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Urge President Obama to take Bold Leadership to Create a Safer World

February 16, 2012

Over the next few months, President Obama will write a new policy review for the role of nuclear weapons in the overall U.S. military strategy called “new guidance”. He could drastically cut the size and structure as well, if he chooses to, and this could be his last major opportunity to shift U.S. reliance on nuclear weapons. Concerned individuals, communities and organizations around the country are coming together to seize this opportunity, with a goal of generating enough petition signatures by March 31st to show widespread American support for steps to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Please take a moment to sign this petition to President Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for supporting the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and for pledging to “put an end to outdated Cold War thinking.”  In the 21st century, nuclear weapons are a global security liability, not an asset. You must act now to reduce the nuclear danger and the role of nuclear weapons.

In the coming weeks, I urge you to end outdated U.S. nuclear war-fighting strategy, dramatically reduce the number of U.S. nuclear weapons and the number of submarines, missiles, and bombers that carry those weapons, and take U.S. nuclear weapons off high alert. Maintaining large numbers of nuclear forces on alert increases the risk of accident or miscalculation.

By taking these steps, you will facilitate reductions in Russia’s nuclear arsenal, encourage other nuclear-armed countries to join in reductions, and move us closer to a world free of nuclear weapons.

Please sign and share this petition with others to send a clear and powerful message to President Obama that America is ready to move beyond the massive public health threat posed by nuclear weapons. Thank you!

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