Today, the threat of nuclear war is all too real — posing an existential threat to humanity.
Global tensions are on the rise, nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea have stalled, and U.S. relations with Russia and several other countries are tense and growing worse. What’s more, the United States plans to build smaller nuclear weapons for “nuclear war fighting” as part of a plan to rebuild the entire U.S. nuclear arsenal at the staggering cost of $1.7 trillion over the next three decades. This truly is an all hands on deck moment.
“The risk of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War — and yet our public is blissfully unaware of the new nuclear dangers they face.”
William J. Perry, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1994-1997)
Who Should Join This Effort?
All of us. Many Americans are frightened and concerned. However, most of us don’t feel we have any say on the issue — or a meaningful way to get involved and make a difference. The Call gives everyone of us voice on an issue that affects us all and provides a way to build a politically powerful and diverse constituency demanding real change.
“Nuclear weapons are not a force of nature, they are not an act of God. We have made them with our own hands and we know how to take them apart. We’ve already dismantled more than 50,000 of them. The only thing that’s missing is the political will and commitment to do this. And that’s where all of us come in.”
Ira Helfand, co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize