Organizing local events on October 16 is about making nuclear weapons a focus for communities, activists, and elected officials – from many policy angles and political approaches. There are a lot of changes that can be enacted to decrease the possibilities of nuclear war. On October 16, plan to make your voice heard about nuclear weapons in the way that will have the biggest impact in your community and beyond.
The goal of actions on October 16 is to bring the dangers of nuclear weapons to your community’s attention and get regular people and elected officials talking about solutions. The primary message is to Say NO to NUKES. You may choose to focus on more specific issues, like the ones listed below, but it isn’t necessary.
From Beyond the Bomb: Under current policy, the President of the United States has limitless authority to launch a nuclear strike. The notion that any one person, regardless of character or party affiliation, could have such vast power to end life on Earth is appalling in the best of times — let alone during a time of increasing nuclear rhetoric and vast foreign policy shifts.
The United States withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002 and from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 2019. Both pacts significantly reduced the dangers of nuclear war.
From Back From The Brink: The United States has roughly 1,700 deployed nuclear weapons and another several thousand in reserve. Four hundred of these are on missiles in underground silos, ready to be launched within minutes of a presidential order. This alert status — called hair-trigger alert — increases the chance of a launch in response to a false alarm.
From Beyond the Bomb: The U.S. is set to spend $264 billion dollars on the projected lifetime cost of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, which is set to replace the land-based nuclear missiles. Meanwhile, a growing consensus among nuclear weapons experts asserts not only that the U.S. doesn’t need these weapons for its security, but that keeping them keeps the U.S. needlessly vulnerable to a massive nuclear attack.
H.Res. 1185 “calls on the President to embrace the goals and provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of U.S. national security policy. It also calls on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war.”
Half of the U.S. government’s discretionary budget goes to military spending — while vast numbers of people lack adequate health care, education, housing and other basic needs, at the same time that the climate emergency and other environmental crises are worsening. Budgets are moral documents, and should be devoted to sustaining life instead of destroyed life.
Hand out fliers
Engage people in your community directly at the park, downtown, or anywhere there are people. Download fliers below, or click HERE.
Write a Letter to the editor of your local paper
Use our automated Letter To The Editor Tool to quickly send a letter that may get published in your local paper. Use our template letter and feel free to add your own words.
Other options: Die-in, picket, flash mob, human chain, etc
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