Despite the global hopes raised by President Obama's Prague speech last spring, the Obama administration has recently requested the largest budget ever for nuclear weapons activities -- a 14% increase in spending for nuclear warheads in fiscal year 2011; a $5 billion increase over the next five years. In a time of twin global economic and environmental crises and growing competition over natural resources, the dangers of conflicts among nuclear-armed states are increasing. (Click here to download a report on the nuclear budget.) We can't afford to wait decades more for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
On the eve of the UN's Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, thousands of people from around the world will gather in New York City for a weekend of inspiring and powerful activities to demand that President Obama and the leaders of the other nuclear-armed nations commence negotiations on a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within our lifetimes.
Please join us for the international conference April 30-May 1 and a rally, march and peace and music festival May 2! Or come for the Sunday rally, march and festival by reserving a seat on the UJP bus.
Even if you can't get to New York, there are a number of important actions you can take in your own community, wherever you live, to support our efforts for a peaceful and just world free from the threat of nuclear disaster.
1) Contact local officials! YOU can help us by contacting local officials, such as your City Council or Boards of Select-persons or Alderpersons and ask them to pass the resolution calling for a nuclear weapons free world. Click here.
"Whereas the United States Conference of Mayors in 2009 voted unanimously to call on President Obama "to announce at the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference the initiation of good faith multilateral negotiations on an international agreement to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020,
"Be it resolved that the City Council of…..(or Board of Aldermen of……) adds its voice of support to this unanimous, urgent call of the United States Conference of Mayors. Be it further resolved that notification of this resolution be sent to President Obama and to our Members of Congress."
2) Enlist your mayor! YOU can support the Mayors for Peace "Cities Are Not Targets" recruitment drive by enrolling your mayor in Mayors for Peace. As of March 1, Mayors for Peace had 3,680 members in 135 countries and regions; 156 in the U.S. Is your mayor one of them? Help Mayors for Peace reach 5,000 members by May! Click here.
3) Sign the petition! YOU can join the millions around the world who are signing petitions for abolition of nuclear weapons to be delivered to the White House and the United Nations at the time of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May. Click here.
To join the UJP Nuclear Abolition Task Force in working on these projects, contact Shelagh Foreman or call Mass Peace Action at (617) 354-2169.
|No End In Sight||Tue Jul 7||7:00pm||Salem SATV||Salem|
|The Boston Olympic Bid, Communities of Color, and the Future of Our City||Thu Jul 16||6:00pm||Freedom House||Dorchester|
|Nuclear Weapons: Are They Legal?||Thu Jul 16||6:30pm||Framingham Public Library||Framingham|
|70 Years: Never Again||Thu Aug 6||1:00pm||Across Massachusetts|
|Peace and Planet: Poetry and Performance||Sun Aug 9||6:00pm||Out of the Blue Gallery||Cambridge|