Calling on the US to join the Nuclear Ban Treaty
On Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, the City Council of Easthampton voted unanimously to pass a resolution “Calling for the US to Join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.”
Aligning with the Nuclear Ban Treaty
At their meeting of September 18th, 2019, City Councillors were not yet ready to take steps to disengage the City of Easthampton itself from the nuclear weapons business, in alignment with the Nuclear Ban Treaty. To do that requires an Executive Policy Order of the Mayor and/or an ordinance or statute (as opposed to a resolution) passed by the City Council, instructing city officials to align the city itself with the Nuclear Ban Treaty by:
- Committing the City of Easthampton to divest any funds it may have under its control from companies directly involved in the development, manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons.
- Committing the City of Easthampton to refuse city contracts with any companies directly involved in the development, manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons. (This requires a Home Rule Petition to the State House, via a local state representative, requesting permission to make an exception for Easthampton of state procurement regulations.)
- Committing the City of Easthampton to the prohibition of any activities relating to the development, manufacture or maintenance of nuclear weapons within the jurisdiction of Easthampton.
See List of Companies that would be affected