Thursday, May 4, 2017
|Photo: Erica Fein (in black shirt) stands with Joe Cirincione (Ploughshares Fund), Lillyanne Daigle (Global Zero), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) (from left to right) Photo by Allison Shelley
Yesterday, I spoke at a press conference with leaders in the House and Senate to bring voice to the 500,000 Americans that believe President Trump should not have the sole authority to start a nuclear war and who support S.200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. The bill would put checks and balances on the nuclear codes.
It was a great moment for WAND to remind leaders of the consistent, historical role women have played in leading the fight to stop nuclear war — and it would not have been possible without the support of HALF A MILLION AMERICANS behind us. Our work is just getting started.
Please contact your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor S. 200! (Click for a call script)
The President is the sole decision-maker over launching our nuclear weapons. With Trump at the helm, that’s a terrifying proposition. As author Stephen King just tweeted, “That this guy has his finger on the nuclear trigger is worse than any horror story I ever wrote.”
To keep up the momentum from the event yesterday, we are asking you to take 3 minutes to tell your Senators that you are one of 500,000 Americans that wants Congress to add checks and balances to the nuclear codes.
Nuclear weapons can seem like an abstract concept; but as we speak, America still has over 1,500 of them pointed at targets around the world and thousands more in reserve. Just one strike would be devastating. Trump’s erratic foreign policy has taken on new nuclear undertones and tensions with North Korea are reaching boiling points that we’ve never seen before. Do you trust President Trump with so much access and power over the nuclear arsenal? I don’t.
Please call your Senators today and ask them to sign on to S. 200, the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act.
Thank you for joining me in raising your voice to Congress.
Erica Fein, Nuclear Weapons Policy Director
P.S. Don’t forget to check the “Done Calling” box when you’ve made the call