Nuclear Free World Committee


The Nuclear Free World Committee, formerly Peace Action of Central New York, works to fulfill a vision of a world free from the threat of war and nuclear weapons, where resources are directed to human and environmental needs. We are an affiliate of Peace Action, the nation's largest grassroots peace and justice organization.

 

This year marks the 75th anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. On Thursday, August 6, we gathered on the steps of Syracuse City Hall to hear stories of people directly affected by nuclear weapons, testing, and misspent budget priorities; honor the activism over the years that has produced safeguards against nuclear war, and learn how we can build on our progress with the Back from the Brink campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Mayor Ben Walsh of Syracuse announced his endorsement of the Back from the Brink campaign, and Syracuse Common Councilor Joe Driscoll announced the forthcoming introduction of a Common Council resolution to endorse the campaign as well.

View the video of our Hiroshima Day 75th anniversary commemoration event here.

 

Hiroshima Day commemoration at Syracuse City Hall on Aug 6, 2020

 

 

Survivors of those attacks and of the next few decades of testing and nuclear weapons production are still here. But so are the weapons. While this anniversary is an appropriate time to acknowledge and mourn the loss of life our fellow Americans caused on that day, it is also an opportunity to look to the future.

That’s why SPC is proud to join with more than 100 other organizations worldwide to honor the survivors of the world’s most gruesome and deadly attack — and to embrace our role in ensuring these weapons are never used again. Visit https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/ to learn more about this global movement.

 

#stillhere graphic with paper cranes

 

One of the last projects local activist Peter Swords worked on was a video for Hiroshima Day with Don Hughes and Rashid Mamun. A little over 8 minutes long, it was part of a world wide internet event spanning several days and is a real gift.


Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War is a national grassroots initiative seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on. The Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations around the country to endorse The Call and build support for the U.S. government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join the effort and help build a safer world for our children to inherit.

We call on the United States 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 U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack

  3. Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert

  4. Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons

  5. Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

Many local faith groups and community organizations in Syracuse have endorsed the Back From the Brink campaign call:
  1. Syracuse Peace Council
  2. Nuclear Free World Committee of the Syracuse Peace Council
  3. All Saints Catholic Church
  4. Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE)
  5. Beyond War and Militarism, a joint committee of the Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition
  6. CNY National Organization for Women
  7. CNY Poor People's Campaign
  8. CNY Solidarity Coalition
  9. Eastwood Rotary
  10. Indivisible 13224
  11. May Memorial Unitarian Universalist
  12. St. Lucy's Catholic Church
  13. University United Methodist Church
  14. Veterans for Peace Chapter 51
Want to be the next local organization to endorse the call? Would you like a presentation to your group about the Back from the Brink campaign? Get in touch! Contact michaela@peacecouncil.net .
Action steps for ensuring we never again see a nuclear weapons disaster:
  • Ask your faith community or other organizations you are part of to consider endorsing "Back from the Brink."  Contact drswords@gmail.com or wyost@verizon.net for a presentation.
  • Contact your congressional representatives to urge the Trump Administration to immediately start negotiating an extension of the NEW Start Nuclear Arms Treaty.  This last remaining nuclear arms treaty between he U.S. and Russia is set to expire in February of 2021. See a sample letter here.

 

Previous Campaigns

2017 found us in a dismal legislative environment, with a very dangerous president. We're working to change that. Learn more.

1. Take Trump's finger off the nuclear trigger. Support the petition campaign urging our federal representatives to sign onto the Markey (S200) and Lieu (HR669) bill to require a declaration of war from Congress before nuclear weapons can be used first.

2. "Don't Bank on the Bomb" - National divestment campaign. Read more about local divestment action.

The Nuclear Free World Committee and the Syracuse Peace Council are also members of the Alliance for a Green Economy (AGREE), a statewide effort to shut down nuclear power plants and replace them with environmentally safer and greener energy sources, a 100% renewable energy supply.

Media

Watch video of our press conference to turn in 1000 signatures on the Markey-Lieu petition.
Read our
press release on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons).

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