The 13,850+ nuclear weapons in the world today pose an unacceptable threat to humanity. Even without a nuclear war, the development, testing, and possession of nuclear weapons cause unacceptable humanitarian and environmental harm. Recognizing this, 122 nations voted in July of 2017 at the United Nations to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The United States boycotted the treaty negotiations and plans to spend $1.2 trillion over the next decade on a vast nuclear weapons buildup which will further fuel a renewed global nuclear arms race.
We need a fundamentally different nuclear weapons policy. As concerned Americans, we the undersigned call on the Portland City Council to pass a resolution supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and urging Congress to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war. Cities would be the most impacted by a nuclear war, and Portland taxpayers are already spending $142,412,948 annually on nuclear weapons, money that could be better spent on housing, education, health care, and climate justice for our community. We urge you to step up as leaders for nuclear sanity and protect Portlanders from the harms of nuclear weapons and war.