The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty ‘Enters Into Force’ January 22nd! Here’s what YOU can do:

On January 22nd the UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons ‘Enters Into Force’. Together We Enter a New Chapter in the Work to Attain a Nuclear-Free World.

Last fall, the landmark UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was ratified by the 50 countries needed for it to come into force. On Friday, January 22, 2021 the treaty goes into effect, making nuclear weapons – and everything to do with them – illegal in the countries ratifying it. Not only will the use of nuclear weapons prohibited, but everything about them will be too: their development, manufacture, possession, or transfer and more. For now, that is true of the 50 (and counting) nations that have ratified it - many more countries are soon to follow. The treaty affects all countries in significant ways whether or not they sign it. Signatory countries must encourage other nations to join. Furthermore, the treaty also establishes legal obligations toward those harmed by nuclear weapons or by their production, prohibits companies involved with nuclear weapons from doing business in countries that ratify the treaty, and will inevitably promote divestment from such companies and their financiers. And just as other weapons of mass destruction like cluster bombs have been stigmatized, nuclear weapons will be also resulting in delegitimizing the myth of “nuclear deterrence.” Here are three things you Can Do Right now:

Join an Entry Into Force event already planned … or better yet grab a friend and plan one of your own! Anti-nuclear activists across the country and throughout the world are gearing up for January 22 for a Global Day of Action to celebrate the treaty's Entry Into Force. Sign up at ICANW.ORG Make sure to send a press release to local papers and media about your Entry Into Force event. We invite groups across the U.S. and the world to join in and schedule your events!

If you’re near Milwaukee: Fri Jan 22, 12 noon - 1 pm - Join this group: We Banned the Bomb! International Celebration and Observance of UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - Milwaukee. Meet at Northwestern Mutual headquarters 700 E. Wisconsin Ave. March to Federal Court  House / Sen. Ron Johnson’s office 517 E. Wisconsin Ave. - On to US Rep. Gwen Moore’s office 250 E. Wisconsin Ave. then, End at Chase Bank & Wells Fargo Bank, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave . Wear Masks! Social Distancing!  Sponsored by Peace Action of WI, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, United Nations Association of Milwaukee, Milwaukee End the Wars Coalition and more info@peaceactionwi.org

Link: https://www.icanw.org/peacegrandma/demonstration_and_march_hcr9oaxgjyekizmy3mhavw . from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

- Urge Congress to sign the ICAN Pledge. So far only nine members of the U.S. Congress - including our own Rep. Jim McGovern - have taken the ICAN Pledge to work for the ultimate signing and ratification of this historic document by the U.S. There is a global movement underway that needs our full participation if we are to build the power required to cause the United States and the other nuclear powers to respond. Contact your legislators today and urge them to sign the ICAN Pledge and commit to working for a nuclear-free world! In the words of its many proponents, the Nuclear Ban Treaty is our best chance of realizing “the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons." The Ban is HERE!

- Learn about the Nuclear Weapons Ban: You can start by watching this short video clip provided by the ICANW partner organization NuclearBan.US based in Northampton. The group also has an informative 1 1/2 hour YouTube webinar, What Does the Nuclear Ban Treaty Mean for the US? In it, Director Dr. Timmon Wallis discusses the legal, financial and political implications of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as it is about to enter into force in 50 countries. Click here.

- Write a Letter to the Editor. Say why the Nuclear Ban Treaty is important.

- Mount a banner on your church and ring the bells at noon on the 22nd, or hold a vigil with it near City Halls, nuclear-related facilities, universities or financial institutions involved in the nuclear enterprise.

- Circulate this information among your friends, social network and faith community. Go to nuclearban.us for many more ideas and resources! Remember: January 22nd is just the beginning of a new chapter in the nuclear abolition movement. Sent to WNPJ by MA Peace Action - info@masspeaceaction.org