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.
Tell Congress that Nuclear Weapons Are Banned
On July 7 at the United Nations, 122 nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In addition to banning use and threat of use, this new treaty also bans possession, stockpiling, transfer, development, testing, production, manufacturing, and acquisition of nuclear weapons, among other important prohibitions.
This treaty is an important step toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The majority of the world’s nations consider nuclear weapons to be illegal, immoral, and prohibited.
We were dismayed that the United States actively boycotted this process and responded to it in a hostile manner. Responding to the newly-adopted treaty in a joint statement, the U.S., UK, and France stated, “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.”
This is yet another example of the U.S. ceding its leadership role in the world. While the majority of the world has negotiated in good faith to ban nuclear weapons, the U.S. and other nuclear-armed nations stubbornly continue to cling to the concept of nuclear deterrence.
The U.S., for example, is in the process of upgrading its nuclear arsenal and production infrastructure at a cost of over $1 trillion over the next three decades.
Please take a moment today to send a message to your elected representatives in Washington, DC, letting them know about the new nuclear ban treaty.
Ask them to consider this emerging legal norm prohibiting nuclear weapons as they make decisions on funding nuclear weapons programs in next year’s budget.
Preventing the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
A team of five NAPF representatives was in Washington, DC in May 2017 to conduct meetings with Congressional and Administration offices. Our interns Kristian and Sarah were joined in DC by our Director of Programs Rick Wayman, our Board Chair Robert Laney, and our Board Vice Chair Mark Hamilton.
Along with 70 grassroots activists and experts from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, we asked government officials to cut the out-of-control nuclear weapons budget, and to increase U.S. commitment to cleaning up the vast radioactive contamination from over 70 years of nuclear weapons production.
Can you help us by supporting one of our major requests?
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) have introduced bills in the House and Senate to reduce the likelihood of the United States using nuclear weapons first in a conflict. The bills would prohibit the President of the United States from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war by Congress.
Of course, we believe strongly that nuclear weapons should never be used under any circumstances. This bill would not legislate that, but it would make it much more difficult for the President to use nuclear weapons, which we believe is a move in the right direction.
Please write your Representative and Senators today and ask them to sign on to H.R. 669 in the House or S.200 in the Senate.
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.
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.