Prevent Nuclear War! Abolish nuclear weapons!
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Urge the Washington State Legislature to pass joint memorials SJM 8006 and HJM 4008 that call on the United States Congress and President to lead a global effort to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war by:
- Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
- Ending the President's sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack
- Taking United States nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
- Canceling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with next generation nuclear weapons
- Actively pursuing a verifiable, multilateral agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
Nuclear weapons still pose a major threat to human health and a nuclear war would be catastrophic:
- Nearly 14,500 nuclear weapons still exist in the world and pose an intolerable risk to human survival
- The United States has roughly 6,540 nuclear weapons, constituting the world's most lethal nuclear weapons capability. The United States is currently planning to spend $1.2 trillion dollars rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal, which takes funding away from conventional military needs and social programs like education, health care, and infrastructure
- The use and detonation of even a small number of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic human, environmental, and economic consequences globally
- These weapons pose a threat simply by existing, due to the possibility of accidents and miscalculations, many of which have been documented in the past
- In July 2017, one hundred twenty-two nations called for the elimination of all nuclear weapons by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapon
- The United States Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war. Despite this, the President currently has de facto sole authority to launch a nuclear attack on his or her own, without any required consultation or any system of checks and balances
- A single nuclear detonation in any major city in Washington could cause hundreds of thousands of immediate fatalities, hundreds of thousands of injuries and illnesses from radiation, and devastating destruction of agricultural land and natural resources for decades
Nuclear weapons have had a huge impact on communities in WA State:
- Washington state has the largest collection of deployed nuclear weapons in the Western Hemisphere at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor on Hood Canal, just twenty miles from Seattle.
- This nuclear weapons installation, added to Washington state's large city centers and many other military installations, makes our state a primary target in the event of a nuclear exchange
- Washington state is home to many other nuclear weapons sites and nuclear reactor facilities, including: The Hanford Nuclear Site, the most contaminated nuclear site in the Western Hemisphere, The Midnite Mine, a former nuclear weapons uranium mine located on the Spokane Tribe of Indians Reservation, and one of the largest communities of Marshall Islanders in the United States, whose home was the site of sixty-seven atmospheric nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War
- These nuclear weapons sites and activities have disproportionately affected communities of color and indigenous people, none of whom have been adequately compensated for the environmental and health consequences of nuclear weapons activities pursued by the United States government during the fifty years of the Cold War
- These nuclear weapons and nuclear-related activities in Washington state make this a uniquely local responsibility for Washington state to lead a national conversation about reducing and eliminating the threat of nuclear war, and changing our federal strategy, which is also known as mutually assured destruction (MAD)
- Washington's citizens, and all Americans have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to live a life free from the threat of nuclear weapons
Sign now to help the Washington Legislature understand how urgently its people and constituents want us to come back from the brink of nuclear war.
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