Your voice matters. Communicating with your elected officials on important nuclear issues is a simple way that you can make a difference and help build a more peaceful world. All of our current actions are listed below.
Sign the Open Letter to Presidents Trump and Putin
At a press conference on February 16, 2017, President Donald Trump said, “I want to do the right thing for the American people, and to be honest, secondarily, I want to do the right thing for the world.” Trump said this in the context of U.S.-Russian relations, and immediately referred to each country’s massive nuclear arsenal. He also stated, “Nuclear holocaust would be like no other.”
Nuclear weapons put civilization and the human species at risk of annihilation, which is why we published an open letter to Presidents Trump and Putin in The Hill about this very issue early that same morning. The open letter calls on the two leaders to negotiate for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
The letter was signed by NAPF President David Krieger, NAPF Senior Vice President Richard Falk, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, NAPF Distinguished Fellow Daniel Ellsberg, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. Add your name here to join them.
Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
On January 24, 2017, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate, respectively, entitled the “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017.”
This legislation would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.
While the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation believes strongly that nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances, we do feel that this legislation is a move in the right direction to prevent what amounts to a thermonuclear monarchy.
Please take a few minutes to contact your Representative and Senators and encourage them to co-sponsor this bill, H.R. 669 in the House and S. 200 in the Senate.
Phone calls are a very effective way to get your message across. You can reach your elected officials by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Click here for a sample phone script.
You can also click here to send electronic messages to your Representative and Senators.
Tell State Farm: Don’t Bank on the Bomb
Did you know that all nine nuclear-armed countries are modernizing their nuclear forces? The United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea together spend over $100 billion annually on their nuclear forces.
While the majority of nuclear weapons funding comes from taxpayers in nuclear-armed countries, private sector investors also provide financing that enables the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear arsenals.
A new report by PAX entitled “Don’t Bank on the Bomb” examines in great detail the companies that produce nuclear weapons and the financial institutions that back them.
State Farm, an insurance and financial services company in the United States, is one of the many companies that finance nuclear weapon producers. State Farm presents itself as a “good neighbor” – their advertisements tell you, “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.”
Please take a moment today to write to State Farm CEO Michael Tipsord to let him know that financing nuclear weapons is unacceptable.