Minnesota Caucus Resolution: Ban Nuclear Weapons

Minnesota’s precinct caucuses will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 7:00 pm. To find your Democratic or Republican caucus location go to the State of Minnesota caucus finder here.

RESOLUTION TO BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS

WHEREAS, on July 7, 2017, 122 member nations of the United Nations agreed to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

WHEREAS, there are approximately 15,000 nuclear weapons curently held collectively by nine nuclear countries with 90% of these weapons in the hands of the United States and Russia.

WHEREAS, nuclear weapons are the only devices ever created that have the capacity to destroy all complex life forms on earth.  The use of even a fraction of current arsenals would cause catastrophic climate disruption, a devastating agriculturual collapse, and a global famine that could kill two billion people.

 WHEREAS, there is no effective humanitarian response, or meaningful health response, to the use of nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons are unique in their destructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, and in the threat they pose to the environment, to future generations, and indeed to the survival of humanity.

WHEREAS, nuclear weapons do not make us more safe.  Far from keeping the peace, they breed fear and mistrust among nations, and are useless in addressing any of today’s real security threats, such as terrorism, climate change, extreme poverty, and disease.

WHEREAS, nuclear weapons programs divert public funds from health care, education, repair of the infrastructure, disaster relief and other vital services.  The nine nuclear armed nations spend many tens of billions of dollars each year maintaining and modernizing their nuclear arsenals.

WHEREAS, the nuclear weapons standoff between the United States and North Korea has greatly increased the prospect of a nuclear war.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the United States take a leadership role in bringing together the nine nuclear nations to work toward the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the signing and ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Prepared by the End War Committee of Women Against Military Madness

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