HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO
CONTACT: Council Speaker Johnson and ask him to bring RES 976-2019 and INT 1621-2019 to the floor for a vote.
URGE: Congress members to sign the ICAN Pledge.
EDUCATE: yourself, your community and your elected officials on the nuclear threat. Learn more about nuclear weapons and what is being done to abolish them.
At our successful hearing over a year ago, NYCAN activists and allies generated over 400 pages of written testimony and 60 in person testimonies. Transcripts can be found under attachment #6 on the New York City Council website. Click here to find NYCAN’s evidence document, prepared for the January 2020 hearing at City Council. The body of evidence includes:
• research on nuclear weapons;
• reports on divestment from nuclear weapon producers;
• research detailing increased risk to urban areas and the harm nuclear weapons cause;
• articles about nuclear war, militarism and climate chaos;
• information on the health impacts in the US on indigenous people from uranium mining and nuclear testing;
• ecumenical/interfaith resources on nuclear disarmament; and more.
CONTACT: the Office of the Comptroller and ask that the City align its finances with its progressive values. The argument for divestment is laid out in Nuclear Weapons are Risky Business by Dr. Matthew Bolton. We need the Comptroller to educate the City’s pensions managers on what nuclear weapons mean and why continuing to fund their modernization and deployment is the antithesis of what we need to combat COVID-19, joblessness, homelessness, environmental degradation and the multitude of problems we face in the 21st-century. To divest from nuclear weapons would align New York City with a global majority that supports nuclear disarmament and the treaty.
DIVEST: your personal finances. The research project Don’t Bank on the Bomb, part of PAX Netherlands, provides excellent analysis of financial institutions that include nuclear weapons as part of their controversial weapons policies. Don’t Bank on the Bomb regularly publishes the latest information on private companies involved in the production of nuclear weapons and their financiers. Click here for a checklist of what constitutes a good policy. For a list of outstanding financial institution policies, see here.
Make sure your bank does not invest in nuclear weapon producers! NYCAN applauds New York based Amalgamated Bank for their public refusal to invest its money in weapons manufacturers. Amalgamated is part of a movement among financial institutions, internationally, to support the TPNW.
DONATE: Please consider donating to any of the following NGOs, dedicated to nuclear abolition:
Reaching Critical Will: RCW is the one-stop shop for basic facts on disarmament treaties including treaty language and analysis, plus an excellent inventory of country statements, and original research. Staff monitor UN meetings and provide excellent editorials on all UN disarmament fora. Sign up for their daily newsletter during ban treaty negotiations, and find archived research on their content rich site. RCW is a project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: ICAN is a coalition of some 500 non- government organizations in one hundred countries and territories. ICAN’s work advocating for a strong and effective nuclear weapon ban treaty, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, has been recognized around the world resulting in the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War: Focusing on health and medical issues IPPNW was founded by Russian and American doctors during the height of the Cold War. Convinced that nuclear war would be the ‘final epidemic’ they joined together to alert the public to the dangers of nuclear weapons and radiation. In 1985 they were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: IEER’s Energy and Security newsletter comprises first-rate research on nuclear non-proliferation, disarmament and energy sustainability, and is available on-line in English, French, Spanish and Russian, with select articles in Korean, Chinese and Japanese.
ACTIVATE THROUGH ART: Engage youth in Art for Disarmament