Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons - Webinar May 15

Event Dates: 

Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons

May 15 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which would slaughter an estimated 7 billion of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, mostly through starvation.  Building back civilization would require over 1,000 years  [Daniel Ellsberg talk, 12/13/2020].   A U.S. nuclear strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe.

These are the stakes.   As a step toward reducing the danger of Nuclear War, a coalition of groups has called upon Congress to legislate – and the President to declare – that the United States will neither initiate nor threaten to initiate the first use of Nuclear Weapons.

Confirmed Speakers (partial list):

Rep. Ted Lieu (California)

Special message from Sen. Ed Markey

William Perry (Sec. of Defense in Clinton adm.)

Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)

Elaine Scarry (Harvard; MA Peace Action; CPDCS)

Zia Mian (Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University)

Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund)

Joseph Gerson (CPDCS)

John Burroughs (Lawyers Com for Nuclear Disarm)

Kennette Benedict (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)

Joe Cirincione (Quincy Institute)

Max Tegmark (MIT)

Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation)

Monica Montgomery, John Isaacs (Council for a Livable World)

David Swanson (World Beyond War)

Carley Towne (CODEPINK)

Anna Baker (GBPSR)

Kevin Martin (Peace Action)

David Borris (CAPA)

Erica Fein (Win Without War)

Denise Duffield (PSR)

Jonathan King (MAPA/MIT)

William Hartung (Center for International Policy)

Breakout Topics:

Why No First Use Will Keep Us Safer

Communications & Messaging 

Social Media / Street Theater / Artivism

Congressional Strategy

Recruiting/Organization Building

Back From the Brink

Stopping the Money Pit Missile and Reducing Nuclear Weapons Budgets

Declaring and legislating a No First Use policy would be a major step to help avoid:

A US nuclear attack that escalates

Russia or China attacking the US due to a false alarm

Violating the US Constitution by a first strike act of war

US threats of a nuclear attack which amount to bullying and blackmailing other countries, and which carry unacceptable risk of starting a general nuclear war.

With the support of a growing number of members of Congress, and President Biden’s 2019 statement that he has supported “No First Use” for twenty years, we have a real chance to take an important step toward reducing the risks of nuclear war in the next year by getting a No First Use policy declared and legislated into law!

Join us on May 15 at a conference to discuss and implement “Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons.”  Register to attend.  The conference is free but we appreciate donations to support this work.

Cosponsors:  Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS); Mass Peace Action; Council for a Livable World; CodePINK; Chicago Area Peace Action; NY Peace Action; Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility; Maine Peace Action; MIT Radius [list in formation]



For years, many weapons experts and activists have been warning that ICBMs are the single most dangerous part of the nuclear threat that hangs over all of us. Now, some members of Congress are stepping up to do something about it -- and you can do something to help in the next couple of minutes.

Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Ro Khanna have introduced a bill that would curtail the current plans to sink vast amounts of money into a new version of ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles), and instead would devote resources to developing a universal coronavirus vaccine that would save countless lives.

Now, the bill needs co-sponsors -- and you can quickly send emails to your senators and representative to urge them to sign onto this vital bill.
The new ICBM program is part of an unhinged plan to "modernize" the U.S. nuclear arsenal at a projected cost of $1.7 trillion. This plan would not only squander money that's desperately needed to meet human needs -- it would also make everyone less safe, because ICBMs are on "hair-trigger" alert due to their vulnerability on the ground.

Long story short, ICBMs increase the risks of nuclear annihilation.

RootsAction strongly supports the Markey-Khanna "ICBM Act" as a step toward sanity. We urge you to take action as a constituent to use our action page and quickly send emails to your members of Congress on this crucial matter.

The lives we save could include our own and those of our loved ones.

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For more information, please see the Background links below.

>>  News Release: Sen. Markey, Rep. Khanna Introduce the “ICBM Actâ€
>>  Text of "ICBM Act"
>>  Report from the Center for International Policy: " Inside the ICBM Lobby: Special Interests or the National Interest?"


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