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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  • Nelson S.
    signed 2020-08-25 23:24:09 -0400
  • Kali St Germain
    signed 2020-08-25 17:35:27 -0400
  • Beth Brunton
    signed 2020-08-25 14:45:35 -0400
  • Kevin Ward
    signed 2020-08-24 16:48:04 -0400
    Regardless the profit, wars are indefensible savagery. Spend money on free masks instead.

    That’s real defense.
  • Silvio Curtis Curtis
    signed 2020-08-24 14:22:13 -0400
    With nuclear weapons, one mistake is enough to end civilization. No nation is immune to mistakes. Please ensure we won’t make one by committing to nuclear disarmament soon and no first use immediately.
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2020-08-24 07:41:22 -0400
  • Donly Chorn
    signed 2020-08-24 01:24:56 -0400
  • Evan Beattie
    @euripides8 tweeted link to this page. 2020-08-24 00:06:34 -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=970157
  • peter alexeas
    signed 2020-08-23 19:42:48 -0400
  • Mel Ginsberg
    signed 2020-08-23 09:19:23 -0400
    Please take this important step toward a better, safer world.
  • William Grosh Grosh
    signed 2020-08-22 23:42:36 -0400
  • Hitoko Tashi Ohnsman
    signed 2020-08-22 23:14:49 -0400
  • Noah Bray-Ali
    signed 2020-08-22 22:18:35 -0400
  • Lynne Glaeske
    signed 2020-08-22 21:41:11 -0400
  • John Graczyk
    signed 2020-08-22 21:14:30 -0400
    The US was founded on violence, greed, hate, self righteousness and bigotry. It continues. We the people must educate ourselves, reject the nonsense of the elites who only serve themselves, who own the politicians, the means of production and control the message. Lesser of two evils only perpetuates the evil.
  • Maurice Vaughan
    signed 2020-08-22 21:06:19 -0400
  • Michael And Barbara Barbara Hill Hill
    signed 2020-08-22 20:25:14 -0400
    We must end nuclear weapons for obvious reasons. The main reason is that a nuclear war would end life as we know it to end. END
  • M Laura Gulovsen
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  • Christopher Fite
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  • Bernadette Powell
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  • Mary Ann Cramer
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  • Elizabeth lee
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  • Donald Mackler
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  • David Christman
    signed 2020-08-22 07:43:16 -0400
  • Bill Weston
    signed 2020-08-22 06:24:29 -0400
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