Great news for people interested in local action on nuclear weapons policy! San Francisco supervisor Katy Tang is introducing a resolution condemning President Trump's rhetorical recklessness around nuclear weapons and voicing our city's support for important national legislation restricting President Trump's, and ALL future presidents', unchecked authority to start a nuclear war.
Come to City Hall Legislative Chamber, Room 250 on Tuesday, March 13th. Stand in solidarity with those promoting the resolution, and consider signing up to express your support during public comment.
RSVP for this action at San Francisco City Hall to show your support for the resolution. Spread the word!
As Joe Cirincione, President of Ploughshares Fund put it, "Congress alone has the power to declare war under the Constitution. Congress must have that authority when it matters most — the decision to start a nuclear war."
- When: Tuesday, March 13th at 1:45pm (2pm, but arrive at least 15 minutes early)
- Where: City Hall Legislative Chamber, Room 250
- Who: Beyond the Bomb SF, Ploughshares Fund and concerned residents
- What to wear: If you can, wear yellow to show support in the audience.
If the resolution passes, San Francisco will add its name to a growing list of cities and organizations, demanding a check on the president's absolute authority to start a nuclear war.
This resolution will add momentum to another resolution being considered by California state legislators. Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has introduced a joint resolution calling for Congress to rein in the President's nuclear authority, and it's already gaining traction — San Francisco can help get this emergency resolution to Governor Brown's desk.
Solving the problem of the president's unchecked authority to start a nuclear war is a long term effort, and we will not stop until we are successful. As you may know, last year we collaborated on a petition endorsing legislation authored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) called the "Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," which would prohibit the President's authority to launch nuclear weapons first without a declaration of war from Congress. The bill would not restrict a president's authority to respond to a nuclear attack, but would make us much safer, adding an element of democracy to nuclear weapons policy.
Last year, global security organizations, anti-nuclear weapons advocates, and progressive advocacy organizations presented half a million signatures to members of Congress at a press conference on Capitol Hill, but we're not done yet.
Now is the time to speak up locally against any president's unilateral authority to start a nuclear war. San Francisco residents have an important role to play in this fight. Come stand in solidarity with those promoting the resolution, and please consider signing up to vocalize your support during the public comment period. We hope to see you there. RSVP today.
Thank you for what you do to stop nuclear weapons threats.
Photo: SF City Hall Flickr / hobokenvie (cc)
Social media photo: "Justin Majeczky was perched high above the Golden Gate Bridge on Slacker Hill executing some time-lapse photography last night when something showed up in his frame that he surely didn’t expect — a Trident D5 ballistic missile launched by the USS Kentucky off the coast of Southern California." November 7, 2015. Credit: Justin Majeczky