Remarks by Tara Currie, Rally at Rep Dan Donovan’s office (Sept 4, 2017): Take Trump’s Hands Off Nuclear Trigger
Just as we once thought that we no longer had the need to assert that there is no such thing as a good Nazi, we are finding that we must once again proclaim that nuclear weapons present a horrific danger, and make the case for their elimination. They don’t protect us or make us safer. In fact, nuclear weapons make our world more, not less, dangerous. We saw this throughout the Cold War in the 1950s as the US and USSR attempted to outdo each other in stockpiling enough weapons to destroy the planet many times over. Then China developed nuclear weapons to deter the USSR from attacking it, which led India to become nuclear-armed, compelling Pakistan to develop a nuclear weapons program of its own. And today, we see that North Korea has concluded that it needs to become nuclear-armed in order to deter the U.S. from attacking it.
The increased military threat is not the only way nuclear weapons endanger us. Their development and maintenance is highly polluting. And they don’t come cheap. The Trump administration is now supporting a proposal developed under the Obama administration to “upgrade” our nuclear arsenal at a cost of $1 trillion over 10 years. This, at a time when our subways, bridges, and roads are crumbling. What great nation would allow its public transportation system to exist in the condition that ours does? You can see why if you look at where the money is being spent.
122 Nations Vote for Treaty to Legally Ban Nuclear Weapons!
July 7, 2017: United Nations, New York:
In December of last year, President-elect Donald J. Trump tweeted that the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability ‘until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes’.
On July 7, 2017, 122 nations voted for a treaty, to legally prohibit the development, testing, production, manufacture, possession, stockpiling, use, or threat of use of nuclear weapons. This unambiguously demonstrates that the majority of the world’s countries have indeed come to their senses regarding nuclear weapons. The United States and the other nuclear-armed nations boycotted the negotiations and refused to sign. The Netherlands participated in the negotiations but votes against. It hosts nuclear weapons belonging to the United States. The Doomsday Clock is ticking…When will the US and the other nuclear-armed states come to their senses?”
The next major step will be to get those governments which voted for the treaty to sign it when it opens for signature on September 20, and then to ratify it. The treaty requires 50 states to formally join before it enters into force. This should occur soon, and when it does, the treaty will become international law.
Our next priority is educating the public about the treaty so that we can build the popular pressure needed in our own country as well as the other nuclear-armed countries and those that host nuclear weapons (NATO, Japan, South Korea etc.) to eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
“Despite the promises of past administration, the United States has 6,970 nuclear weapons, and spends approximately $61.3 billion per year on maintaining the arsenal – 20 times the cost of the U.S. commitment to the Paris Climate Deal, and 15 times the funding gap of the global refugee crisis. The United States is considering modernizing its nuclear arsenal, with $1.2 trillion in costs over 30 years,” according to Kate Alexander, the Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State. “These costs are unnecessary and dangerously erode our nation’s fiscal and national security priorities”.
Clearly we have a long way to go, but this treaty is a step forward and opens new avenues for addressing this major issue. For some ideas as to what these avenues might be, check out this article by Zia Mian in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Women’s March to Ban the Bomb!
June, 23, 2017
The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb was held last Saturday, June 17.
The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb is a women’s led initiative building on bringing together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faith, political affiliations and background to march and rally in New York City and around the world in support of negotiations taking place at the United Nations for a treaty banning nuclear weapons. And despite the rain there was a robust turnout of people that gathered to show support for this organization. View our SmugMug gallery of images by Matthew Weinstein. The BFP contingent to the Women’s March To Ban The Bomb was there joining other groups from all over the planet in marching in solidarity to ban the use of nuclear weapons.
As stated on the Women March to Ban the Bomb website – the March was a success, but the work isn’t over. We need to continue to speak out against weapons of mass destruction and move toward a world where nuclear disarmament is the saner alternative. View video of rally
If you are still wondering why people would brave the side-ways rain, these videos should help you in understanding why this issue is of great importance and why a little rain didn’t stop this march and rally.
Also watch Joanne Robinson powerful 3 minute speech at Women’s March to Ban the Bomb “June 17, 2017” on YouTube. https://youtu.be/F8rbhCLFnUI
Sat 6/17, 2017: Women’s March to Ban the Bomb! Led by Women, Everybody Welcome!
We believe that “Nuclear Zero”-an end to nuclear proliferation, complete nuclear disarmament by all countries including the United States which now possess nuclear weapons, and the end of nuclear power as an energy source-is among the most critical issues of our time. The United States, as the first nuclear power and the only nation to use nuclear weapons to intentionally kill human beings, bears a special responsibility to act immediately, consistently, and cooperatively within the international community, to foster “Nuclear Zero.”
We also oppose nuclear power as an energy source, because it is inherently dangerous to human health and the environment, it is an opening and cover for nuclear weapons proliferation, and also is a very costly diversion from benign, renewable, sustainable energy alternatives.
Support for a national policy of “Nuclear Zero” will require the education and mobilization of Americans of all ages.
We need to hold President Obama accountable for his position as expressed in Prague on April 5, 2009: “One nuclear weapon exploded in one city–be it New York or Moscow, Islamabad or Mumbai, Tokyo or Tel Aviv, Paris or Prague–could kill hundreds of thousands of people. And no matter where it happens, there is no end to what the consequences might be–for our global safety, our security, our society, our economy, to our ultimate survival.”
Could NYC evacuate for a nuclear attack? What about a nuclear accident at Indian Point?
The recent preparations for Superstorm Sandy are only a small part of what would be necessary in the event of a nuclear attack, or a nuclear accident an Indian Point. While this experience is still fresh in our minds, let’s remind Mayor DeBlasio that the only way to keep NYC safe from these disasters is to make it a City of Peace, and to close Indian Point. Continue reading →
Town Hall Sessions
Recognizing the importance of citizen participation to effect change in government policies regarding nuclear weapons as well as nuclear power, the Nuclear Zero Committee has sponsored two Town Halls which have featured experts on nuclear policy responding in an open Question and Answer format.
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Basic Fact Sheets
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