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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  • Flor de Maria Oliva
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:22 -0400
  • Pam Evans
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:22 -0400
  • Scott Burger
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:18 -0400
  • Arlene Halfon
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:13 -0400
  • Mary Ann Maikish
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:12 -0400
    Elizabeth Warren as your Vice President will be very helpful
  • Mizuko Yakuwa
    @harunonohanasa2 tweeted link to this page. 2020-07-23 09:41:05 -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=351740
  • Mary Crane
    signed 2020-07-23 09:41:00 -0400
  • Ron Robinson
    @RonRobinson6 tweeted link to this page. 2020-07-23 09:40:42 -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=347509
  • Phyllis Bardin
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:40 -0400
  • Mizuko Yakuwa
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:32 -0400
  • Scott Messick
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:28 -0400
  • K. Susan Sappington
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:25 -0400
  • Ron Robinson
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:22 -0400
  • Stephanie Wrightson
    signed 2020-07-23 09:40:04 -0400
    I hope all politicians everywhere will agree to this.
  • Alan Bromborsky
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:45 -0400
  • Jacqie Levin
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:31 -0400
  • Kenneth Sabroff
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:20 -0400
  • Kay Carey
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:13 -0400
  • Evelyn Fraser
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:09 -0400
  • Carol Cook
    signed 2020-07-23 09:39:09 -0400
  • leslie swieck
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:50 -0400
    Disarm
  • Stephen Soldz
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:40 -0400
  • G Thomas Couser
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:37 -0400
  • Molly Casteel
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:32 -0400
  • Dr. Janvie Cason
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:24 -0400
    Have not we done enough terror in the world…yet alone our own country. We are one people…what we do to others affects us. We have a responsibility to do our best…be our best…give or best! We the people are not the racist bully this administration is putting out there as us. God give and bless us all!
  • Alice Valentine
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:17 -0400
  • Andrew Feinstein
    @andrewfeinstein tweeted link to this page. 2020-07-23 09:38:14 -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=32716
  • Michael Tullius Tullius
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:10 -0400
  • Kristina Youngee
    signed 2020-07-23 09:38:10 -0400
  • Andrew Feinstein
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:58 -0400
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