60 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Activists Rally at Congressional Offices to “Defuse Nuclear War”


From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., local constituents will hold protests outside the district offices of Congressional Representatives Auchincloss, Clark, Lynch, McGovern, Moulton, and Trahan. The activists will call on their Congressmembers to step up and urgently work to reduce the mounting dangers of nuclear war. The Massachusetts events are among rallies and standouts taking place today in some fifty cities around the U.S. as part of a growing Defuse Nuclear War campaign.

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis — the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war until this year. The dangers of nuclear war have risen sharply in recent months, and a coalition of nearly 100 organizations has come together to educate the public and call on elected officials to de-escalate tensions between the nuclear superpowers.

The activists are calling for specific actions by the U.S. government, including that it rejoin nuclear weapons treaties, take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert and support congressional action to avert nuclear war.

“The dangers of nuclear war were already precariously high even before the invasion of Ukraine”, said Massachusetts Peace Action’s Susan Mirsky. “We are calling on our Congressional delegation to urgently take action. They must publicly promote measures to de-escalate tensions and revive negotiations for nuclear-weapons treaties and nuclear disarmament. No less than the future of humanity is at stake.” Mirsky