We are asking ALL our members to write letters to the White House and to your representatives in Congress regarding the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW] as soon as possible.
The anniversary of its historic signing at the United Nations is coming up and the United States has still not joined other nations in cooperating in this peace effort. Below is a sample of the letter you could send, both on this page and attached to the email as a separate attachment you can edit and print out yourself.
Also included here are links to the White House, and to the House of Representatives and Senate so you can write to your representatives in Congress. When you enter your state, you can click on the person who represents you and find a form to include the sample letter or one that you have written on your own about this issue.
Sending your own personalized letter is an even better option. The sample letter is provided to give you an idea of the particular points we feel need to be said to our elected officials.
Our action is time sensitive; if you possibly can, it would be most effective to have this done before January 20th since January 22, 2022 is the first anniversary its signing.
Dear [Representitive Name],
In 2017, 122 nations of the First Committee of the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons [TPNW], and on January 22, 2021, the Treaty came into force. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock now shows that the planet, at the intersection of nuclear war and climate change, is closer to annihilation than at any time in its 75-year history: “one hundred seconds to midnight”!
Yet the United States has not signed onto the TPNW. As of January 3, 2022, 59 nations have ratified the TPNW, which does not include any of the top 8 Nations that own nuclear weapons. Russia and the US are almost in a tie for the most weapons. In the US, we are in the process of upgrading our nuclear arsenal, to the tune of from $634 billion to $1 Trillion in the next decade. This equals close to $28 billion for nuclear weapons in this year’s obscenely bloated Defense Authorization Act alone!
I am affiliated with Pax Christi Metro New York, a Catholic Peace organization. Many religious leaders, including Pope Francis have declared that the possession, never mind the development, of nuclear weapons to be totally immoral. I agree with this statement.
I am writing to urge you- in fact, to beg you- to take action to have the United States sign on to the TPNW agreement and to implement its mandates. Our very morality – and the survival of humanity- depend on it.