Nuclear Weapons and Massachusetts: The Case for Creating a Citizens Commission


For Immediate Release

Contacts:  Louise Coleman (617) 817-6706 , Timmon Wallis (631) 507-8686

On Wednesday, April 13, at 11: 30 am in the 4th floor Café in the Massachusetts State  House, State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa will introduce a new dossier called  Nuclear Weapons and Massachusetts: The Case for Creating a Citizens  Commission.  

NuclearBan.US, a national organization founded in Massachusetts, compiled this  document. It calls on the Massachusetts state legislature to vote on bills  H.3688/S.1555, currently in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland  Security.

These bills would establish a Citizens’ Commission to investigate what options are  available to reduce and eliminate the threat posed by nuclear weapons, and to make  recommendations for Massachusetts resolutions and possible legislation.

There is currently heightened concern about nuclear threats being made in relation  to the war in Ukraine, although the danger of nuclear war or accidental detonation is  ever present. Massachusetts is a potential target, because it is home to important  nuclear weapons facilities and corporations as well as culturally significant  landmarks.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force as international  law in January 2021. This “Nuclear Ban Treaty” is intended to reduce the nuclear  danger to zero, but enforcing it may also affect jobs with Raytheon, General  Dynamics, Draper Labs and ten other nuclear weapon-producing companies that  have facilities in Massachusetts. The Commission would explore how those jobs  might be converted to green technologies or other important industries.

The presentation of the dossier is open to the public and will be followed by citizen  visits to the offices of state legislators. For read the dossier, to attend the  presentation, or to participate in lobbying, see nuclear-weapons-dossier/.