“Today, the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater than ever before, but we need not accept this fate as inevitable. Back from the Brink represents a crossroads, blazing a new trail with concrete steps to take us away from danger and towards a safer future for humanity. The fight against the threat of nuclear weapons can be daunting, but Back from the Brink has created a worthy road map for battle.” ~ William J. Perry, 19th Secretary of Defense
Not since 1953 have we been so close to the brink of a global catastrophe, according the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock. Now once again, it is with extreme urgency that we must act to pull ourselves back from the brink.
Many of Maine’s organizations are finding common ground when it comes to the humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. And when it comes to nuclear war, we are united in our values in seeking a world free of nuclear weapons and the threat of catastrophic humanitarian, economic, and environmental destruction.
The intersection of disparate organizations becomes an important place of strength to urge our policy makers and the US to find a better way forward through diplomacy and out of a trajectory toward nuclear conflict.
Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War
We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:
- renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
- ending the sole, unchecked authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack
- taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
- cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons
- actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
American Academy of Pediatrics Maine Chapter
Maine Academy of Family Physicians
Maine Medical Association
Maine Nurse Practitioners Association
Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine Chapter
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church
Congregation Bet Ha’am
Pax Christi Maine
The Church of Universal Fellowship
Global Network against Nuclear Power & Weapons in Space
Maine Peace Action Committee
Maine Peace Fund
Peace Action Maine
Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Resources for Organizing and Social Change
Veterans for Peace Tom Sturtevant Chapter
Toxics Action Center
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