Working for a Nuclear-Weapons Free World
By Judy Reynolds.
Sister District CA-3 works to expand progressive power by helping to elect Democrats in strategic races. As one of the most important areas of concern for the world is the danger of a nuclear accident or war, SDCA-3’s backing of progressive candidates who support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) would help us reach the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
The United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom were officially recognized as nations possessing nuclear weapons by the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that went into effect in 1970.They are also countries that are presently involved in talks aiming to resurrect the JCPOA, the agreement they signed in 2015 with Iran that put restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program with the goal of preventing Iran from making nuclear weapons.
Ironically, the United States and Russia presently possess over 90% of the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. Both countries have pulled out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement and are now pursuing the production of new and more dangerous nuclear weapons.
Instead of trying to resurrect the JCPOA, all of the nuclear weapons-possessing countries could make history by joining together with states that want to obtain these weapons and work to establish an agreement to sign and ratify or accede to the TPNW.
That treaty was adopted on July 7, 2017 after two rounds of negotiations at a conference of the United Nations General Assembly. It went into effect January 22, 2021 when it was ratified by 50 nuclear weapons-free states. As our Davis City Council’s resolution supporting the TPNW notes, it provides the impetus and obligation for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and a framework to achieve it.
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its work on the TPNW. They continue to share strategies to convince our elected federal, state, city and town officials to support and ratify this treaty through the ICAN Pledge and ICAN Cities Appeal.
Let’s use the tools offered by ICAN and work for candidates who will support the TPNW, and thereby move us toward abolishing nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. (The text of the TPNW can be found here.)
Judy Reynolds is a new member of the Sister District CA-3’s communication’s team. She has been active in peace groups in Davis for over 40 years and is presently working with the Davis Committee Against Nuclear Weapons on ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.