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April 18th UPDATE (and Urgent Actions):
President continues to Tweet the world toward the brink of (nuclear) disaster. On April 11th he Tweeted, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” This was about North Korea’s threats in response to this month’s massive joint U.S/South Korean military exercises that began on April 1st.
Don’t Give Trump a Blank Check for Endless War!!!
Donald Trump just illegally bombed Syria, can’t wait to scrap the Iran deal, and is building more “usable” nukes. And he is literally building a war cabinet. Congress must take urgent steps to restrict the president’s war-making ability. Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine’s proposed new Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or AUMF, would give Trump a blank check for worldwide, endless war. Tell Congress “DON’T GIVE TRUMP A BLANK CHECK FOR ENDLESS WAR.”
Also, with Earth Day coming up, we invite you to join and support the effort To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An appeal for Earth Day, 2018. Fighting wars and preparing our military for war inflict all kinds of damage on the global ecosystem, including by emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases. The US military is also the largest single source of US environmental pollution. The sign-on deadline is April 22nd!
Please call your Senators and let them know that the appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor is dangerous to U.S. national security interests. You can reach your Senators’ offices by calling the Capital Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Please urge your Senators to vote to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to Secretary of State to prevent our nation being dragged into terrible wars of choice in North Korea and Iran. Together, Pompeo and Bolton will comprise what the New York Times’ David Sanger calls, “the most radically aggressive foreign policy team around the American president in modern memory.”
We need to build on this momentum to continue efforts to build peace on the Korean peninsula, while simultaneously ramping back tensions with Russia and working to de-emphasize nuclear weapons in our government’s national security strategy.
Take your time, and don’t try to tackle all these actions at once. We’ve listed the most urgent, time-sensitive issue(s) at the top of the list. And please share these actions with as many people you can; we need a huge groundswell of citizen-based action to be successful in our efforts. Thank you!!!
- Please join Codepink in thanking South Korean President Moon and the South Korean people for their great accomplishment to bring diplomatic talks between the US and North Korea (that will occur in May). Diplomacy is the only way to peace!
- Tell Congress: Demand Trump fill all diplomatic positions to South and North Korea immediately. Trump has not yet appointed an ambassador to South Korea. And just recently, the State Department’s senior diplomat in charge of North Korea resigned. There can be no diplomacy without diplomats!
- Tell your senators and representative to co-sponsor legislation that would prevent a military strike against North Korea without congressional authorization. These common sense bills, H.R.4837 and S.2016, urgently need more co-sponsors.
- Sign the People’s Peace Treaty with North Korea. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an Armistice Agreement. Today, 65 years later, there is still no peace treaty. It is time to declare peace!
- Click here to Support the Olympic Truce. From Ancient Greece to today, the Olympic Truce has aimed to ensure safe passage for athletes and spectators during the Olympic Games. As the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, draw near, we must ensure that peace prevails on the Korean Peninsula. We encourage you to gather with friends over the next couple of weeks and watch the film “Games of Their Lives,” about the 1966 North Korean World Cup soccer team and the unifying power of sports. Click here for other things you can do to promote diplomacy and peace during the Olympics.
- You can also sign the Athletes for Peace Open Letter to the U.S. Olympic Committee advocating for diplomacy with North Korea.
- Urge your members of Congress to call for direct diplomacy (without preconditions) with North Korea, and against further threats of war.
- You can learn more about “How the U.S. can pursue peace with North Korea” at the American Friends Service Committee web site.
- Urge your faith community to join Evangelicals for Peace “Call to prayer for peace on the Korean peninsula.”
- Tell Congress: Detente, not Escalation with Russia!
- Urge your members of Congress to pursue these four steps to move us away from nuclear war with Russia!
- Call on Congress to say No to More “Usable” Nuclear Weapons (that the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review calls for).
- This past summer, former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor S. Ivanov were two of the four signers of a letter to Presidents Trump and Putin. In it they recommended four essential steps to move away from nuclear war. Click here to ask your Representative and Senators to support these steps.
- Call on your legislator to support the Lieu/Markey legislation which would prevent the President from unilaterally using nuclear weapons without authorisation from the US Congress
- Call on your legislator to support the SANE Act (Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditure), introduced by Senator Markey and Representative Blumenauer, which would slash the bloated nuclear weapons budget and re-invest these resources in climate protection, health, education, job creation, renewable energy and national infrastructure.
- Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act (HR-3853) in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would “provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion … while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion.” Please call, write and/or visit your Representative and ask for co-sponsorship to help get this bill out of the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees to the floor of the House for a vote! Here’s the link to send an email to your Representative.
- Join the more than 50 million people around the world who have signed the international “Appeal of the Hibakusha” for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Click here to learn more and add your name.
- Join the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) in calling on the President and Senate to support the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.
- Call on the United States to attend the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament (coming up in May 2018) at the highest level and to make sincere efforts at the conference to reduce nuclear risks and advance the abolition of nuclear weapons. Click here to find your members of Congress.
- Introduce the Back from the Brink resolution at your professional association, faith community, civic group, educational institution, town hall or municipality. Back from the Brink:A Call to Prevent Nuclear War is an effort of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and other local and national organizations working together to demand fundamental changes to US nuclear weapons policy.
- Are you banking on the bomb? Find out at Don’t Bank on the Bomb where you can learn whether your financial institution is involved in the production, maintenance and modernization of nuclear weapons, and what you can do about it.
- Take the pledge to Divest from the War Machine! Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action is a coalition partner in this campaign to “dismantle the war economy and demand that our nation upholds the rights of every human being to live in freedom and dignity, safe and free from poverty, danger, and despair, both at home and abroad.”
- Just ahead of Earth Day, you can join and support the effort To Save the Earth, Curb Militarism! An appeal for Earth Day, 2018. The sign-on deadline is April 22nd!
- Call on your candidates for the 2018 city, state and federal elections to endorse the Peace Legislators Pledge, which commits candidates to support the peaceful resolution of international conflicts and the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction.
Our efforts do make a difference! Both Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray recently signed on to to the Markey-Feinstein letter on the Nuclear Posture Review thanks to the many constituents who called their offices. Click here to read the letter.