WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons
An End War Committee Campaign
SUNFLOWERS - international symbol for nuclear disarmament
On August 6th, 1945 an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, took off from Tinian Island with as 12-member crew. It was carrying on of the most destructive weapons the world had ever known, an atomic bomb that, when unleashed over Hiroshima, Japan, immediately killed 60,000 - 140,000 people and injured 100,000 more. Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki; again the immediate aftermath was a nightmare. The decision to use these weapons changed the course of history, and for more than seven decades the world community has lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation.
People the world over have campaigned vigorously to abolish nuclear weapons, but generally to no avail. However, on July 7th, 2017, 122 nations adopted a landmark agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (click here to view the treaty). While the nuclear nations are not among the nations who support the treaty, the hope is that this treaty will stengthen the global norm against the possession and use of these weapons; that it will establish a powerful new international legal standard, one that stigmatizes nuclear weapons and compels nations to take steps toward disarmament.
The U.S., which could have used it power to end the peril that nuclear weapons pose to the world, chose instead to boycott the negotiations and worked to persuade approximately 40 countries, including our neighbor Canada and most of the NATO states to join the boycott.
As citizens of this country, the only country that used nuclear weapons, and the country that spends more on its nuclear arsenals than all other countries combined, we have a special responsibility to speak to ensure that these weapons are never agains used by our government. The WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons grew out of this conviction.
BAN ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS - GOALS
- 2,000 postcards sent to each senator by August 1st, 2017
- To have one MN U.S. Senator and three MN U.S. House member to PUBLICLY support the UN Ban on Nuclear Weapons
- Gather over 5,000 signatures on our petition – to be sent to all federal reps. of MN
- Organize round-table discussions on nuclear weapons: church groups, community organization, interested parties
- Educate 5,000 Minnesotans about the real threat of nuclear war
- To have both mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul issue a statement of support for the ban on nuclear weapons
This project is supported by funds from the Jane Addams Peace Association Disarmament Fund.
BAN ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS - ACTIONS
- Sign our petition
- Write a letter to the editor of your paper
- Sign a post card
- Distribute our 'Ban Nuclear Weapons' Stickers -seen above- (Contact WAMM office)
- Join our End War committee to coordinate meeting with our state reps
- Organize a round-table OR host a round-table with your group
- Join our End War Committee to coordinate meetings with our cities Mayors
- Educate yourself and others about the costs of nuclear war
Click on the corresponding links for our resource materials.
See the actual treaty here.
- UN page with news about the Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
- Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
- Global Zero
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
- Beyond Nuclear