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Resolution of the Cambridge City Council

RESOLUTION OF CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL   July 28, 2014 

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WHEREAS: The citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were subjected to the horrors of nuclear bombs detonated in their cities on August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945, respectively, which killed up to 250,000 and left many thousands more severely wounded; and

 

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge  has been a member of Mayors for Peace since 2002, four years after the formation of Mayors for Peace in 1998, and

 

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge hosted the metropolitan wide Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day  observance in 2013 which is being held in the City of Boston this year on August 6, and

 

WHEREAS: The U.S. Conference of Mayors has repeatedly, and unanimously, called on the President to seek negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons, in part because cities are the targets of nuclear bombs, and on Congress to reject any program to build new nuclear weapons; and

 

WHEREAS: The U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously supported the program of the Mayors for Peace, calling on the President to immediately remove all nuclear weapons from high-alert status and to announce a no-first-use policy regarding nuclear weapons; and

 

WHEREAS: The United States, along with the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China, is bound by the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to negotiate the elimination of nuclear weapons, as well as to oppose the spread of such weapons; and

 

WHEREAS: The U.S. government is instead planning to “modernize” its nuclear weapons arsenal by spending up to $1 trillion ($1,000 billion), money that could be used instead to fund badly-needed programs for jobs, schools, and housing in Boston and other cities; and

 

WHEREAS: The U.S. Conference of Mayors has repeatedly, and unanimously, called on the President to seek negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons, in part because cities are the targets of nuclear bombs, and on Congress to reject any program to build new nuclear weapons; and

 

RESOLVED: That the City of Cambridge proclaims August 6, 2013 to be Hiroshima Day and August 9, 2013 to be Nagasaki Day to honor the thousands of innocent victims of the nuclear detonations on those days; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the City of Cambridge encourages those of its residents who are able to join in the Metropolitan Area Boston observance of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to convene at 3 pm in the city of Boston and proceed to a gathering at the Boston city hall plaza at 4:00 pm on Auguat 6, 2014, and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the City of Cambridge calls on the President to live up to our obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty by seeking to eliminate all nuclear weapons and meanwhile honor the existence of the seven existing Nuclear-Weapons Free Zones around the world and seek their extension wherever possible; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the City of Cambridge calls on the President and the Congress to cancel costly new nuclear and other weapons systems which do not make us safer, and to allocate the savings for programs the people of Boston and other cities urgently need — as was supported by Cambridge voters 4-1 in a referendum in 2012; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward a suitably engrossed copy of this resolution to Boston state legislative delegation as well as the Massachusetts Congressional Representatives and Senators and President Obama.

 

For the Word Document: RESOLUTION OF CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL_2014