Around the world, the call to “Ban the Bomb” arose even before Physicians for Social Responsibility was first founded, in 1961. Now, at long last, the Bomb has been banned with the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). With your help, PSR has worked for nearly a decade to promote this treaty, alongside ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Adopted by 122 nations at the UN in July, 2017, and now ratified by 51 of them, the TPNW officially “enters into force” on Friday, January 22, 2021. This is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time to share the news!
So far, during the Obama and Trump administrations, the United States has opted not to sign onto the treaty. Therefore, the United States is not party to the treaty or its obligations (yet). Nevertheless, PSR welcomes TPNW entry into force because this new treaty delegitimizes nuclear weapons everywhere, and expresses the worldwide desire for getting rid of every last one of them. Nuclear weapons threaten all of humanity, and it’s time for the United States to work for their total elimination.
Help PSR and ICAN publicly celebrate this victory for humanity. Make sure that the Members of Congress that represent you hear about this historic event, and ask them to respond.