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Candidates Pledge for a Nuclear Free Future
July 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
U.S. Representative Jim McGovern will be signing a pledge to support the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is the first voting member of Congress to take this pledge – a step that nearly 1,000 parliamentarians from 30 countries have taken – and he will be joined by a number of State Senate and House candidates!
The Nuclear Ban Treaty was adopted by 122 countries one year ago at the UN. So far, 59 countries have signed it. The event is hosted by The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice (TRC, https://www.theresistancecenter.org). The TRC is a founding partner of NuclearBan.US (http://www.nuclearban.us), a locally-based, national campaign to move the United States towards the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Nuclear Ban Treaty). Both TRC and NuclearBan.US are official partners of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN, http://www.icanw.org), which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the Treaty.
Representative McGovern will be joined by a number of local state senate and house candidates who will also be signing the Candidate Pledge for a Nuclear Weapons Free Future, a pledge open to all US candidates for national, state, and municipal office to commit their support to the Nuclear Ban Treaty.
As of now (7/7/2018), local signers will include state House candidates Marie McCourt, Kate Albright-Hanna, Lindsay Sabadosa, and Nathaniel Waring; and state Senate candidates Jo Comerford, Chelsea Kline, and Amaad Rivera.
Modeled after the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge, the Candidate Pledge states:
“As a candidate for public office, I consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be an essential step towards a more peaceful, prosperous, fair and just society. I therefore call on the US to sign, ratify and implement the 2017 International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Until that happens, I will support legislation that would bring local and state governments into compliance with the Treaty, as far as it is legally and practically possible to do so.”