NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

OUR GOALS

We believe an important space in the Nuclear abolition discourse has been opened by the coming into force of the landmark Treaty for The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on January 22, 2021. The opening has been further widened by the evident increase in risk from the egregious behavior of the Trump administration with respect to all things nuclear weapons related, beginning with then candidate Trump’s question to a foreign policy advisor in 2016, “If we have these weapons, why can’t we use them?”

This statement combined with other destabilizing actions have enhanced the public’s recognition globally that, whether by design, miscalculation or accident, the probability of a nuclear weapon’s being detonated is no longer a statistical question of whether, but only of when. The presence of the nuclear arsenals, and the severely damaged treaty limits, mean that even with a more savvy president, unless major changes in the international, and especially the US, dialog occur immediately, such an event becomes inevitable.

We choose to begin the campaign with what we judge to be the most achievable public policy:  a congressional resolution coupled with a presidential statement that the United States will never be a “First Strike” or First Use country.

On the campaign trail, President Biden stated on more than one occasion that he would be the first president in US history to make that policy statement. And there is more than one bill in Congress addressing this. So, this seems a very real possibility in the near term. Read our full campaign statement on our blog. >>

Join us in this work— contact David Borris at David@ChiPeaceAction.org for updates on the next campaign meeting. 

“Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change.” — John Mecklin for Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The most important international treaty on arms control in 50 years, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons became international law on January 22, 2021. Panelists remark on this historic moment and call on the United States to take tangible steps to change its nuclear weapons policies.

People created nuclear weapons and designed the systems governing their use — and people can work to eliminate them.

As residents of, by far, the biggest military power in the world, we must continually press our leaders to take the actions necessary to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again, and to negotiate in good faith the global elimination of these most devastating weapons of mass destruction.

As the only country to use nuclear weapons in conflict, the United States has a moral obligation to lead the world in ending this threat and to remember all those who were harmed in their detonation, testing and development.

RECENT WORK

    • On January 22nd, the day the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons took affect, we mobilized with partner groups for a caravan in downtown Chicago. Read about the action here. 
    • In anticipation of that significant day,  we organized a panel of experts to talk about the importance of nuclear disarmament. Watch the recording of the webinar here. 
    • On both the 75th anniversary of the horrific nuclear attack on Nagasaki the International Day to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons we held rallies and processions to the Henry Moore Sculpture in Hyde Park. We covered our cars with anti-nuclear signs and flew black flags during the procession. Many onlookers witnessed our message as we drove by populated city areas. 
    • In June of 2020, we lobbied Rep. Jan Schakowsky on an extension of the new START treaty.
    • We showed up in support of the resolution on Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons at the Evanston City Council in early 2020. 
    • Public education on this existential threat is critical to our advocacy. Last December, we hosted a film screening of “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” followed by discussion of the Treaty to Prevent Nuclear Weapons.
    • We worked with local faith congregations and the Union of Concerned Scientists to have  the Evanston City Council in the fall of 2019 to pass a “Back from the Brink” anti-nuclear weapon resolution.
    • CAPA is an endorsing organization of the Back from the Brink: the call to Prevent Nuclear War campaign.

And the work continues. If you would like to get involved with this work, please contact the campaign convener at David@ChiPeaceAction.org to learn more.

 

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EMAIL: capa@chipeaceaction.org

PHONE: (224) 645-1203

ADDRESS: 535 Custer Ave. Evanston, IL 60202

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