|Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton with members of Women's International |
League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
In session after session of Congress, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) introduces a bill calling for nuclear disarmament. Here's the summary of the version from the 2013-14 Congress (the 113th), known as "H.R.1650 - Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2013":
Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act of 2013 - Requires the government: (1) to provide leadership to negotiate and enter into a multilateral treaty or other international agreement that provides for the dismantlement and elimination, under strict international control, of all nuclear weapons in every country by 2020; (2) once the President certifies that all countries have eliminated such weapons or begun such elimination under established legal requirements, to redirect resources that are being used for nuclear weapons programs to addressing human and infrastructure needs and to converting nuclear weapons industry employees, processes, plants, and programs to constructive, ecologically beneficial peacetime activities; (3) to undertake efforts to eliminate war, armed conflict, and all military operations; and (4) to promote policies to induce all other countries to join in such commitments.
Rep. Norton can be expected to reintroduce the bill in the new Congress this spring. Will the 114th be the charm?
Considering that the eyes of the world will be on the U.S. this spring as nations meet at the UN in New York to consider the fate of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) in the face of continued refusal of the U.S. to honor its treaty obligations to disarm, it certainly seems that this is the year for this bill to get passed and acted upon.
What I'm wondering is: will Rep. Norton have the support of her colleagues in the Progressive Caucus?
Or is Congress willing to accept the autocracy of a thermonuclear monarch?
Write to your member of Congress
today and urge him/her to work
The choices are: (a) take back the power currently held by our thermonuclear monarch; or (b) shut up and pray. Those are the only two choices, and everybody gets to choose where they stand. The people in Congress who won't step up to either of them are a nothing but a bunch of putzes.
(See Congress is a Bunch of Putzes )
"Please work with your colleagues (in Congress) and your constituents (here in the 5th district) to regain the People's control over war and injury, and bring to a conclusion the current crisis of our government."
(See An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley: Can We Reduce (or Eliminate) the Nuclear Threat? )
(See Reviews of "Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom" by Elaine Scarry )
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) )
First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?
(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)