This fall, Back from the Brink will be organizing around the 2nd Meeting of States Parties (2MSP) to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which will be held in New York City from November 27th to December 1st, 2023.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a big deal — it’s the first legally binding international agreement to prohibit nuclear weapons with the ultimate goal being their total elimination. To date, 92 countries have signed the treaty and 68 have ratified it. Their voices, concerns, and desire for a safer world matter.

Unfortunately, the U.S. government and the Biden administration (like all nuclear-armed states) actively oppose the treaty. We believe that the TPNW can be an effective — but by no means the only — tool to make progress on global nuclear disarmament. If we can successfully press our federal administration to send an observer delegation, it would be a huge step forward in U.S. leadership on nuclear disarmament, and send a strong signal to other nuclear-armed states.

That’s where you come in:

Ask your local, county, and state elected officials to sign a BftB-organized letter to President Biden urging him to (1) send an observer delegation to the 2MSP and (2) to initiate negotiations with all nuclear weapons states toward a verifiable, timebound agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the planet.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Identify your local, county, and state elected officials

You can identify them by entering your address on https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Here are some of the titles of the representatives we recommend you contact: mayor, governor, city councilor, county commissioner, state senator, and state representative.

2. Find and note down contact information for your elected officials

The results page on https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials will often list the phone number of elected officials. To find an email address, you may need to navigate to a “Contact Us” page on the website listed under their name.

3. Contact your local elected officials via phone or email asking that them to sign onto our letter to President Biden urging him to send an observer delegation to the 2MSP and to take leadership on nuclear disarmament.

We’ve prepared a sample email and phone script that you can use when contacting your local elected officials.


We’ve seen that sometimes all it takes is a constituent asking for support for an elected official to pay attention and sign on, and we can’t do that without you.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to jeremy@preventnuclearwar.org if you have any questions or want further advice on how to reach out to your officials.

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