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Advocacy Against Nuclear Weapons


Advocacy Needed Against Nuclear Weapons and Threats of War

As you may know from the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize announcement last week, 122 nations adopted this past summer theTreaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which outlaws the worst weapons of mass destruction and establishes a pathway to their elimination.  The United States did not participate.  To send a message to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, telling her that the US should sign the treaty and abolish nuclear weapons, go tohttp://nuclearban.org/ .

U.S. nuclear forces, operated by the Air Force and Navy, have entered a years-long period that will see the modernization of warheads, bombs, and delivery systems.  The Congressional Budget Office estimated in February that maintaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear forces will cost $400 billion between 2017 and 2026.  These funds represent resources that will not be available to help end hunger, improve access to education, move the U.S. economy toward more sustainable energy practices, or aid recovery from natural disasters.

Shortly into his tenure, President Obama declared “America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”  Despite this, most of the ongoing modernization began under his administration, and fewer U.S. nuclear weapons were eliminated under him than under any other post–Cold War president.  President Trump declared shortly after his election that he would seek to “greatly strengthen and expand [U.S.] nuclear capability.”

Please consider signing a statement from Pax Christi USA telling Congress and the administration that you don't want to "totally destroy" North Korea or throw out the Iran nuclear deal. Go to  https://paxchristiusa.org/2017/09/26/tell-congress-we-dont-need-to-totally-destroy-north-korea-we-need-the-iran-deal/.

 I am signing it this morning.  I hope that you can sign also.  Thanks everyone.  -Br. Chris





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