The Candidate Pledge For a Nuclear Weapon Free Future seeks to build support for the Nuclear Ban Treaty at all levels of US governance by getting our elected officials to pledge support for the Treaty and use their governing power to work towards Treaty Alignment.
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.
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.
“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 Alignment with the Treaty, as far as it is legally and practically possible to do so.”
To sign this Pledge, send an email to email@example.com.
NOTE: The candidates in bold have won their primary race.
Jim McGovern: MA Representative for the 2nd District
Jeff Ballinger: Congressional Candidate – MA 3rd District
Gary Rucinski: Congressional Candidate – MA 4th District
Allison Gustavson: MA State House Candidate- 4th Essex 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 (Green Party)
Edward (Jed) Stamas: MA State Auditor Candidate (Green Party)
Juan Sanchez: MA Secretary of the Commonwealth Candidate (Green Party)
James Ehler, Candidate for VT Governor
Mary Sullivan: VT State House Candidate – 6-5 Chittenden District
Zachariah Ralph: VT State House Candidate – 1st Windsor District
Tim Guiles: VT State House Candidate – 6th Rutland District
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