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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  • Hatem Khater
    signed 2020-09-11 12:51:09 -0400
  • Margaret Christensen
    signed 2020-09-11 12:41:38 -0400
  • Barry Drummond
    signed 2020-09-11 12:40:47 -0400
  • Sheila Malone Malone
    signed 2020-09-11 12:34:55 -0400
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  • Stanley Taylor
    signed 2020-09-11 12:34:46 -0400
  • Dennis Oliver
    signed 2020-09-11 12:30:03 -0400
  • Brenda Lopez
    signed 2020-09-11 12:29:12 -0400
  • Brian D Terrell
    signed 2020-09-11 12:26:17 -0400
  • Carlos Valdes
    signed 2020-09-11 12:23:39 -0400
  • margo wyse wyse
    signed 2020-09-11 12:23:26 -0400
  • Fr.Jim Hoffman
    signed 2020-09-11 12:23:14 -0400
  • Carissa Brands
    signed 2020-09-11 12:21:41 -0400
  • Lisa Keim
    signed 2020-09-11 12:19:28 -0400
  • Morton Brussel
    signed 2020-09-11 12:17:53 -0400
  • Charles Tribbey
    signed 2020-09-11 12:17:35 -0400
  • Susan Selbin
    signed 2020-09-11 12:14:42 -0400
    I’m a retired Foreign Service Human Resources Officer,. I’ve worked in Baghdad and Erbil to support local staff and was sent into Beirut after the barracks bombing.


    I consider both situations resulted from U.S. policies of interference in other countries that end

    up causing death and destruction. We need to stop deciding we know what’s best for the rest of

    the world.
  • RaymondT Gordon
    signed 2020-09-11 12:04:18 -0400
  • Judith Radovsky
    signed 2020-09-11 12:02:22 -0400
  • Laura Zweig
    signed 2020-09-11 11:59:07 -0400
  • Sharon Longyear
    signed 2020-09-11 11:58:11 -0400
  • Rosemary Galli
    signed 2020-09-11 11:58:06 -0400
  • Russ Ziegler
    signed 2020-09-11 11:57:53 -0400
  • Alexis LaMere
    signed 2020-09-11 11:57:04 -0400
  • M. Adaline Jyurovat
    signed 2020-09-11 11:53:00 -0400
    The D insiders are committed to war, as it fattens their stock portfolios and pleases their wealthy donors for the same reason. John Kerry made millions during GWB’s wars as Ds (led by Pelosi) gave Bush more than he asked for in the Pentagon budget. Just like with Trump. You are lobbyists for the Wall Street Mafia.
  • Marian Carter Carter
    signed 2020-09-11 11:51:21 -0400
  • Linette Landa
    signed 2020-09-11 11:50:28 -0400
  • fran merker
    signed 2020-09-11 11:49:04 -0400
    the danger is growing. we must stop expanding our war machine and renew all our initiatives for peace
  • Paul Kimmel
    signed 2020-09-11 11:46:36 -0400
    The main reason I have never supported you is your addiction to the US culture of war including Weapons development and invasions. We must get beyond this aggression or we are all finished.
  • Carol McCracken
    signed 2020-09-11 11:46:14 -0400
  • Mary Mauerer
    signed 2020-09-11 11:45:09 -0400
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