Saturday, December 6, 2014

NEEDED: MESSENGERS - Americans Need to Hear the Awful Truth of Nuclear Devastation

Over the next several days, people from the around the world will gather in Vienna to lay it out in the open: the truth about the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.

That's important, because:

* The widely-known facts about the fire and blast of nuclear explosions are something just about everybody tries to avoid thinking about.

* In particular, no one ever wants to confront the very real risk that their own city will be obliterated in a nuclear attack.

* It's part of a larger human predicament: most of us are terrible at imagining bad things in advance of them actually occurring, and even worse about taking action to eliminate the risk.

Oh . . . and did I mention the call for a massive mobilization for nuclear disarmament in spring 2015, to coincide with the UN meeting on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)?

Account (with illustration) by
survivor of Hiroshima bombing

The U.S. is one of two nations in the world with massive nuclear arsenals, and the U.S. arsenal needs to be eliminated if we are to escape nuclear devastation. It is the people of the U.S. who will make this happen -- the people, a massive number of them, must push this, because the politicians answer to the people.

So: It's up to those of us with networks in the U.S. to get the word out to people in this country about the what nukes do to people -- and the need for people to become active in the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

#NoNukesTuesday is a week-in, week-out social media campaign to build the movement. #HINW14Vienna laid the foundation deep -- #NoNukesTuesday is the place to take the message wide.


Getting the word out every week
* Look at the #HINW14Vienna twitter stream to find
exciting materials from the Vienna conference.

* See more resources on the 
conference website.

* Tweet, RT, Follow and build the 
network on #NoNukesTuesday

(Here's my contribution: #GOODBYENUKES: 10 Images I'll Be Sharing From #HINW14Vienna )

Related posts

There are three centers of power that will impact nuclear disarmament: the President, the Congress, and the people. One of them will have to make nuclear disarmament happen.

(See Countdown to U.S. Nuclear Disarmament (With or Without the Politicians) )

How do you formulate a statement that can somehow convince the United States to eliminate its threatening nuclear weapons?  How do you formulate the 10th request? Or the 100th? Knowing all the time that the United States is in the position -- will always be in the position -- to say, "No" ?  At what point does it dawn on you that the United States will never give up its nuclear weapons, because it has the power and the rest of the world doesn't?

(See 360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States))

Elaine Scarry demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon - a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War - deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy.

(See Reviews of "Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom" by Elaine Scarry )