Drones and Nukes: Can We Have Both and Democracy?

Nebraskans for Peace Annual Lantern Float, Nagasaki Day
Northeast Side, Holmes Lake, August 9, 2013

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

“Peace with justice means pursuing the security of a world without nuclear weapons — no matter how distant that dream may be. . . . [E]ven as we remain vigilant about the threat of terrorism, we must move beyond a mindset of perpetual war. And in America, that means redoubling our efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo. It means tightly controlling our use of new technologies like drones.” Barak Obama, Brandenberg gate, Berlin, 2013.

Every year Nebraskans for Peace hosts an event to mark the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These events are held yearly to remind ourselves and the world of the horrific events set off by a U.S. foreign policy premised on nuclear terror. Each year we recommit to building a movement for a nuclear free world. Click HERE for more information about this year's Lantern Float!

In June, President Obama said, “so long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe.” Yet nuclear disarmament is not at the top of the U.S. foreign policy agenda.

Unfortunately, the administration has NOT yet agreed to:

  • participate in the first ever September 26, 2013 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament
  •  participate in the United Nations working group on achieving a world free of nuclear weapons
  • Or even endorse UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Five-Point Proposal on Nuclear Disarmament. 
It is way past time to take these simple practical steps.

Come out to the Lantern Float on Friday, August 9 at Holmes Lake and show your support for bringing nuclear disarmament to the forefront of our foreign policy agenda. Then contact President Obama to press the administration to act now for a nuclear free world.

Click HERE to add your name to the Peace Action petition to tell the president to negotiate nuclear weapons abolition.

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