Candidate Biden: Pull the Nation Back from the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe!

We need a no first use policy. Join CODEPINK, WAND, WILPF, Massachusetts Peace Action and hundreds of others in sending this letter to Joe Biden.


Dear Presidential Candidate Joe Biden:

While we greatly admire many dimensions of your campaign and emerging platform, we are deeply distressed at the absence of an advocate for nuclear disarmament and the reining in of the enormous budgets proposed for nuclear weapons upgrades. President Trump’s pulling out of the Iran treaty and the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty has increased the danger of accidental or intentional nuclear exchanges. The investment in upgrading nuclear weapons is provocative and destabilizing, and a terrible misuse of national resources during this Covid -19 crisis.

We ask you to return to the vison of peace and serious nuclear disarmament that former President Kennedy articulated in his courageous 1963 speech at American University and that former President Obama put forward in his 2009 Prague speech, and reject the escalation represented by, for example, the contracts just awarded for the Long-Range Standoff Missile. A natural step would be to add strong nuclear disarmament planks to your platform:

  1. No First Use of Nuclear Weapons;
  2. Promote the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty – no new nuclear weapons testing;
  3. Cancel the provocative, destabilizing and enormously expensive $2.0 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program;
  4. Lead with diplomacy in resolving international conflicts.
  5. Designate national and international nuclear disarmament a central goal.

One of the reasons that the richest country on earth faces the Covid-19 epidemic without adequate tests, masks, protective equipment and treatments is the diversion of the nation’s tax dollars into ever more expensive and dangerous nuclear weapons, such as those proposed in the nuclear weapons modernization. Cutting the funding of these unnecessary programs will free up funds desperately needed for healthcare, education, infrastructure and climate programs.

The American people need passage of No First Strike Legislation, the reduction of work on nuclear weapons upgrades, and an aggressive pursuit of New Start and other treaty initiatives. Our common security depends on ridding the world of nuclear weapons, an international effort which requires US leadership.

We urge that you include in your campaign one or more proponents of nuclear disarmament -- such as former Secretary of Defense William Perry or former missile launch officer and co-founder of Global Zero, Bruce Blair or General Lee Butler, the former head of Strategic Nuclear Command -- who can keep the dire nuclear peril in front of your eyes and who can help you to incorporate a compelling commitment to nuclear disarmament into your platform.

Respectfully,

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Sally McMillan
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Joe Sokolinsky
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Marc Gregory
teresa bray
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Tony Hintze
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carol benson
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  • Sally McMillan
    signed 2020-09-11 14:39:20 -0400
    Sign the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty. This will save not only the soul of america; it will save the world.
  • John Seal
    signed 2020-09-11 14:32:57 -0400
  • Megan Shook
    signed 2020-09-11 14:20:02 -0400
  • Peter Koch
    signed 2020-09-11 14:16:46 -0400
  • Al Vazquez
    signed 2020-09-11 14:12:36 -0400
  • Jeri Tatum
    @Cacaogurl333 tweeted link to this page. 2020-09-11 14:11:24 -0400
    Join me and hundreds of others in signing this letter to Presidential candidate Biden- We need a #NoFirstUse policy to disarm from nuclear weapons! https://www.codepink.org/nofirstuse?recruiter_id=820631
  • Anna Maranta
    signed 2020-09-11 14:10:43 -0400
  • Denise Domergue
    signed 2020-09-11 14:10:27 -0400
  • Jeri tatum
    signed 2020-09-11 14:09:49 -0400
  • Mickey Garza
    signed 2020-09-11 13:57:31 -0400
  • Dr. Robert Bowman
    signed 2020-09-11 13:56:05 -0400
    We also need to bring our troops home,

    stop foreign wars and supporting Saudi Arabia,

    Israeli and other countries perpetrating wars and human rights violations. Also stop interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.
  • Lynda Francis
    signed 2020-09-11 13:56:03 -0400
  • Joe Sokolinsky
    signed 2020-09-11 13:49:44 -0400
  • Marylyn Irrgang
    signed 2020-09-11 13:49:35 -0400
    Disarm Nuclear Weapons and put all your energy into making PEACE with all nations. Teach them disarming comes first so they trust you to work TOGETHER for PEACE. It takes a combined effort to attain peace but it has to start somewhere. What pride to be first in an all around effort to “get the ball rolling” and continue it to the final goal!!
  • Marc Gregory
    signed 2020-09-11 13:48:51 -0400
  • teresa bray
    signed 2020-09-11 13:38:56 -0400
  • Sharon Fortunak
    signed 2020-09-11 13:38:44 -0400
    Yes, dammit, slash the bloated budget for the incompetent (18 years in Iraq?), rapist, racist US military. The Constitution does not say that the US should be warmongering all over the world. Where are the adults?
  • Tony Hintze
    signed 2020-09-11 13:37:35 -0400
  • Phil De Rosa
    signed 2020-09-11 13:36:09 -0400
  • carol benson
    signed 2020-09-11 13:36:06 -0400
  • Nicolas J S Davies
    signed 2020-09-11 13:32:51 -0400
  • Diane Patnode
    signed 2020-09-11 13:27:39 -0400
  • Karen Mulcahy
    signed 2020-09-11 13:27:28 -0400
  • Lynne LaFountaine
    signed 2020-09-11 13:27:21 -0400
  • Sr. Marjorie Wisor
    signed 2020-09-11 13:16:01 -0400
    This is a message of the utmost importance for not only our country but for the entire world.
  • Bill Bowman
    signed 2020-09-11 13:11:05 -0400
  • Linda Bassett
    signed 2020-09-11 13:05:06 -0400
    Linda Bassett
  • Deborah Bancroft
    signed 2020-09-11 12:59:20 -0400
  • Shawn Johnson
    signed 2020-09-11 12:59:01 -0400
  • John Hanrahan
    signed 2020-09-11 12:54:57 -0400
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