Action Alert

Written on: August 4, 2016

The invitation to action from Peace Action, has much good food for thought. We hope you may be inclined or write a letter to the editor, or perhaps have the occasion to enter into a conversation about it, anything to raise consciousness that nuclear war is never to happen again. There’s a good article briefly tracing recent history and the US position on nuclear weapons. Given our corporate stand, you may want to read it as a refresher course!

Pace e bene,  Sister Diane

Saturday, August 6th marks the 71st anniversary of the U.S. dropping the worlds first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. That bomb, followed by a second on August 9th over Nagasaki, killed nearly 200,000 people, most of which were civilians. That is exactly what these horrific weapons are designed to do – indiscriminately kill vast amounts of people.

This should never, ever happen again.

Newspapers across the country will be running stories marking the anniversary of these tragic events. Please write a letter to the editor of your local paper to urge your members of Congress to support steps toward reducing the threat of nuclear weapons.

Currently, the U.S., Russia, China and 6 other countries possess over 15,000 nuclear weapons. Every single one of them is magnitudes more powerful than those dropped on Japan. Peace Action has worked tirelessly for global nuclear weapons abolition for nearly sixty years. While we won’t abolish nuclear weapons before Clinton or Trump take office, we can press to reduce the dangers they threaten us with today.

Please take a moment write a letter to the editor. In it, urge your members of Congress to support these steps to reduce the danger of nuclear weapons:

  • Oppose plans to modernize the U.S. stockpile to 2080 and beyond. This is a waste of nearly $1 trillion dollars, and a terrible signal that could launch another global nuclear arms race.
  • Cancel the Long Range Stand Off missile (LRSO). This new nuclear cruise missile is duplicative in the arsenal and destabilizing in the world.
  • Push the President to issue a “no-first-use” policy for the U.S. In no scenario should our country be the one to start a nuclear war, period.
    Nuclear weapons are one of the greatest threats to our safety today. While visiting Hiroshima last month, President Obama said “We have a shared responsibility to look directly into the eye of history and ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again.”

    I couldn’t agree more. Please take some time now to write a letter to the editor. When members of Congress read about nuclear weapons this weekend, let’s make sure they read about specific steps they can take to reduce their threat today.

    In Peace,

    Jon Rainwater

    Executive Director
    Peace Action

PS – As guests of the two largest Japanese peace organizations, I’m currently in Hiroshima with our Policy and Political Affairs Director to commemorate the anniversary and collaborate with our international allies. We’ll be giving speeches and workshops about U.S. nuclear weapons and how to work together toward nuclear abolition. Stay tuned to our social media sites for pictures, video and more of these events.

To read more about the GNSH opposition to the dangerous use of nuclear anything click here

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