Berkeley City Council, CA, voted on a resolution that will be sent to Congressmember Barbara Lee and to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris. On the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the City of Berkeley calls on the President and Congress to step back from the brink and to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:
1. Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
2. Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack
3. Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
4. Cancelling the plan to replace U.S.’s entire arsenal with enhanced weapons
5. Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals
6. Retracting the administration’s opposition to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
7. Reversing federal spending priorities and redirecting funds currently allocated to nuclear weapons and unwarranted military spending to support safe and resilient cities and meet human needs, July 2020Berkeley is also a part of Mayors for Peace, an organization consisting of more than 7,900 cities worldwide that advocates for the abolition of nuclear weapons.