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Action Alert: Ban Nuclear Weapons ~ Contact your Madison Alders ~ #BackFromTheBrink

Contact city alders and be sure they have all of the following information and links.

Here's a sample letter -

Dear Alder: We/I write to ask you to support a City of Madison Back from the Brink (BftB) Resolution. It calls on the federal government to honor the Nonproliferation Treaty of 1970 (NPT), embrace the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) of 2021 and take the following steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war:

  • Actively pursue a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

  • Renounce the option of using nuclear weapons first

  • End the president’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack.

  • Take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger (high) alert.

  • Cancel the plan to replace the entire U.S. arsenal with enhanced weapons.

Madison, Wisconsin declared itself a nuclear free zone in a 1983 ordinance and passed a proclamation in 2019 commemorating August 6th as Hiroshima Day and August 9th as Nagasaki Day. The 2019 proclamation also called on the US to live up to its obligations under the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty and cancel the nuclear weapons modernization program.

We are asking for the City to make a financial commitment that aligns with its history of advocacy for nuclear disarmament. The Madison Back from the Brink Resolution includes a pledge by the City to end investments in and contracts with companies involved in nuclear weapons production such as those listed in the 2022 Don’t Bank on the Bomb “Hall of Shame”. We look forward to developing a workable plan with City of Madison staff.

Over sixty-five US cities have passed the Back from the Brink Resolution. Fifteen US cities have so far passed resolutions committing themselves to nuclear weapon free investments and/or contracts. For additional information, see links below: -12/2022 Background on Back from the Brink. – Summary of Divestment Information – PSR Wisconsin Back from the Brink web page We are eagerly awaiting your support of this Resolution. Sincerely, (your name)

This Action Laert comes from Physicians for Social Responsibility and Veterans for Peace #25

Back from the Brink resolution Co-sponsors:

  • Dane County Chapter of United Nations Association,

  • 350 Madison

  • First Unitarian Society Social Justice Ministry,

  • Four Lakes Green Party,

  • Friends Meeting of Madison,

  • Interfaith Peace Working Group

  • Madison Mennonite Church,

  • Physicians for Social Responsibility – Wisconsin,

  • Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society Social Action Committee,

  • Progressive Dane,

  • Raging Grannies of Madison/Dane County,

  • Reverend Franz Rigert, Conference Minister of General Synod of United Church of Christ (UCC passed the resolution at the General Synod in June 2019),

  • Veterans for Peace – Chapter 25,

  • Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice

  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and

  • World BEYOND War



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