We believe it’s imperative, particularly when the US government is running in high gear in its 30 year/$1 trillion nuclear weapons "modernization" program, to focus even greater efforts on nuclear abolition right here in our own front yard as we continue to work with others toward the same goal on a global basis.
Just 20 miles west of Seattle. and roughly 40 miles north of Tacoma, are Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and the Strategic Weapons Facility, Pacific (SWFPAC). Bangor is home port to 8 of the U.S. Navy's Trident nuclear submarines, each one carrying 24 Trident D-5 missiles, and each missile capable of carrying up to 8 nuclear armed warheads. SWFPAC is the Navy's nuclear weapons storage depot where the nuclear warheads are stored, maintained and prepared for deployment.
|Theresa Power-Drutis, who created our yard signs!|
The Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone is at the heart of our plan to magnify other nuclear abolition efforts including a campaign to stop the Navy from building a new $100 billion fleet of ballistic missile submarines, and the Mayors for Peace project.
We formally launched the Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone on April 26, 2011, on the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, with news conferences. Other work has taken precedence, and the Zone has languished a bit. Now, as we approach a new year (2017) and new administration, we are preparing to re-energize this project and use it as a vehicle to build awareness, educate people, and engage the public in the critical work of abolishing nuclear weapons.
Many people, as well as some organizations, have endorsed the PSNWFZ. We to welcome endorsements of individuals and organizations throughout Puget Sound, as well as throughout our nation and around the world. Go to the Declaration page to read the document and add your endorsement.
Watch our Home Page for Blog posts, announcements and ways we can work together toward a nuclear weapon free world beginning right here in our own front yard - Puget Sound!
Thanks and Peace,
Leonard Eiger, Coordinator, Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone