Monday, June 19, 2017

New This Week (June 19, 2017)

Today was a good day for the planet and everyone on it.
Thanks to all who are working on the #nuclearban at the @UN!
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June 15 saw the resumption of talks on a global treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons at the United Nations, and they continue this week. You can follow the progress minute-to-minute at the #nuclearban hashtag. The negotiations appear to be on track for completion as scheduled by July 7.

The treaty is the work of 100+ countries that are determined to outlaw nuclear weapons. The effort is supported by activists throughout the world -- in the countries leading the push for treaty talks, in the other countries lending their strong support, and also in the countries that are opposing the ban effort.

It seems extremely likely that the world will, in fact, have a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons very soon -- with participation from the outset of a very large number of countries. That, in turn, will open up enormous opportunity for activists to help persuade every country to accede to the treaty and honor it.

SO GRATEFUL for 100+ countries making the #nuclearban happen at @UN!
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To me, the enormous significance of the #nuclearban is this: global rules are no longer going to be dictated by a small number of countries -- those with the most money, the most weapons, who "know better," who have appointed themselves the "leaders" and "policemen" of everyone else. With this treaty and other efforts like it -- on climate, for instance -- the majority of people in the world -- the people who for decades have been saying "we want a nuclear weapons free world" -- are going to be the ones leading the way.

Think about it: how will you participate in this new reality?

Rest of @UN is banning #nuclearweapons today
and THIS is the picture of US "leadership" we have to look at. Sad!
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 . . .  AND . . . in the US . . . there are now thirty-seven (37) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And eight (8) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Will support continue to grow in the rest of June and through the summer?

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