#15 Abolishing Nuclear Weapons
To Abolish Nuclear Weapons - Opportunity is Knocking NOW!
A Beautiful Cloud They Make, But Deadly
Will We Escape Our Own Ultimate Weapon?
The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons is an AFWW Battleground
The April 2009 AFWW newsletter also addressed the nuclear issue. In the opening section on "levers" and "fulcrums" it provided an explanation for why focusing on abolishing nuclear weapons is a key battleground, a key step if you will, in a campaign to abolish war itself. Read that argument along with other information and links.
Unity & Focus: Ending-war Activists Need Unity and Focus.
With Respect to Nuclear Weapons, NOW Presents a Great Opportunity
To state the obvious, nuclear weapons are dangerous to our species and our cultures and wastefully expensive. This next six months are critical. If you want to help the cause of ending war, please consider taking just a bit of time from whatever else you're doing to let your voice reach our politicians. Take a moment to reflect on whether you might give some cash to support those who work directly on our behalf on dismantling and ending this resource consuming and dangerous weapons program.
We will have success in ultimately abolishing war only if we learn how to coordinate our efforts. Were Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. alive, AFWW believes both men would solidly throw their weight behind this abolition effort. Living peace activist are doing so. So are presidents, generals, media and business moguls (see Global Zero below).
Thoughtful and knowledgeable people familiar with this nuclear mega-entity know that its risks are simply too great to be tolerated any longer (see "Call for a Nuclear Free World" below). And we have, at last, a powerful champion of the cause in President of the United States, Barack Obama.
Why Now? Why This Year, This Six Months? Six Critical Events!
A Peace Action West's Blog lists and briefly describes the importance of these key events. Note that the first event, a Senate debate over START, is due to take place right away, in January:
WAND (Women's Actions for New Directions) is another organization working to shift U.S. budget priorities, with special emphasis on eliminating nukes. They, too, have a page summarizing their take on the events to take place in these six months, "Can We Clear the Nuclear Shadow."
What You Can Do
E-mail or Phone your Representatives
Our heavily burdened legislators have so many demands being put on them. They must prioritize. And they will decide their priorities by how much push in what directions they feel from their constituents.
When supporters of a good cause came to President Franklin Roosevelt seeking his support, it's said that he told them that he loved their cause and believed in it. And then he said to them, "Now go out there and make me do it!"
That's the way the system works. We need to pressure our Congress Members, Senators, and the President's office itself. Let them know we expect them to act to end this wasteful and dangerous program, and we expect them to ACT ACCORDINGING NOW! By contacting them we give them both support and political cover. We allow them to tell their colleagues that their constituents are lobbying hard on this issue.
So we need to push as hard as we can. For those of us in the United States that means to contact our legislators, senators, congressmen, and the administration, and do it more than once. They do keep track of every e-mail, every call.
Contact them by email: you can find their addresses easily enough at government websites for that purpose.
Contact your U.S. senator
Contact your U. S. congress member
Contact the White House
If you prefer to call you'll find appropriate phone numbers on the same pages. It is so easy. It takes little time. And it DOES make a difference. Every call, for and against, is counted. Let our voices be the majority!
"The only way to eliminate the possibility of climatic catastrophe is to eliminate the nuclear weapons."
- Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon, Sci. Am. January 2010.
A Good Book
Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U. S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 , Stephen Schartz (ed.)
A Good Movie
"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb." Director - Stanley Kubrik, Starring Peter Sellers