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Arizona PSR activists along with a coalition of other organizations including WILPF, Code Pink, United Nations Association of Southern Arizona and many Arizona citizens collected 1600 postcards for each of our Senators to urge them to vote to ratify the New START Treaty in November of 2010. These were delivered to the offices of Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl. A press conference was held for this event. In the following week, PSR and the UN Association of SA hosted a panel discussion on the New START Treaty with retired Brigadier General John Adams, educator Phineas Anderson, Blake Gentry from the UN Association and Dr. Barbara Warren from PSR. These events were supported by a grant from the Ploughshares Fund.
The ratification of the New START Treaty was passed in the Senate successfully and has since been signed into action by the Presidents of the United States and Russia. This is a great first step in the process of nuclear weapons drawdown and verification of all processes in management of these weapons in our respecitive nations. OUR NEXT STEP is to work towards the succesful ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by our Senate. This is crucial to gaining control of nuclear weapons testing and instability of the developoment of these weapons throughout the world. The CTBT has already been ratified by a great many nations with the exception of the United States and Israel.