A new administration does not mean immediate or even guaranteed change to US nuclear policy. If we want safer nuclear strategies, we still have to fight for them. The president of the US, whoever that is, still has the sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon at any time, for any reason.
In the face of this threat, a reimagined anti-nuclear movement for the 21st century - led by young people and giving voice to those most impacted by nuclear violence - is rising.
WHY WE’RE FIGHTING TO END NUCLEAR VIOLENCE
Experts agree the risk of nuclear war is higher now than at any point in history. All it will take is one mistake, miscalculation, or moment of madness. We must back away from the brink.
The U.S. alone will spend at least $1.7 trillion dollars on nuclear weapons, lining the pockets of warmongers and profiteers. These taxpayer dollars must be diverted to the things that matter most: healthcare, education, safety nets and the environment.
The nuclear launch process is deeply anti-democratic. In the United States, the decision to end life on Earth as we know it rests exclusively in the hands of the President, whoever that is. There are zero checks and balances on this power.
Nuclear violence — and even the threat of it — reinforces oppressive systems of white supremacy and patriarchy. The nuclear system is built on the premise of “might makes right” and a desire for order that benefits the few at the expense of the many.
The use of even a single nuclear weapon anywhere in the world would be a humanitarian, environmental and economic catastrophe on a global scale. We can’t wait for nuclear weapons to be used before we act.
Nuclear weapons production, testing, and waste cause serious and lasting harm to vulnerable and marginalized communities. We cannot allow this profiteering to continue on the backs of Indigenous communities and people of color.
The nuclear system is designed to remove our agency. Elite gatekeepers confine the issue to war rooms, classified documents and “expert” discussions, telling us it’s too complicated, that they know better. It’s not and they don’t.
Nuclear weapons are the ultimate expression of how little we value the sanctity of human life and the health of the planet. The ability to destroy entire nations is an affront to universal values.
We are committed to building a diverse, vibrant movement to stop nuclear war and tear down the nuclear system. This includes taking sustained, strategic action that empowers activists to organize locally and build the political power we need to force elected officials to pick a side in this fight. We will raise up youth, women, and people of color to be the leaders of our movement to ensure our wins are victories for all.
We’ll use media to peel back the veil on the nuclear system. Our sharp media work will be used as a tool to both educate the public and hold politicians and corporations accountable for their actions.
We are stronger together – which is why Beyond the Bomb works to partner with sister movements fighting for justice nationally and believes we should listen and take leadership from communities most impacted by nuclear violence.
We will name the top nuclear hawks in Congress and educate voters on how their votes can shape a Congress that stands up for the people and gets us back on the pathway to zero chances of nuclear war.