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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  • Heather Formaini
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:58 -0400
  • mona hommell
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:54 -0400
    mona hommell
  • Susan Nagel
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:41 -0400
  • Pierluigi Bonello
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:34 -0400
  • Wilhelm Strateff
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:21 -0400
  • Steve Rosin
    signed 2020-07-23 09:37:13 -0400
  • Susanna Askins
    signed 2020-07-23 09:36:47 -0400
  • Lydia Saderman
    signed 2020-07-23 09:36:39 -0400
    Give our children a future without war and bombs.
  • Calli madrone
    signed 2020-07-23 09:36:31 -0400
  • Norine Duncan
    signed 2020-07-23 09:36:03 -0400
  • Igor Tandetnik
    signed 2020-07-23 09:36:00 -0400
  • jo kilburn
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:59 -0400
  • Kevin Kestyn
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:58 -0400
    I disagree about China. They are our true enemy and we must never submit to China. The Asians are capable of the most extreme cruelties ever seen in the world and seem to lack the same moral compass shared by the modern world. As a 61 year old I grew up with lots of WW2 veterans who ALL hated the Japanese Asians, based solely on the experience of fighting them. You cannot submit to everyone. China thinks we are like a puff pastry, because we kinda are. The world will be filled with North Korean style prison camps if China rules the world. (See the new very scary animated movie “True North”). We must fight them now. I am a liberal democrat pacifist and I am saying this! I recognize THIS danger. You recognize none. You seem to have no idea what the world could become. It’s the only thing Trump is doing right!


    START with HONG KONG

    We should repossess Hong Kong. China has misrepresented and violated the treaty. If I were president I would roll in the ships and repossess Hong Kong from these inhumane cold hearted chinese. What are they gonna do? Then we free the Uyghers. These Chinese clowns are not ready for us and are easy to fight today – but tomorrow once they are in all of Africa, forget it.
  • Michelle Ku
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:58 -0400
  • Skip Cross
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:49 -0400
  • John Andrews
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:40 -0400
  • Marijo Mallon
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:32 -0400
    Choose peace, for our world and for our children ~ PLEASE!
  • Carlos Avila
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:31 -0400
  • Elizabeth Ketcham
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:16 -0400
  • Racheli Gai
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:11 -0400
  • Kate Kenner
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:08 -0400
  • Lisa Huff
    signed 2020-07-23 09:35:02 -0400
  • Kenneth Mayers
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:59 -0400
  • Lesley Bryan
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:53 -0400
  • Ellen Middleditch
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:53 -0400
  • Nancy Hamer
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:51 -0400
  • Pamela Stoner
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:45 -0400
  • Kat Morey
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:36 -0400
  • Saab Lofton
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:27 -0400
  • Michelle Jenab
    signed 2020-07-23 09:34:20 -0400
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