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With radioactive "depleted uranium" artillery used by the U.S. in Iraq in 1991 and Bosnia in 1996, and by NATO in the Baltics in 1999 - with the Year 2000 turnover past, but the risk of glitches still very real - with India and Pakistan testing, then calling for meetings to abolish, nuclear weapons - with 62 generals and admirals warning of
accidents past and future if we don't abolish nuclear weapons - with the World Court decision that the threat or use of nuclear
weapons is illegal - with the United Nations debate
(introduced by Malaysia) about complete abolition of nuclear
weapons worldwide - with Japan abrogating its Peace Constitution - with the world's governments challenging the superpowers to live up to Article 6 of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty - with China, France, and Russia all proclaiming their theoretical desire for global elimination of nuclear weapons - with the public learning that the U.S. taxpayers spent $5.8 trillion on nuclear weapons by 2000 - with the Canberra Commission recommendations
on HOW to abolish nukes - there are very important pieces of legislation now in the U.S. Congress with profound international implications.
The "Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act" (HR-1826) was re-introduced
by DC's Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for the eighth time on March 29, 2007.
In past incarnations of the bill it has been co-sponsored or agreed with verbally in public forums by Representatives Lynn Woolsey, Fortney Pete Stark, John Lewis, Cynthia McKinney, Earl Hilliard, David Minge, James Oberstar, Charles Rangel, Albert Wynn, former California Representative Walter Tucker III, former Oregon Representative Elizabeth Furse. In past sessions of Congress the bill has been stuck in committees. We hope that this will be the session that it gets unlodged and sent to the floor of Congress for a vote. Please, if it makes sense to you, give it your active attention. It is undemocratic and suicidal to allow it to languish. As long as we tolerate arsenals of mass destruction, industrialists will keep cooking up new ways to kill efficiently (for example the
In addition to calling for a promise from our country that we'll
eliminate all our nuclear weapons if everyone else does, it also
promises U.S. citizens that the billions of dollars saved each
year should be redirected into helping the hardest-hit
communities clean up the radioactive mess and develop healthier
This is a popular idea. A poll in 1997 indicated 80% of the American public wants a world free of nuclear weapons.
This is the peace dividend. Please help keep the bill alive.
You Can Make A Crucial Difference.
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