NEWS & UPDATES
In the past week, members within the Back from the Brink coalition have placed op-eds in three different papers, from coast to coast. The interest in these op-eds reflects the growing concern in this country about the real threats of nuclear war, but it also shows that citizens are ready to take action and demand saner nuclear policies.
On December 10th, Montgomery Country, Maryland became the first county to pass a Back from the Brink resolution, joining cities and states around the country in calling on our elected officials to take commonsense steps to prevent nuclear war.
On Wednesday November 13th, Portland, OR became the latest city to pass a Back from the Brink resolution, alongside other important peace issues. Portland is the 39th city to pass a Back from the Brink resolution, and the first in Oregon, although the state legislature passed a similar resolution earlier this year.
On November 6th, Honolulu became the first city in Hawaii and the 38th city nationwide to pass a Back from the Brink resolution to prevent nuclear war. Being both the capital and largest city in the state, this is a huge accomplishment for the Veterans for Peace activists who initiated the resolution.
On October 16th, Arcata, CA became the 37th city nationally, and the 6th in California to endorse the Back from the Brink policy platform, thanks to a strong coalition of local activists that included Against the Wind, Veterans for Peace, the Golden Rule Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Quakers.
On September 25, 2019, Back from the Brink hosted a webinar titled “Back from the Brink: Organizing Locally to Prevent Nuclear War.” The goal of the webinar was to share the successes the campaign has had so far, provide tools to help get more involved, and to connect interested parties to others in their area who can provide guidance and assistance.
On September 23rd, the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates released a statement of support for the Back from the Brink campaign as well as other international efforts to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons...
Join us on September 25 as we launch the next phase of the Back from the Brink initiative with a national webinar: Back from the Brink – Organizing Locally to Prevent Nuclear War. We’ll share some of our successes, lessons learned so far, and present strategies and tools for individuals and organizations to take action locally.
On August 13th 2019, national environmental organization the Sierra Club endorsed the Back from the Brink Campaign.
On August 6th, Tucson passed Arizona’s first Back from the Brink resolution, becoming the 33rd city/town to endorse our policy agenda to prevent nuclear war. This momentous victory comes on the heels of strong, long-standing nuclear weapons advocacy in Tucson, and builds upon previous votes in the City Council against nuclear weapons in 1987 and 2006.
On June 24th, Oregon’s House of Representatives voted to approve Senate Joint Memorial 5 (SJM 5), which urges congress to lead a global effort to reduce the threat of nuclear war, making it the second state in the nation after California to pass such legislation in both chambers. The bill passed the Oregon Senate on May 20th.
Santa Barbara–On June 18, 2019, the Santa Barbara City Council voted 6 to 1 to include in the new, revised legislative platform for the city, language that supports the prohibition of nuclear weapons, subject to Congressional oversight. The city’s legislative platform...