Getting to Global Zero

Posted: November 8, 2009 in advocacy, change, news, nuclear disarmament, Two Futures Project

Last week I spoke for over an hour with Tyler Wigg Stevenson, the founder and director of the Two Futures Project (2FP). 2FP is a movement of American Christians for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. That sounds impossible, right? I will address that suspicion later this week, but for now, suffice it to say, that I think it is possible. It is in America’s best interests. It’s in the world’s best interest. It’s the only way to ensure some part of the world will not be devastated by a nuclear weapon, and I want to do all within my very limited power to eliminate all nuclear weapons everywhere. And you should too.

This is not a bi-partisan, non-partisan or post-partisan issue; it is simply human. A world free of nuclear weapons was the dream of Ronald Reagan and has been reaffirmed by Barack Obama. A non-nuclear world also enjoys the support of men and women across the political spectrum including George P. Schultz, Sam Nunn, Henry Kissinger and William Perry – all former Cold Warriors. These leaders have their own reasons for a world free of nuclear weapons, but I have my own. Throughout this week, I will highlight 4 reasons why you – and every Christian you know and worship with – should work for a world free of nuclear weapons.

However, before we dive into that, I want to tell you what to do before you fully know why you’re doing it. You’ll just have to trust me. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s effective. You won’t regret it.

This month, Two Future Project is drawing attention to the Global Security Priorities Resolution. This is a bipartisan bill that calls for reducing US and Russian nuclear arsenals to 1500 warheads per side – with the resulting savings split between efforts to combat nuclear terrorism and programs that encourage global child survival.

To succeed, the Global Security Priorities Resolution needs 25 Members of Congress to sign-on as co-sponsors. Last week each Member got a letter from the main sponsors, Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Dan Lungren (R-CA), asking that they join them. But so far, only 14 out of 435 have signed on! We need your voice.

This November, 2FP has put together a 4-part plan, which will take you about 15 per week. The first step (which began last week) is to send your elected representative this. Fill it in, send it on, get the word out to five or more friends.

For social media junkies like me, 2FP also asks that you Twitter like crazy. Here’s a sample tweet: @2FP is making a nuclear-free world my biggest priority for Nov. If you have 15 min., join me! http://twofuturesproject.org/november

If you’re not on Twitter, please periodically use this status for Facebook: The Two Futures Project is making a nuclear-free world my biggest priority this November.  It only takes 15 minutes a week to make a big difference.  Please join me: http://twofuturesproject.org/november

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