You may not realize this yet, but April is kind of a big deal. In fact, decisions are being made this week that will shape nuclear weapons policy for years to come. So over the next few days, as the news unfolds, you can expect to hear from us a few more times. As one White House senior official recently put it: it’s “All Nukes, All the Time.”
So why are we emailing you now? Actually, today is the one-year anniversary of a remarkable speech President Obama gave in Prague on April 5th, 2009. Echoing the voices of Kennedy and Reagan, Pres. Obama gave what policy experts acknowledge to be one of the most important speeches on nuclear weapons in history — boldly endorsing a vision of disarmament: “I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
With the President returning to Prague later this week to sign a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), we encourage you to take the time to watch the speech or even read the transcript. You won’t regret it. Also, check out the links below for articles that about the New START treaty.
Nukes in the News
Here’s a fantastic piece on the morality of nuclear weapons and arms reductions from PBS Religion & Ethics. Do yourself a favor and read it: http://is.gd/b8Gvg
“Reform Movement Welcomes Nuclear Arms Treaty,” http://bit.ly/dhTjaQ
“Monks walk long way to share peace message at Portsmouth Library,” http://bit.ly/bGmclq
Op-ed by Adam Woods on New START treaty at Relevant Magazine’s ‘Reject Apathy blog: “Forging a New Start”