Colorado Springs Action
Why the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban? Why today?
On July 7, 2017, 122 nations in the UN General Assembly signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. While this document bans nuclear weapons in theory, the U.S. and the other nuclear weapons states refused to sign, and many of the signatories are hesitating on ratifying this important treaty. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN –www.icanw.org), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Oct. 6, is urging citizens worldwide to collect signatures to share with their governments, to indicate support for this treaty and push for its ratification.
We in the local peace community are collecting signatures on the day originally designated as Armistice Day, when governments at the close of World War I hoped to put an end to war. The holiday was re-christened Veterans Day in 1954, but we hope to revitalize some of its earlier intent. Many peace groups are planning special activities for 11 a.m. on 11/11, and we say there’s no better effort than to help ICAN abolish nuclear weapons. Interested in learning more? Give us a call at (719) 389-0644.