Get Involved in Nuclear Weapons Abolition
Locally & Beyond
Suggestions on how to get involved
- Sign the Global Petition “We who share the moral vision of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 proclaim our support for their courage and sustained sacrifice and call for the immediate dismissal of all charges against them. click to sign petition.
- Act creatively; raise the issue of abolishing nuclear weapons; call for the dismantling of MLK’s triplets of racism, militarism, and economic oppression. Work to end environmental injustice in Kings Bay, in your area, and beyond; withdraw your consent from killing and war profiteering.
- send post cards to the KBP7 defendants
- come to the trial in GA, in the fall (check website for dates TBA)
- write letters to the editor
- hold teach-ins on plowshares logic, tax resistance, weapons divestment, etc.
- help with effective outreach on social media
- host KBP7 support team speakers with a potluck
- have a book reading of MLK’s “From Chaos to Community”
- join a community of intersectional action that works to abolish nuclear weapons, ends MLK’s triplets & environmental devastation. Work in solidarity with frontline communities such as First Nation peoples, Blacks, Immigrants, Poor communities, the Poor People’s Campaign, BLM, SURJ, Georgia WAND, Pax Christi, and other groups.
- show films such as The Nuns, The Priests, and The Bomb , Radiation Monitoring Project, and others
- look at and find ways to share the history of Plowshares
- organize vigils and other forms of solidarity
- there are more examples below. To learn more contact Beth Brockman in N.C. firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Anne Grady Flores in NY, email@example.com), 607-280-8797
- Join global coalitions working to promote governments’ adherence to, and full implementation of ICAN’s Nobel prize winning Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
- Participate in local campaigns for divestment from nuclear weapons as complementary efforts towards the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons.”
Join us in Court in GA
Consider traveling to Brunswick, GA to support the witness in court during hearings and the trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 when the date for trial is set, likely this Fall, 2019.
Donate to support travel and legal expenses
Checks can be made out to:
PO Box 3087
Washington DC 20010
ICAN- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
On 7 July 2017 – following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners – an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. There are currently 70 signatories and 23 states parties that have ratified it. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have ratified it.
Within the U.S., there are various states, towns, and cities beginning to support the Treaty with resolutions, etc., creating a ground swell of community understanding, despite our current Administration boycotting.
Divestment or Move the Money Campaigns:
Cities and towns can help build support for the treaty by endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal. Cities and municipalities can send a strong signal that no activity related to nuclear weapons is acceptable, by adopting a resolution or city order on divestment. ***
CODE PINK: Divest from War Campaign
Getting a mayor or city/town council members to commit to work on a divestment resolution that has financial teeth is the first spark. We need people like you to light the fire.
Use the Cost of War trade-off meter from the National Priorities Project which shows how your tax dollars are being wasted on weapons instead of providing essential services in your community. Bring this to the municipal council’s attention. Organize community members to speak at council sessions explaining the harmful impact of wasting revenue on war. Bring Vets! Bring teachers! Bring hospital workers! Bring transportation dept reps! Bring seniors! Bring housing advocates and unemployed people! Bring parents! Bring students! Let them testify for 3 mins about what resources they need. It’s a slam dunk. For acting on a state level, team up with other localities to go to your state comptroller to divest from nuclear weapons.
Don’t Bank on the Bomb : A city guide to divestment.
A City Guide to Divestment: https://www.dontbankonthebomb.com/city-guide/
Examples of City Divestment Campaigns
Divest Philly from the War Machine Coalition, jointly with World BEYOND War,CODEPINK, Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia, and other members, is launching a campaign to divest the city of Philadelphia’s pension fund from nuclear weapons.
This spring, 2019, the New York City Council introduced a package of legislation on nuclear weapons (Res. No. 976 and Int. No. 1621), introduced by City Council Member Daniel Dromm and co-sponsored by Council Members Ben Kallos and Helen Rosenthal.
Once passed, these bills would:
- Call for NYC to divest public employee pension funds from companies involved in nuclear weapons production and maintenance;
- Reaffirm NYC as a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone;
- Establish a New York City Nuclear Disarmament and Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Advisory Committee to examine issues related to nuclear disarmament and New York City’s nuclear-weapons-free zone status, issue reports, conduct programs, host public meetings and other educational initiatives, and make recommendations for policy and legislation in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office over a five-year period; and
- Endorse the ICAN City Appeal on behalf of NYC.
Amalgamated Bank declares it doesn’t invest in nuclear weapons
Amalgamated Bank’s Robert Mante posted a piece on their website discussing how Amalgamated doesn’t invest in weapons. This is the first time Amalgamated has made public its investment policy around weapons- including nuclear weapons. This statement was the result of some dedicated bank clients, demanding change. One campaigner, Anthony Donovan, the man behind the Good Thinking documentary, was particularly tenacious, bringing the issue to higher and higher levels within the bank, until the statement was published.
Support the ongoing work of regional groups
Georgia WAND: Our Approach
- We believe that in order to advance justice, efforts must be led by the communities directly affected by the injustices we address. We are recognized for bridging the rural/urban divide and building out an intersectional analysis to our work, based in racial, gender, economic, reproductive, rural, and environmental injustices in directly affected communities. We are multiracial, cross-class, and interfaith.
- We inform and help lead movements that are addressing nuclear weapons, war and systemic violence, nuclear energy and fossil fuels, environmental contamination, defense spending, inadequate political representation, the lack of public funding and community control of our tax dollars, and the lack of leadership development in communities of color.
- Georgia WAND invests in the leadership of women of color and working-class women that lack community-driven distribution of public resources, such as funding for jobs and job training, adequate housing, access to public health, quality education, safety from state violence, economic security, and a clean environment. We focus on education, grassroots organizing, lobbying, leadership development, and coalition work.