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1.  Show up for GZ’s nonviolent actions.

2.  Educate yourself about nuclear weapons

3.  TAKE ACTION! 

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!!!

North Korea

Russia

Nuclear Weapons

  • 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.

Militarism

  • 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.

4.  Challenge faith leaders and the faithful to put into practice their church’s teachings on nuclear weapons.

5.  Write op-eds and letters to the media and friends.

6.  Join nuclear resistance groups.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action

Physicians for Social Responsibility

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: ICAN

People’s Decade for Nuclear Abolition

Global Zero

7.  Engage in discussion about nuclear abolition. 

You don’t have to be an expert to talk with neighbors and family about the danger of nuclear weapons.