Update: The Oregon Senate Passed Senate Joint Memorial 5 on May 20th, thanks to everyone who contacted their Senators about this important bill. Now on to the House!
With the increasing war rhetoric coming out of the White House, now is the time to stand up to prevent nuclear war. On Monday, May 20th, Oregon’s State Senate is poised to vote on Senate Joint Memorial 5, which will put our state on record supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear War and urging congress to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war. We need your help: call your State Senator today to ensure this historic legislation passes the Senate. More than 25 organizations across the state are supporting this bill that would make us the second state in the US (after California) to join the growing global movement for nuclear disarmament.
Senate Joint Memorial 5 acknowledges that Oregon taxpayers are spending around $188 million annually on nuclear weapons, money that could be better spend on education, health care, infrastructure and the environment. It calls out the racial injustice and harms to human health that nuclear weapons have already caused from the mining of uranium on Native land to the testing of weapons on on the Marshall Islands to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It asserts that treaties and international agreements that are now being abandoned by the US administration such as the INF treaty and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (Iran Nuclear Deal) actually keep Oregonians safe. The bill supports federal legislation that would stop the President’s sole unchecked power to launch nuclear weapons, end nuclear first-strike, take nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert, stop wasteful spending on a new nuclear arms race, and lead negotiations with other nuclear armed states to eliminate nuclear weapons. The memorial also calls on the US government to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which is supported by the majority of the world’s nations.
Senate Joint Memorial 5 supporters gather at the Capitol after testifying at the Senate Rules Committee in April
Take Action: Call your State Senator today and ask them to vote yes on Senate Joint Memorial 5 when it comes to the Senate Floor on Monday, May 20th. (Look up your Senator's phone number here). Please email us to let us know you’ve made the call.
Sample script: Hi this is (your name) and I am a constituent of Senator ___________ from (your town). I am calling to urge the Senator to vote yes on Senate Joint Memorial 5 when it comes to the Senate Floor next Monday. I would like to see Oregon on record supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to urge congress to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war. This is important to me because ____________. Can I count on the Senator to vote yes on this memorial?
Thank you for taking action for a nuclear-free future!