On January 22, 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force!!. Nuclear weapons have always been immoral, but now they are also illegal under international law! 52 nations have ratified the treaty; 85 others have signed and are working toward ratification. More are expected to join. The TPNW prohibits the possession, development, testing, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons for the 52 countries that have so far ratified it, opening a new chapter for nuclear disarmament. (Cambodia is the most recent country to sign.) Regrettably, the TPNW has been rigorously opposed by the United States and other nuclear armed states, as well as those allied states under “nuclear umbrellas.
While celebrating this important milestone, we commit ourselves to working toward the goal of our country joining the treaty, and redirecting the exorbitant funds now allocated toward modernizing nuclear weapons to other urgent needs. We need to push NYC to join the Cities Appeal of ICAN. Lastly, we need to push NYC pension funds to divest from companies producing nuclear weapons. Two important bills (Res. 0976-2019 and Res. 1621-2019) in the NYC City Council call for NYC pension funds to divest from any companies producing nuclear weapons, reaffirm NYC as a nuclear weapons free zone, and call for NYC to join the Cities Appeal of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. A super-majority of council members support these bills: but Speaker Corey Johnson has refused to bring them to a vote.
What can you do?
Contact your Congressional Representative and New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to demand that they take action toward the U.S signing the treaty (TPNW).
Call City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (212-788-7210) and demand that he bring Res. 0976-2019 and Res. 1621-2019 to a vote. Also call your own Council Member and ask them to push for getting these bills passed without further delay!
Educate yourself with the resources of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. (ICAN)
Check out this Webinar: What does the Nuclear Ban Treaty mean for the USA? Dr. Timmon Wallis, Director, NuclearBan.U.S. (the U.S. affiliate of ICAN,) discusses the legal, financial and political implications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.