The United Nations-proposed Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons became international law on Jan. 22, and more than 50 nations have ratified it.

None of the nine nuclear powers, including the United States, has signed the treaty. Ours is one of the countries which has not openly advocated for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and we have not endorsed this treaty. There is a growing popular movement among all nations of the world, including the U.S., to commit to this. There are many good reasons why the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, was the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Please ask lawmakers to pledge to work for the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In Minnesota, Rep. Betty McCollum is our only current member of Congress who has signed the parliamentary pledge.

In a new era with COVID-19 still on the move, with climate change still pushing the outer limits of what we can expect from the Earth, and with growing concerns about racial and wealth disparities, we are in no shape to deal with the fallout of a nuclear disaster.

So, please urge our congressional Rep. Pete Stauber and our two U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith to sign the ICAN pledge and to work for the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in the United States.

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Nina Preheim


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