The horrific war in Israel and Gaza is the latest reminder that the world is a nuclear tinderbox—one bad decision or miscalculation away from nuclear war—and it’s well past time to get serious about getting rid of nuclear weapons.
A member of Israel’s Knesset has suggested the use of nuclear weapons against Hamas in Gaza. Russian officials have repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Here in the United States, a report just came out from so-called experts recommending that the U.S. be able to fight and “win” two simultaneous wars against nuclear-armed Russia and China.
This is lunacy. What exactly does winning a nuclear war look like? Do these leaders and experts in Washington have a realistic plan to prevent nuclear war that doesn’t involve building new nuclear weapons that would actually increase, not reduce, nuclear risks?
Their plans lead to more danger. Our plans lead to more security. The only way to solve this problem and save humanity is to get rid of the nuclear weapons. All of them. That’s the core goal and focus of our campaign and that of scores of countries and millions of people around the world.
To build real power and make progress, we have to make nuclear weapons a local issue — and get lots more people involved and speaking out, including our local and state elected officials whose voices and influence matter in Washington.
At this time of grave international conflict, we must step up to advocate for a safer, more peaceful and just path. Please urge your local, county and state elected officials to sign this BftB-organized letter to President Biden. This includes mayors, governors, city councilors, county commissioners, state senators and state representatives.
We’ve created a page on our website to facilitate this process and make this a one-minute action on your part.
In our letter, we call for President Biden to (1) send an observer delegation to the 2nd Meeting of States Parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) to be held in New York City in late November AND (2) to initiate negotiations with all nuclear weapons states toward a verifiable, timebound agreement to eliminate all nuclear weapons from the planet.
Adopted at the UN in July 2017, the TPNW bans the use, possession, testing, and transfer of nuclear weapons under international law. To date, 93 countries have signed the treaty and 69 have ratified it. The Biden administration (like all nuclear weapons states) actively opposes the treaty.
This attitude needs to change, and one step in that direction would be sending a delegation to New York to listen to what the rest of the world has to say and to invite all of the world’s nuclear weapons states to a “no preconditions” nuclear disarmament summit.
Now with two major, deadly wars involving several nuclear-armed states underway, it’s well past time to get serious about nuclear disarmament.
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