Make a difference in the challenge to confront global warming and prevent nuclear war and the development and use of nuclear weapons.
Tell President Obama and the US DOT to stop oil trains carrying diluted tar sands and fracked shale oil from the Bakken formation—both are more toxic, more explosive, and more carbon-intensive than conventional crude.
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.
Please ask President Obama to match actions to his fine words at Hiroshima. He can prevent a new nuclear arms race, starting by canceling plans for a new nuclear cruise missile.
Ask President Obama to restore vital military-to-military communication channels with Russia. These channels were established during the Cold War to avoid an accidental nuclear war. We need them now more than ever!