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The KC Nuclear Facility ballot initiative

In a legislative session on August 30 2012, the Kansas City Missouri City Council voted to place the citizen’s initiative (wording below) on the ballot for April 2, 2013. While this vote came after substantial delays by the City Council, this citizen’s initiative now offers the real possibility for local action against a nuclear weapons facility. If successful, the ordinance would ensure that the city would no longer offer investment or subsidy to facilities that produce or procure components for, assembly, or refurbish nuclear weapons.

This success comes after years of hard work by Kansas City PSR, led by Ann Suellentrop, MSRN, and by coalition partners. The next step will be for concerned citizens to help raise a public awareness campaign that educates voters on the choice that is in front of them on April 2, 2013. Be sure to find updates on this campaign at www.foolishinvestment.com and here.

Below is the wording of the initiative.

Prevention of the City’s Future Financial Involvement in Nuclear Weapons Components Facilities

The City of Kansas City, Missouri ("the City") shall not enter into, facilitate, nor give permission for any future contracts whereby it will be directly financially involved in any facilities that produce or procure components for, assemble, or refurbish nuclear weapons (except for outside infrastructure improvements customarily provided by cities and governmental services ordinarily provided to citizens). The City is also barred in the future from funding or subsidizing such a facility through taxes, bonds, loans, tax credits, credit, or any other financial scheme or mechanism. The definition of such a facility does not include providers of goods and services which were not produced for the purpose of nuclear weapons components production but which may be purchased by such a facility as a consumer.

This debate is already capturing the attention of local and national media. Please stay tuned for more updates and ways to be involved. Post your thoughts and words of encouragement for our Kansas City chapter on Facebook at facebook.com/psrnational.