On April 16, the Newton City Council will vote on a resolution to lessen the risk of nuclear war called “Back From the Brink” . Please send an email to the City Clerk David Olson to express your support and he will forward it to Council members. The following is a sample message.

Dear City Councilors,

I am writing to express my strong support for Councilor Leary’s docketed item #78-19 on Preventing Nuclear War, which has been approved by the Programs and Services Committee and will be voted on at the City Council meeting on April 16.

Please stand up for Newton’s values and priorities by voting in favor of the resolution.

Thank you.

(Name, address)

The Newton City Council’s Programs and Services Committee passed the resolution, “Back From the Brink” presented by Newton Dialogues on Peace and War on April 3 (5 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain vote). It is scheduled for a full City Council vote on April 16.

Urging governments to recognize the dangers and cost of nuclear weapons and the need to eliminate them, this resolution has been endorsed locally by Green Newton and 350Mass Newton Node, and nationally by the US Conference of Mayors, CA State Legislature, 350.org (national), Friends of the Earth (national), Sierra Club of MA, Toxics – New England, Enviro Show MA, Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and other neighboring and nation-wide communities and environmental organizations.

It is one of the bills presently in the Massachusetts state legislature, and Rep. Jim McGovern is plans to bring it to the US Congress.

City Council’s Summary of Resolution language:

#78-19 Resolution to the federal government to adopt a new nuclear policy COUNCILOR LEARY requesting a Resolution to the federal government to freeze plans to spend over a trillion dollars rebuilding the US nuclear arsenal and instead to adopt a new nuclear policy based on the active pursuit of a verifiable, enforceable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.

Link to the text of the Resolution. If you have any questions about the resolution or this campaign, please contact Peter Barrer or Susan Mirsky.