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Physicians for Social Responsibility
Sacramento Chapter


Nuclear Weapons, War, and Militarism

Every year around the time of the anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945, respectively,  children in Sacramento, inspired by the story of Sadako and the Thousand Cranes, fold 1,000 paper cranes in memory of those who perished in these attacks and in the hope that nuclear weapons will never be used again. The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility urges you to help make this hope a reality by joining our 1,000 Call Campaign. Please contact your elected officials and urge them to openly advocate and do everything within their power to accomplish the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. We would appreciate your help in keeping track of how many contacts we’re making collectively by clicking on this link to complete a simple online form documenting your calls or other contacts. For talking points when you make your calls, see the bullet points below, and please also refer to the presentation made by PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston entitled The Imminent Threat of Nuclear War: and what we can do to prevent itat the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance at the Okinawan Cultural Center on Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Wailuku, Hawaii.

We’re very pleased to announce that since we started our 2018 1,000 Call Campaign, the California State Legislature passed two historic resolutions, AJR 30 and AJR 33, on August 28, 2018.  AJR 30 states that it’s the will of the California State Legislature that Congress revoke the power of the President of the United States to order a first strike nuclear attack. AJR 33 states that it’s also the will of the California Legislature that the United States join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, passed by a vote of 122-1 in the United Nations General Assembly in July of 2017.

Please help us build on the success of our 1,000 Call Campaign at the state level by contacting your federal elected officials and urging them to act in accordance with AJR 30 and AJR 33 by openly advocating and doing everything within their power to urgently revoke the power of the President to order a first strike nuclear attack and to ultimately accomplish the complete abolition of nuclear weapons. To help us keep track of how many contacts are actually being made, please log in your contacts on our 1,000 Call Campaign Database.

  • PSR/Sacramento supports two bills in Congress, S.200 in the Senate and H.R.669 in the House of Representatives, that would prohibit the President from initiating a first strike nuclear attack without first obtaining a declaration of war from Congress.
    • California Senator Dianne Feinstein is currently a cosponsor of S.200. California Senator Kamala Harris is not.
    • There are currently 20 U.S. Representatives from California who are cosponsors of H.R.669 but Sacramento Area Representatives Bera, Matsui,  and McClintock are not among them.
  • On July 7, 2017 122 countries meeting at a U.N. conference adopted a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that bans a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as “undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.” Please contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S Representative and ask them to openly endorse this treaty and to do everything within their power to ensure that the United States becomes a party to this treaty.
  • We support the 2015 Iran nuclear deal which has severely limited Iran’s nuclear program. Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to openly oppose Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
  • We support a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear threat. Contrary to statements made by Donald Trump following his meeting with Kim Jong Un in June, 2018, North Korea continues to develop nuclear missiles. Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to support a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear weapons issue and to do everything within their power to prevent President Donald Trump from launching a preemptive military strike against North Korea.

In addition to working on the issue of the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, PSR/Sacramento also works toward the elimination of war as anything other than a very last resort as a means of international conflict resolution. We oppose the diversion of vital resources toward war and preparation for war. We oppose the discredited concepts of “pre-emptive war” and the so-called “War on Terror.” It has been repeatedly shown throughout history that conventional military force is not only ineffective in halting terrorism, it breeds terror. We decry the unjust, unnecessary, and counter-productive attacks launched on Afghanistan and Iraq by the U.S. led coalition following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We mourn for the millions of innocent victims on all sides of these conflicts. (See the March 20, 2015 report, Body Count, released by PSR and IPPNW). We support working through the United Nations and the International Criminal Court to resolve international conflicts. We believe that the most effective way to reduce the threat of terrorism is to work through programs such as the United Nations Development Program to address the root causes of terrorism, including fostering humanitarian programs that address illiteracy, poverty, social injustice, and degradation of the environment; and promoting local public safety programs as well as international peace-keeping operations based upon intelligence sharing among democratic institutions operating within the rule of international law.