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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  • Mark Grenard
    signed 2020-08-21 18:41:51 -0400
  • Karen Berger
    signed 2020-08-21 18:23:39 -0400
  • Holly Anderson
    signed 2020-08-21 18:19:26 -0400
  • Alexander Fierro-Clarke
    signed 2020-08-21 18:17:25 -0400
  • Judy Moreland
    signed 2020-08-21 18:17:11 -0400
  • Mark Smith
    signed 2020-08-21 18:08:56 -0400
  • James W.Gould
    signed 2020-08-21 17:57:50 -0400
    No more wars.
  • Raul Anorve
    signed 2020-08-21 17:51:48 -0400
  • Peggy Gish
    signed 2020-08-21 17:33:16 -0400
  • Greg Burnet
    signed 2020-08-21 17:27:25 -0400
  • Marie Kennedy
    signed 2020-08-21 17:25:20 -0400
  • Graciela Huth
    signed 2020-08-21 17:17:50 -0400
    Abjectly ignorant #45 must be stopped from starting the war he has tried to get us in from the first minute he was in the WH. Chaos and war are the only things he can do. We already live in chaos thanks to him but we have avoided his intentions of starting a war with whoever is available for three long years and a half. Please, stop him!
  • Akira Asada
    signed 2020-08-21 17:04:19 -0400
  • alice speakman
    signed 2020-08-21 17:00:46 -0400
  • Jenefer Ellingston
    signed 2020-08-21 16:57:41 -0400
  • margaret wertheim
    signed 2020-08-21 16:57:37 -0400
    Nuclear weapons are a signature evil of our time. It is of the utmost importance that the US commits to downsizing and eventually eliminating its nuclear arsenal. I urge Joe Biden and the Deomocratic party to make nuclear disarmament a policy priority.
  • Mary Joyce Moeller
    signed 2020-08-21 16:45:56 -0400
    The U.S. must continue to abide by all the nuclear weapons agreements we have been part of and to seek even stronger treaties to deter their use, no new funds must be put into building up any new nuclear weapons systems, and get a treaty agreement with other nuclear weapons countries to abide by a no first strike agreement. We also need Congress to pass legislation that the president not have sole power to determine when to order a nuclear strike. It is immoral to not only use these powerful weapons in the world today, it is even immoral to have them which sets up the possibility that they may be used.
  • Bob Spies
    signed 2020-08-21 16:37:51 -0400
  • Steven Sanderson
    signed 2020-08-21 16:33:40 -0400
  • Bridget Gordon
    signed 2020-08-21 16:08:37 -0400
  • Lauren Linda Linda
    signed 2020-08-21 16:08:25 -0400
  • Douglas Newman
    signed 2020-08-21 15:50:24 -0400
  • Brad Jolly
    signed 2020-08-21 15:46:26 -0400
  • Kermit Cuff
    signed 2020-08-21 15:39:15 -0400
  • Tom Krebsbach
    signed 2020-08-21 15:33:10 -0400
    It is time that the US takes leadership in this world in ridding it of its greatest existential threat (even greater than global warming): the threat of nuclear annihilation. The US needs to start an ongoing series of negotiations with the participation of all nuclear armed nations to totally eliminate nuclear weapons from this earth.
  • wendy boester
    @earthmother634 tweeted link to this page. 2020-08-21 15:23:10 -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=704652
  • Wendy Boester
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  • Richard Boyce
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  • Melody Heart
    signed 2020-08-21 15:03:13 -0400
  • Lynn Shoemaker
    signed 2020-08-21 14:49:12 -0400
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