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.
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
• 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!
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]