“The ‘apocalyptic’ chess game between the superpowers that is, between those that move on the highest plane of our civilization, is being played according to the rule ‘if either “wins” it is the end of both’; it is a game that bears no resemblance to whatever war games preceded it. Its ‘rational’ goal is deterrence, not victory, and the arms race, no longer a preparation for war, can now be justified only on the grounds that more and more deterrence is the best guarantee of peace. To the question how shall we ever be able to extricate ourselves from the obvious insanity of this position, there is no answer.” — Hannah Arendt
ICAN and WAMM are working on an answer to extricate ourselves from what Arendt calls the “obvious insanity of this position.”
Via push pin this map shows every town in Minnesota where someone has signed the petition, the greatest density being in the Twin City metropolitan area. The non-metro area is also dotted with pins, although they are difficult to see. Map prepared by Steve McKeown, Veterans for Peace Chapter 27.
The WAMM Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons is delivering paper petitions bearing the signatures of Minnesotans to its ten representatives in the U.S. Congress. So far, 9,000 signatures from 300 cities and towns have been collected. The campaign will continue to collect signatures throughout 2018, hoping to obtain at least one signature from residents of the 854 cities and towns in Minnesota.
YOU, faith communities, peace groups, community and climate change and environmental groups. and others can help! Please pick up a petition form from the WAMM office or ask that one be sent to you, or download copies from the WAMM website.
Taking action is extremely important, especially in light of talk to withdrawal from the Iran deal and provocations of the U.S. toward North Korea.
WAMM is one of 25 organizations in the United States that is a partner group with the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was recently honored with the Nobel Peace Prize.
FFI: Marie Braun at 612-275-2720 or the WAMM office at 612-827-5364.
Editor’s Note: Not from Minnesota? Get a copy of the petition from WAMM and adapt it for use in your own state. Informative resources are also available.