Join us Saturday, July 14 at 12 noon in Northampton!
Saturday (July 14) at 12pm on the steps of Northampton City Hall, U.S. Representative Jim McGovern will be signing two historic pledges that support the abolition of nuclear weapons. He is the first voting member of Congress to sign the ICAN Parliamentary / Congressional Pledge (Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington D.C. who is denied a vote in the House, signed on May 21, 2018.) By signing Representative McGovern will join nearly 1,000 parliamentarians from 30 countries who have pledged to support the Nuclear Ban Treaty in their respective countries. The Treaty was adopted by 122 countries exactly 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). TRC is a founding partner of 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), 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 this release, 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.