2009/04/18:Captial Times: A Tear For Midge, And A Call To Action

A Tear For Midge, And A Call To Action
The Capital Times :: OPINION :: WEB
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The Capital Times

Midge Miller, who this newspaper backed in each of her many election campaigns and published as a columnist and letter writer on a regular basis, was in every sense a member of The Capital Times family.

So we feel the pain of her passing at age 86.

Midge was in touch with her emotions. And she would allow us to shed a tear.

But only a tear.

Midge believed in meeting challenges with action.

And so we must honor the memory of this remarkable activist on behalf of equality, economic justice and, above all, peace in the only way that is appropriate: with a call to action.

Several years ago, when anti-nuclear activists rallied at the United Nations, we got this letter: "Dear Editor: Ever since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has been working to find ways to prevent a disastrous nuclear holocaust. In 1969, the U.S. Senate ratified the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, agreeing to negotiate the elimination of American nuclear weapons. At the 2000 NPT review conference, the U.S. reaffirmed that commitment.

"This coming May the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty will come up again for review by the United Nations. Since the Bush administration is promoting building new nuclear weapons, there is serious concern that it will undermine the review.

"It will take major public pressure to secure support for the treaty this May. Realizing this, mayors for peace and citizen supporters from around the world will meet in New York on May 1 to encourage the U.S. and the U.N. to continue their support for the treaty.

"Madison's mayor, Dave Cieslewicz, will be among the many mayors. It will be important for as many people as possible to join the mayors and other supporters of the treaty from around the world at the U.N. headquarters on May 1 to show their support for nuclear weapons control.

"Since the U.S. already has more nuclear weapons than any other country, it seems irrational for us to risk igniting a nuclear arms race that could spin disastrously out of control.

"The human family needs you in New York on May 1. The city you save may be your own.

"Midge Miller"

That demonstration, like so many that Midge supported, is a part of history.

But the struggle for nuclear disarmament is still being waged.

The human family still needs our activism on behalf of nuclear weapons control.

We mark Midge's passing by rededicating ourselves to that struggle.

She would forgive our tears. But she would expect, and celebrate, our activism.

An editorial - 4/18/2009 7:07 am