Robert Dodge / AntiWar.com & Prevent Nuclear War – 2018-09-03 23:06:31
Preventing Nuclear War: A National Campaign Emerges
Robert Dodge / AntiWar.com
(September 3, 2018) — A national collaborative grassroots coalition to abolish nuclear weapons is rapidly emerging in this country. The effort called “Back from the Brink: A Call to Prevent Nuclear War” started last fall after the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations with the US and other nuclear nations boycotting. [Note: North Korea was the only nuclear state to vote for initiating ban negotiations. — EAW.]
The campaign endorses the Treaty and important protective policies such as ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack, renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first, taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert, and canceling US plans to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons.
This Call was crafted by dozens of organizations including Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Soka Gakkai International.
Nationally this effort is bringing together social, environmental and economic justice communities recognizing that their concerns are all connected and that there is no greater insult, impact or effect to each of these than nuclear war. Our families, children and communities have a right to exist in a world free of this threat.
The driving force for this movement has been the existential threat posed by nuclear weapons and the recognition that there is no meaningful medical or humanitarian response to nuclear war. It is fitting that in August, 73 years after the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, 1945 respectively that significant progress was made in the US toward the elimination of these weapons.
Following the US Council of Mayors’ unanimous adoption of the Resolution at their annual June meeting in Boston where it was sponsored by Mayor Franklin Cownie of Des Moines, Iowa, the Los Angeles and Baltimore City Councils unanimously adopted the Resolution. Eleven other cities around the nation as well as more than 150 faith organizations, civic groups, and thousands of individuals have done so as well.
Taking the national lead, the California Legislature passed Assemblywoman Monique Limon’s AJR 33 in the State Assembly on August 20th and Senate on August 28th. This measure from the nation’s largest state and 6th largest global economy, urges our federal leaders and our nation to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, to make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy, and to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war. The Call itself empowers everyone from individual citizens to organizations, communities and states to take action in the international movement to abolish nuclear weapons.
The rest of the world is speaking out for nuclear disarmament as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is being ratified. Once ratified by 50 nation states, it will ban nuclear weapons, just as every other weapon of mass destruction including chemical and biological weapons have been banned. Open for signature since last September, presently there are 60 nations that have signed the Treaty and 14 nations who have ratified it, the latest being New Zealand in July.
We the people of the US must join this international effort. As the only nuclear nation to have used these immoral weapons and one who maintains 45 percent of the 14,400 global weapons, we have a moral and legal responsibility; as a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) we promised to work for the complete abolition of these weapons.
Nuclear war must never be fought and cannot be won. The only way to prevent this is by the complete abolition of these weapons. The existence of these weapons and the threat they pose is a threat that does not have to be.
This is a threat invented by man and is a threat that man can eliminate. It is not a threat that will magically go away or that “they” will take care of. It is a threat that we the people must demand be eliminated. In a functional democracy, it is imperative that all citizens make their voices heard.
Robert Dodge writes for PeaceVoice, is a family physician practicing in Ventura, California, is the Co-Chair of the Security Committee of National Physicians for Social Responsibility (winner of the1985 Nobel Peace Prize) and is the President of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles. The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War launched the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007. ICAN is the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Read more by Robert Dodge
* Hibakusha and Hope in the Nuclear Age — August 8th, 2018
* Poor Posture: Trump’s Nuclear Doctrine Resumes Cold War — February 4th, 2018
* ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize Is Humanity’s Rx for Survival — October 9th, 2017
* A Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty — Rx for Survival — July 9th, 2017
* Nuclear Weapons — The Time for Abolition is Now — October 31st, 2016
The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
Prevent Nuclear War
“The fate of the world and the future of the human race
is involved with preventing a nuclear war.”
— John F. Kennedy, Third Nixon-Kennedy Presidential Debate, October 13, 1960
The danger of nuclear war is real and growing — we are marching to the brink of a catastrophe that threatens all of humanity. We need to act now.
Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War is a national grassroots campaign seeking to fundamentally change US nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on.
The Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations around the country to endorse The Call and build a national movement to get the US government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join the campaign and help build a safer world for our children to inherit.
We call on the United States to lead
a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:
1 – Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
2 – Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any US president to launch a nuclear attack
3 – Taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
4 – Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons
5 – Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
The United States plans to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years to replace its entire nuclear arsenal and build new, “more usable” nuclear weapons.
You, Me, All of Us
Scientists, doctors, faith leaders, elected officials, artists, musicians, authors, working folks, organizations big and small. You, me, all of us. The Call gives everyone a simple way to speak out, be involved . . . and make a difference.
Most of the world’s roughly 15,000 nuclear weapons are far more destructive than the bombs the United States dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which killed over 100,000 people and injured many more.
Every hour of every day, taxpayers pay over $2 million to maintain the US nuclear arsenal.
In July 2017, 122 countries — 63% of UN member states — adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations which makes it illegal under international law to develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.
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