We are engaged in developing and growing a campaign whose target is restricting the funding of the proposed trillion-dollar nuclear weapons escalation. The emphasis is on building a social movement from the grassroots up.
We support the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. However, as this is not achievable in the foreseeable future, so our work is focused on building a movement that could effectively pursue this ideal goal of complete nuclear elimination.
Long Range Policy Goal:
The long-range policy goal is to reduce the appropriations voted by House Appropriations committees that control the overall defense and nuclear weapons budgets.
Activities Planned in 2017 to Further Policy Goal:
- Growing our Working Group
- Hold Workshop at April 1 MAPA Annual Meeting
- Meet with North Shore group to plan North Shore event;
- Participate in May 6 Conference “Reducing the Danger of Nuclear War” at MIT;
- Each one add one; try to recruit 1 new member to NDWG meetings, or at least to its listserv.
- Update Trifold brochure to include information on joining Working Group directly.
- Send out direct mail fundraising letter, describing MAPA efforts, including brochure, and making clear that participation welcome as well as $$ donations (volunteer sign up today).
- Reaching Outside Peace Movement:
- Local Forums picking up on one of campaign themes “Build Housing Not Bombs”, “Subways Not Submarines”, campus talks on “Invest in Minds not Missiles”. These can be at a public library, or at a Church or even a house party, in cooperation with Faith Communities Outreach Committee and Social and Economic Justice Committee. Of course our campus groups are also natural potential partners.
- Establish a Speaker Bureau with a Brochure describing our speakers,
- Increase web site presence – (NDWG webmaster to work with Cole.)
- Participate in Tax Day GDAMS activities/ planned for April 15th– march, rally, forum.
- When Taxpayers Revenue Information Act Hearing is scheduled, actively promote and participate.
- Develop an updated or revised Petition Campaign.
Collaborative activities with AFSC; Pax Christi; People’s Budget Campaign; National Priorities Project; Brandeis, Tufts, Boston College PA groups; a variety of other local committees sharing concerns over nuclear weapons.
Meetings every three/four weeks to oversee and continue campaign planning and activities.
How to Contact the Working Group?
Contact Jonathan King via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How is your group going to grow?
By organizing joint events with organizations in Eastern Ma who share NDWG concerns; eg North Shore People for Peace; Veterans for Peace; Public transit advocates (MBTA Coalition; MassPIRG; T-Riders Union; Cambridge Residents Alliance; Our Revolution.