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February 16, 2017
Civic involvement has surged in 2017, and PSR welcomes this as well as the upsurge in concern about who controls the "nuclear codes." On Feb 13, the New York Times published letters to the editor on this topic from both of the PSR Security Committee co-chairs, Ira Helfand and Robert Dodge.
PSR chapters around the country are forming teams to establish regular communication with their Representatives and Senators, encouraging them to support legislation such as the Lieu-Markey Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.
PSR's campaign to Stop the Nuclear Arms Race is also generating opposition in Congress to the Pentagon's plan to spend one trillion dollars over the next 30 years on a complete overhaul and rebuild of all three legs of the United States nuclear weapons "triad" (land-based missiles, submarines, and bombers). In particular, the campaign is designed to expand the number of Congressional "champions" who are willing to publicly challenge, in Congress and in the media, the entire trillion dollar nuclear weapons spending binge. It is too expensive and too dangerous and must be stopped.
This campaign is built around the concept of a local "lobby team" in a state, consisting of PSR members and others, who take charge of researching, contacting, meeting with, and influencing the decisions of U.S. Representatives and Senators in their state. The existing lobby teams have identified some Congressional "champions" and also chalked up some successes with other key players in Congress.
We need YOU! Would you like to get involved with a lobby team in your state? If you would like to be a part of PSR's Stop the Nuclear Arms Race campaign, please fill out this sign-up form. If you'd like more information, please email Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director, and he will work with you to make it happen. Thank you!