At Peace Action we’re all in as participants in the debate over efforts to block Iran’s capability to one day build a nuclear weapon -- if Iran makes a future decision to build a weapon.
But what about a debate over the thousands of nuclear weapons already deployed by countries like the U.S., Russia, France, and Israel? Those weapons’ very existence threatens us each day.
Over the last five days, I’ve been in New York for the UN’s Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference. It’s inspiring to join nearly 8,000 peace advocates in our “Peace and Planet” mobilization in rallies and education on global disarmament alongside the conference.
Can you write Congress today? Ask the U.S. to take steps towards a nuclear weapons free world.
The NPT review conference is a chance for all nations of the world to come together to work towards the elimination of the nuclear threat. The nuclear weapons states, like the U.S., ought to be leading the charge given the NPT mandate that they work towards their own disarmament.
Sadly, the United States is not in a great position to help lead the world in eliminating the nuclear weapons threat. Unbelievably, the U.S. is instead embarking on a politically and fiscally disastrous 30-year, $1-trillion campaign further develop the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
That sure isn’t walking the anti-nuclear weapons talk.
That’s why we’re supporting the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act. The SANE Act is a bill that would save taxpayers approximately $100 billion over ten years by scaling down, delaying, or canceling a variety of obsolete nuclear weapons programs.
Congress will be facing some tough trade offs very soon. The budget ax will fall somewhere. By acting now, and recruiting Congressional allies, we can help put nukes on the chopping block.
Just think what we could do with the $100 billion we could cut from nuclear weapons. Our communities desperately need those resources to invest in jobs, infrastructure, and education.
Peace Action formed over 60 years ago as The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy. The SANE Act’s name is a nod to all those years of activism – and now we need to keep it going.
Humbly for Peace,
Paul Kawika Martin
P.S. By sending a quick letter to Congress to rein in nuclear weapons spending, in makes it more likely that when the budget ax does fall it’s nukes that get cut – not programs we care about. Please edit the letter with your own words to personalize your concerns.
P.P.S I hope you’ll stop by and check out some of the photos from the “Peace and Planet” rally and conference in New York on Peace Action’s Facebook page.