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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  • rosemary galli
    @gallirose1 tweeted link to this page. 2020-08-22 04:25:08 -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=611428
  • Susan Willis
    signed 2020-08-22 03:30:43 -0400
  • Margaret Garlan
    signed 2020-08-22 01:40:26 -0400
  • James Wilcox
    signed 2020-08-22 01:26:29 -0400
  • Prisca Gloor
    signed 2020-08-22 01:11:34 -0400
  • Lisa Lesniak
    signed 2020-08-22 00:47:14 -0400
  • Jean Lindgren
    signed 2020-08-22 00:12:46 -0400
  • Robert Weingart
    signed 2020-08-22 00:10:58 -0400
  • Joan Sitnick
    signed 2020-08-21 23:37:48 -0400
  • Maureen Shannon-Chapple
    signed 2020-08-21 23:35:34 -0400
  • つくる・フォルス
    @tsukuru_agender tweeted link to this page. 2020-08-21 22:30:52 -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=847597
  • Misako Lauritzen
    signed 2020-08-21 22:30:20 -0400
    The US has the opportunity to lead the world into a nuclear-free future. Please take a stand for peace and genuine security!!!
  • Hilda J Richey Richey
    signed 2020-08-21 21:54:34 -0400
    No more foreign policy of intervention — too many crimes have been committed. It’s a violation of international law. Leave China alone.
  • Doug Carroll
    signed 2020-08-21 21:51:07 -0400
    Ban these weapons of mass destruction before they are used again. Insist on war crime charges for the intial uses of nuclear weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Grant Wiegert
    signed 2020-08-21 21:40:07 -0400
  • Donald Johnson
    signed 2020-08-21 21:30:51 -0400
  • Judith Anderson
    signed 2020-08-21 21:12:48 -0400
  • Paula Shafransky
    signed 2020-08-21 20:51:31 -0400
  • Michael Lawler
    signed 2020-08-21 20:35:32 -0400
    No future in nuclear weapons, Joe . . .
  • Laurent Gilbert, Sr.
    signed 2020-08-21 20:29:41 -0400
  • Laurent Gilbert, Sr.
    signed 2020-08-21 20:29:41 -0400
  • Jerome Roth Roth
    signed 2020-08-21 20:26:05 -0400
  • Steve Schatz
    signed 2020-08-21 20:04:39 -0400
  • Mark Harding
    signed 2020-08-21 19:42:15 -0400
  • Iris Edinger
    signed 2020-08-21 19:27:29 -0400
  • Rena Lewis
    signed 2020-08-21 19:25:59 -0400
  • allan Crawshaw
    signed 2020-08-21 19:12:20 -0400
  • Saran K.
    signed 2020-08-21 19:11:21 -0400
    No more nuclear anywhere.
  • Anna Maranta
    @AnnaMaranta tweeted link to this page. 2020-08-21 19:08:44 -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=770998
  • Sherrill Futrell
    signed 2020-08-21 18:43:35 -0400
    JOE, WE DON’T HAVE TO VOTE FOR YOU, YOU KNOW.
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