“As a candidate for public office, I consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be an essential step towards a more peaceful, prosperous, fair and just society. I therefore call on the US to sign, ratify and implement the 2017 International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Until that happens, I will support legislation that would bring local and state governments into compliance with the Treaty, as far as it is legally and practically possible to do so.”

To sign this Pledge, send an email to candidates@nuclearban.us. We will ask you to verify your status as a candidate for public office, for instance by adding a link on your own campaign website. You will then be listed as having signed the pledge, and shown on a map for convenience of voters looking to see who in their district has signed it.

Background
Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever invented. A single detonation – on purpose or by accident – would be a humanitarian catastrophe of unparalleled proportions. A “limited” exchange of nuclear weapons, for instance between India and Pakistan or between the US and North Korea, could put enough soot into the atmosphere to cause climate disruption and global famine. A full-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would be the end of human civilization as we know it, if not the end of all life on earth.[1]

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted by 122 nations at the UN on 7/7/17. The Treaty comprehensively bans the development, production, possession, deployment, threat and use of nuclear weapons under international law. As with the Paris Climate Accords, the US is clearly out of step with the rest of the world on an issue of global significance.

As with the Paris Climate Accords, we the people of the US do not need to wait for our President to do the right thing. Individuals, faith communities, schools, businesses and organizations across the country are taking steps themselvesto be in compliance with this new Treaty – by divesting from and boycotting the companies involved in the nuclear weapons industry and by refusing to work for or supply to  these companies.

Elected officials at all levels of government can make a hugely important contribution to this movement, by supporting efforts at the municipal, state and federal levels to prohibit research and construction of nuclear weapons, divest from and boycott the companies concerned, and otherwise push for the US to sign, ratify and implement the Treaty.

Signatories:

Jim McGovern: MA Representative for the 2nd District
Jeff Ballinger: Congressional Candidate – MA 3rd District
Lindsay Sabadosa: MA State House Candidate – 1st Hampshire District
Marie McCourt: MA State House Candidate – 2nd Hampshire District
Eric Nakajima: MA State House Candidate – 3rd Hampshire District
Mindy Domb: MA State House Candidate – 3rd Hampshire District
Chelsea Kline: MA State Senate Candidate – Hampshire
Jo Comerford: MA State Senate Candidate – Hampshire
Steve Connor: MA State Senate Candidate – Hampshire
Tanya Neslusan: MA State House Candidate – Hampden 1st District
Amaad Rivera: MA State Senate Candidate – Hampden
Natalie Blais: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Jonathan Edwards: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Casey Pease: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Christine Doktor: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Francia Wisnewski: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Kate Albright-Hanna: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Nathaniel Waring: MA State House Candidate – 1st Franklin District
Mary Ann Stewart: MA State House Candidate – 15th Middlesex District
Darryn Remillard: MA State House Candidate – 30th Middlesex District
Jean Strauss: MA State House Candidate – 5th Worchester District
Jamie Guerin: MA State Treasurer Candidate
Edward (Jed) Stamas: MA State Auditor Candidate
Juan Sanchez: MA Secretary of the Commonwealth Candidate
Mary Sullivan: VT State House Candidate – 6-5 Chittenden District
Zachariah Ralph: VT State House Candidate – 1st Windsor District

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[1]http://www.icanw.org/the-facts/catastrophic-harm/

 

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