Maryland shows strong support for nuclear abolition!
Two Back from the Brink resolutions passed in Maryland recently, bringing the total percentage of Maryland residents living in an area that has passed a BftB resolution to 43%! The community-led efforts in the City of Frederick and Prince George’s County resulted in two unanimous votes in favor of Back from the Brink’s policy platform. We thank and congratulate all of the activists for their time and effort in passing these resolutions!
The Frederick resolution was adopted on August 18. The effort was led by Prevent Nuclear War – Frederick, Prevent Nuclear War – MD, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Soka Gakkai International – USA. The coalition thanks Mayor Michael O’Connor, who is also City Council President, for sponsoring the resolution and supporting its passage. The resolution also called on the federal government to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adding Frederick to the ICAN Cities Appeal list.
The Prince George’s County resolution was adopted on September 13 with leadership from the Peace and Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County (a chapter of MD Peace Action), Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Prevent Nuclear War – MD, Soka Gakkai International – USA, United for Peace and Justice, and Angela Geiger. The coalition thanks County Councilmember Thomas Dernoga who sponsored the resolution, and Darrell Carrington of Carrington and Associates who acted as a consultant for Chesapeake PSR in order to build support among the council.
These successful resolutions will make it easier for communities to demonstrate public support for nuclear weapons abolition with their congressional representatives and state officials, and will help encourage other cities and counties to join in as well. We look forward to hearing even more good news out of Maryland over the coming weeks and months!
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