In May 2010 the United Nations will meet to review the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Trade unionists from around the world are urging that meeting to make a clear path towards abolition of nuclear weapons in the shortest possible time. We ask that:
- those countries which have not joined the NPT do so, and for all countries to comply with it in full;
- the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enter into force as soon as possible;
- there be an immediate start to and rapid progress on the Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty; and
- we ask for international agreements to support nuclear-weapon-free zones.
We support the actions of the “Mayors for Peace”, headed by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in calling for abolition of all nuclear weapons by 2020.
Production and maintenance of nuclear weapons, and military expenditure overall, cost more than one trillion dollars each year. We call for major reductions in military expenditure, to allow this money to be spent on social and economic development and fighting poverty.
We further ask that this transformation from military to peaceful expenditure be done in a way which protects the livelihoods of those who would be affected by it.
Petition endorsed by the following organizations:
- Minnesotans for Peace and Social Justice
- Concerned L.O.W.-Roseau County MNDFL Caucus
- Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council
- Lake-of-the-Woods Communist Club
- Iron Range Club, CPUSA
- Duluth-Superior Club, CPUSA
- Pine County Socialist Club
- Jacobson Community Club, CPUSA
- Hardwood Creek Trail Club, CPUSA
- Thief River Falls Political Affairs Discussion Club
- Barron Club, CPUSA
- Rusk County Neighbors for Peace
- Rhinelander Marxist Reading Circle
- Bayview Progressive Farmers & Homesteaders
- U.P. Club, CPUSA
- Crystal Falls Marxist Reader's Circle
- Republic Club, CPUSA
- Westside Club-Grand Rapids, CPUSA
- Detroit Marxist Study Circle
- Great Lakes Area Watermelons for Peace