Tuesday Sep 26, 2023

Washington Against Nuclear Weapons statewide Pickets

Send a Letter to Your Members of Congress: Impacted Communities Deserve Justice

Nuclear detonations like the Trinity Test and the Castle Bravo detonation in the Marshall Islands have had devastating effects on local communities. These communities still suffer from far higher rates of cancers and other diseases, and Congress has failed to renew basic medical benefits for many of them. Take one minute to send a letter demanding the passage of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act and Compact Impact Fairness Act. 

Join a Statewide Picket Against Nuclear Weapons at a Congressional Office near you

Join the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition on September 26 for pickets at Congressional offices across Washington State calling on elected leaders to take action to to reduce the risk of nuclear war and reduce the waste of nuclear weapons investments.
Read the full platform here and download signs to print for your picket here. Join us at these locations on September 26:

Rick Larsen (Bellingham)
119 North Commercial Street Suite 275
Bellingham, WA 98225

Derek Kilmer (Bremerton)
345 6th Street
Suite 500
Bremerton, WA 98337

Rick Larsen (Everett)
Wall Street Building,
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9F
Everett, WA 98201

Kim Schrier (Issaquah)
1445 NW Mall Street
Suite 4
Issaquah, WA  98027

Suzan Delbene (Kirkland)
450 Central Way Suite 3100
Kirkland, WA 98033

Marilyn Strickland (Lacey)
Lacey City Hall – 3rd Floor
420 College St SE
Suite 3000
Lacey, WA 98503

Adam Smith (Renton)
101 Evergreen Building
15 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell (Seattle)
2988 Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98174

Cathy McMorris Rogers (Spokane)
850 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Suite 270
Spokane, WA 99202

Derek Kilmer (Tacoma)
950 Pacific Avenue,
Suite 1230
Tacoma, WA 98402

Marie Glusenkamp Perez (Vancouver)
1053 Officers Row
Vancouver WA 98661

Dan Newhouse (Yakima)
402 E. Yakima Ave
Suite #1000
Yakima, WA  98901


The WANW Platform

Since the creation of the atomic bomb, the United States and Russia have led the world in a nuclear arms race with no end in sight. Escalated tensions with Russia and China and the war in Ukraine have brought the world closer to nuclear war than at any time since the 1960s. Today as children go hungry, thousands sleep on the streets, and environmental crises rage on, our elected leaders continue to prioritize the military arms race over the needs of all people.

With plans to spend 1.6 Trillion Dollars to Build Up the Nuclear Arsenal, an $847 Billion  Defense Budget for 2023, the U.S. government betrays the needs of working people and stokes military conflicts around the world. Arms manufacturers profit from wars and arms buildups, pocketing nearly half of the defense budget, while pouring millions of dollars into our election system via lobbying and campaign contributions. Nuclear weapons are dangerous, and in Washington State, we have enough of these weapons at the Bangor-Trident Submarine Base to destroy the world several times over. It’s time to build a country and world free of these weapons with an economy built on peace. That starts with you and me. We demand that Congress and our electeds:

  • Engage in Diplomacy and Disarmament Treaties with Other Nuclear Powers
  • Shift Resources From Weapons of Mass Destruction and Towards Human Needs
  • Act Swiftly to Address the Harms of the Nuclear Legacy
  • Rid the World of Nuclear Weapons

Address the Nuclear Legacy

  • Divest All Public Funds from Nuclear Weapons
    Every City, County, University, and Public Fund must stop investing and doing business  with the companies that profit off of nuclear weapons, following the lead of Spokane, WA
  • Heal the Harms and Expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
    Provide medical treatment to people affected by radiation and nuclear testing. Clean up every war zone where depleted uranium weapons have been deployed and make restitution to all countries and individuals which have been harmed by nuclear weapons used by the United States military operations. 
  • Contain and Clean Up Hanford, WA’s Leaking Radiation
    Congress must end the outstanding threats at the site of the nuclear arsenal’s development before it explodes. Expedite vitrification of all nuclear waste in the US and move to safe storage for 100,000 years.
  • End the Threat of Nuclear Warhead Materials
    Plutonium is the main radioactive component of nuclear warheads; there are already 15 thousand of radioactive plutonium pits in storage. We must destroy these pits and stop the production of new ones before more sites like Hanford are made. 
  • Stop the 1.6 Trillion Nuclear Arms Rebuild
    This enormous waste of taxpayer money will escalate the global arms race and move us away from peace toward nuclear war. Discontinue development of “Advanced Low Yield Nuclear Weapons” and adopt a policy of phase out instead of rebuild.
  • Retire Obsolete Warheads
    These warheads can be permanently retired, not rebuilt. They are the low-hanging fruit of the nuclear arsenal. Rebuilding would cost billions. 
  • Ensure Accountability
    End Presidential Sole Authority, Take Weapons off of Hair-Trigger Alert, and End the Policy of First Use. The fate of the world should rest on more than one individual. Further, the US policy of first use for any reason is immoral.
  • Re-Negotiate START and other Nuclear treaties
    If the START Treaty expires, then there will be no limits on deployed nuclear weapons and arms escalation. We must continue our nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, and negotiate treaties to scale down arsenals around the globe. 
  • Enter Bilateral Nuclear Agreement with China
    We need a nuclear weapons agreement with China to prevent more nuclear proliferation. 
  • Dismantle All land-based ICBMs
    These static targets are not a necessary part of the nuclear posture and are not only difficult to maintain but dangerous to the vast area of middle America where they are based. 
  • Just Transition from Nuclear Weapons jobs to civilian occupations
    Provide retraining and guarantees to any displaced weapons workers. 
  • Enter Global Agreement to Scale Down to Minimum Deterrence
    While we do not believe that any nuclear weapons should exist, for the near term, even subscribers of this theory of nuclear deterrence believe that our thousands of nuclear weapons far exceed the minimum needed to deter a nuclear attack. 
  • Sign and Ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)
    Together we can build a world without nuclear weapons, joining the 93 countries that have signed and 68 who have ratified.

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