US Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts Resolution Calling for Abolition of Nuclear Weapons
June 28, 2016
Mayors for Peace and 2020visioncampaign.org
At the close of its 84rd Annual Meeting, the United States Conference of Mayors, for the 11th consecutive year, adopted a resolution in support of Mayors for Peace, warning that "the nuclear-armed countries are edging ever closer to direct military confrontation in conflict zones around the world," and calling on the next US President "to pursue new diplomatic initiatives to lower tensions with Russia and China and to dramatically reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles."
US Conference of Mayors Unanimously Adopts
Resolution "Calling on the Next US President to Pursue
Diplomacy with Other Nuclear-Armed States;
Participate in Negotiations for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons;
Cut Nuclear Weapons Spending and Redirect Funds to Meet the Needs of Cities"
Sponsors include NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser,
Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola
Mayors for Peace and 2020visioncampaign.org
INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2016) – At the close of its 84rd Annual Meeting yesterday, the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), for the 11th consecutive year, adopted a strong resolution in support of Mayors for Peace, warning that "the nuclear-armed countries are edging ever closer to direct military confrontation in conflict zones around the world," and calling on the next President of the United States "to pursue new diplomatic initiatives to lower tensions with Russia and China and to dramatically reduce US and Russian nuclear stockpiles."
Cautioning that "more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, most orders of magnitude more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, 94% held by the United States and Russia, continue to pose an intolerable threat to cities and humanity," and that "the largest NATO war games in decades, involving 14,000 US troops, and activation of US missile defenses in Eastern Europe are fueling growing tensions between nuclear-armed giants," the USCM "calls on the next President of the United States, in good faith, to participate in or initiate . . . multilateral negotiations for the elimination of nuclear weapons as required by the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty."
The resolution commends President Obama for visiting Hiroshima and concluding negotiations with Iran, but notes that "the Obama Administration has laid the groundwork for the United States to spend one trillion dollars over the next three decades to maintain and modernize its nuclear bombs and warheads, production facilities, delivery systems, and command and control," and that "federal funds are desperately needed in our communities to build affordable housing, create jobs with livable wages, improve public transit, and develop sustainable energy sources."
The USCM "calls on the next President and Congress of the United States to reduce nuclear weapons spending to the minimum necessary to assure the safety and security of the existing weapons as they await disablement and dismantlement, and to redirect those funds to address the urgent needs of cities and rebuild our nation's crumbling infrastructure."
The USCM also "commends Mayor Denise Simmons and the Cambridge City Council for demonstrating bold leadership at the municipal level by unanimously deciding on April 2, 2016, to divest their one-billion-dollar city pension fund from all companies involved in production of nuclear weapons systems and in entities investing in such companies," and "congratulates Des Moines and its Mayor T.M. Franklin Cownie on Des Moines' appointment as Lead City for the US section of Mayors for Peace."
Mayors for Peace, an international organization, founded in 1982 and led by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, aims through its 2020 Vision Campaign to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020.
Mayors for Peace membership has grown by more than ten fold since 2003, as of June 1, 2016 counting 7,063 cities in 161 countries and regions including 207 US members, representing some one billion people, one-seventh of the world's population.
On June 22 in Des Moines, Mayor Frank Cownie formally agreed to serve as Lead City for the US section of Mayors for Peace.
Addressing the USCM International Affairs Committee on June 25, Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Secretary-General of Mayors for Peace, explained:
"One common challenge we face is that many countries continue to maintain that their national security depends on nuclear deterrence. Yet nuclear deterrence is based on mutual distrust and attempts to maintain peace through the threat of indiscriminate mass killings.
"Such a system cannot be sustainable. We must also note that nuclear weapons cannot offer any effective solutions to the global security challenges of the 21st century. They also consume budgetary and technological resources needed for economic development, including the welfare of the world's cities."
The USCM is the nonpartisan association of American cities with populations over 30,000. Resolutions adopted at annual meetings become its official policy. This year, for the first time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser added their names as co-sponsors of the Mayors for Peace resolution.
The full text of the resolution and list of 23 sponsors is posted at http://wslfweb.org/docs/MfP-USCM-res2016.pdf
Official version is available here.:
(scroll down to third resolution)
The 2016 Mayors for Peace USCM
Resolution Was Sponsored By:
T. M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa
Nan Whaley, Mayor of Dayton, Ohio
Joy Cooper, Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida
John Dickert, Mayor of Racine, Wisconsin
Roy Buol, Mayor of Dubuque, Iowa
Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas
Marcus Muhammad, Mayor of Benton Harbor, Michigan
Alex Morse, Mayor of Holyoke, Massachusettes
Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene, Oregon
Chris Koos, Mayor of Normal, Illinois
Laurel Lunt Prussing, Mayor of Urbana, Illinois
Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., Mayor of Easton, Pennsylvania
Geraldine Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida
Frank Ortis, Mayor of Pembroke Pines, Florida
Ardell F. Brede, Mayor of Rochester, Minnesota
Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia
Christopher L. Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento, California
Miguel A. Pulido, Mayor of Santa Ana, California
Charlie Hales, Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Patrick L. Wojahn, Mayor of College Park, Maryland
Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin
Denny Doyle, Mayor of Beaverton, Oregon
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, New York