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Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

May 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which would slaughter an estimated 7 billion of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, mostly through starvation.  Building back civilization would require over 1,000 years  [Daniel Ellsberg talk, 12/13/2020].   A U.S. nuclear strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe.

RegisterThese are the stakes.   As a step toward reducing the danger of Nuclear War, a coalition of groups has called upon Congress to legislate – and the President to declare – that the United States will neither initiate nor threaten to initiate the first use of Nuclear Weapons.

Confirmed Speakers (partial list):

  • Rep. Ted Lieu (California)
  • Special message from Sen. Ed Markey
  • William Perry (Sec. of Defense in Clinton adm.)
  • Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
  • Elaine Scarry (Harvard; MA Peace Action; CPDCS)
  • Zia Mian (Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University)
  • Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund)
  • Joseph Gerson (CPDCS)
  • John Burroughs (Lawyers Com for Nuclear Disarm)
  • Kennette Benedict (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)
  • Joe Cirincione (Quincy Institute)
  • Max Tegmark (MIT)
  • Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation)
  • Monica Montgomery, John Isaacs (Council for a Livable World)
  • David Swanson (World Beyond War)
  • Carley Towne (CODEPINK)
  • Anna Baker (GBPSR)
  • Kevin Martin (PA)
  • David Borris (CAPA)
  • Erica Fein (Win Without War)
  • Denise Duffield (PSR)
  • Jonathan King (MAPA/MIT)
  • William Hartung (Center for International Policy)

Breakout Topics:

  • Why No First Use Will Keep Us Safer
  • Communications & Messaging 
  • Social Media / Street Theater / Artivism
  • Congressional Strategy
  • Recruiting/Organization Building
  • Back From the Brink
  • Stopping the Money Pit Missile and Reducing Nuclear Weapons Budgets

Declaring and legislating a No First Use policy would be a major step to help avoid:

  • A US nuclear attack that escalates
  • Russia or China attacking the US due to a false alarm
  • Violating the US Constitution by a first strike act of war
  • US threats of a nuclear attack which amount to bullying and blackmailing other countries, and which carry unacceptable risk of starting a general nuclear war.

With the support of a growing number of members of Congress, and President Biden’s 2019 statement that he has supported “No First Use” for twenty years, we have a real chance to take an important step toward reducing the risks of nuclear war in the next year by getting a No First Use policy declared and legislated into law!

RegisterJoin us on May 15 at a conference to discuss and implement “Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons.”  Register to attend.  The conference is free but we appreciate donations to support this work.

Cosponsors:  Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS); Mass Peace Action; Council for a Livable World; CodePINK; Chicago Area Peace Action; NY Peace Action; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility; Maine Peace Action; MIT Radius [list in formation]

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May 15
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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