Saturday, August 12, 2017
Ever since nuclear weapons were first invented and the United States used them against Japan, ordinary citizens have been subjected to an unrelenting campaign of obfuscation and confusion about their true nature and what's at stake. If any of us stopped long enough to think about nuclear weapons, we realized that everything possible must be done to get rid of them, and to make sure no one is every able to cause them to be used. But our ability to think has been challenged by a smokescreen of state propaganda: the state needs them, the state has everything under control, the state will take care of it. (Just feel lucky you're a citizen of such a big, strong state.)
Now along comes Donald Trump, who has sole authority to order a nuclear first strike and is tossing out threats left and right against North Korea.
People are waking up. Nuclear war is not an abstraction. It is a real possibility, and it is in the hands (right now) of a single person.
There are now forty-four (44) co-sponsors on Rep. Ted Lieu's House bill to rein in presidential first use of nuclear weapons. (And nine (9) co-sponsors on the corresponding bill in the Senate sponsored by Ed Markey.) Now is the time to demand a tidal wave of support for this bill, and get the unilateral authority over these weapons out of the hands of a single person.
Please use this script to call and get YOUR representative on that list!
Monday, August 7, 2017
|August 6: Commemoration of US Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima|
Three developments/resources of importance to the global nuclear ban movement:
(1) Japan Calls For Denuclearized World On 72nd Anniversary Of Hiroshima
(2) PNND Japan President Taro Kono appointed as the new Foreign Minister of Japan
(3) NYRB August 17: "Nuclear Diplomacy: From Iran to North Korea?" by Jessica T. Matthews
To be continued . . . .