ACTION ALERT: Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons — May 15 Webinar

May 12th, 2021 - by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Physicians for Social Responsibility, CodePINK, World BEYOND War, et al.

No First Use Conference:
Saturday May 15 @ 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT; 9:30 am -2:00 pm PDT

(May 10, 2021) — A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which would slaughter an estimated 7 billion of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, mostly through starvation.  Building back civilization would require over 1,000 years  [Daniel Ellsberg talk, 12/13/2020].   

A U.S. nuclear strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe.

These are the stakes. 

As a step toward reducing the danger of Nuclear War, a coalition of groups has called upon Congress to legislate — and the President to declare — that the United States will neither initiate nor threaten to initiate the first use of Nuclear Weapons.   

ACTION: Register to

Confirmed Speakers (partial list):

•   Rep. Ted Lieu (California)
•   Sen. Ed Markey (Special message)
•   Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA; video message)
•   William Perry (Sec. of Defense in Clinton administration)
•   Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
•   Elaine Scarry (Harvard; MA Peace Action; CPDCS)
•   Zia Mian (Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University)
•   Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund)
•   Tong Zhao (Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy)
•   Joseph Gerson (CPDCS)
•   Kennette Benedict (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)
•   Max Tegmark (MIT)
•   Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation)
•   Monica Montgomery, John Isaacs (Council for a Livable World)

•   David Swanson (World Beyond War)
•   Carley Towne (CODEPINK)
•   Anna Baker (GBPSR)
•   Kevin Martin (PA)
•   David Borris (CAPA)
•   Erica Fein (Win Without War)
•   Denise Duffield (PSR)
•   Jonathan King (MAPA/MIT)
•   William Hartung (Center for International Policy)
•   Joshua Bennett (Poet, Dartmouth)
•   Jillian Hanesworth (Buffalo Poet Laureate)
•   Bread and Puppet Theater

Breakout Topics:

•  Why No First Use Will Keep Us Safer
•  Communications & Messaging 
•  Social Media / Street Theater / Artivism
•  Congressional Strategy
•  Recruiting/Organization Building
•  Back From the Brink
•  Stopping the “Money Pit Missile”

•  Reducing Nuclear Weapons Budgets

Declaring and legislating a No First Use policy would be a major step to help avoid:

•   A US nuclear attack that escalates
•   Russia or China attacking the US due to a false alarm
•   Violating the US Constitution by a first strike act of war
US threats of a nuclear attack which amount to bullying and blackmailing other countries, and which carry unacceptable risk of starting a general nuclear war.

With the support of a growing number of members of Congress, and President Biden’s 2019 statement that he has supported “No First Use” for 20 years, we have a real chance to take an important step toward reducing the risks of nuclear war in the next year by getting a No First Use policy declared and legislated into law!

ACTION: Register at:

The conference is free but we appreciate donations to support this work.

Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS); Mass Peace Action (MAPA); Council for a Livable World (CLW); CodePINK; Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA); NY Peace Action (PANYS); Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR); Maine Peace Action; MIT Radius; Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR); Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard; Public Citizen; Maryland Peace Action; Institute for People’s Engagement; PeaceWorks Kansas City; Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)  [list still in formation]


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