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Letter about nuclear disarmament

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

As of July 2012 Mayors For Peace (MFP) had 5,296 member cities in 153 countries, including over half the world’s capital cities and 190 US members.

At the annual meeting in June the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) unanimously adopted the new MFP resolution. (Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede was one of 18 sponsoring the MFP resolution.)

The resolution includes “NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors reaffirms its call on the President of the United States to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Five-Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament forthwith, so that a Nuclear Weapon Convention or a comparable framework of mutually reinforcing legal instrument can be agreed upon and implemented by 2020;” and “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the U.S. Conference of Mayors call on Congress to terminate funding for modernization of nuclear warheads, delivery systems and production facilities...”

We should not accept spending on nuclear weapons that is anywhere even close to the “$A700 billion...over the next decade” as estimated by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and others.

On Feb. 8, 2012, Rep. Ed Markey introduced H.R. 3974 that would cut spending on modernization of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems by $100 billion over 10 years.

Call Rep. Tim Walz and request he cosponsor H. R. 3974 and call Senators Klobuchar and Franken and request they advocate for a similar bill in the Senate. You can reach them all through the Capitol operator, 1-866-220-0044.

Robert K Johnson

Harmony, MN

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