Zoom Conference on Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons – Saturday, May 15, 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm ~ via Zoom

A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which could 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  first-strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe.

These 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:

  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), Original sponsor of H.R. 669 Restrict the first-use strike of nuclear weapons
  • Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
  • Elaine Scarry (Professor, Harvard University; Mass. Peace Action; CPDCS)
  • Zia Mian (Princeton)
  • William Perry (Sec. of Defense in Clinton adminisration.)
  • Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund; author)
  • Joseph Gerson (CPDCS)
  • John Burroughs (Lawyers Com for Nuclear Disarm) [accepted, but volunteered to cede to other speakers]
  • Kennette Benedict (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)
  • Joe Cirincione (Quincy Institute)  (D-MA)
  • Special message from Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

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!

Join us on May 15 at a conference to discuss and implement “Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons.”  Register to attend.

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

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