Mayors for Peace originated in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where thousands of people still suffer the devastating after-effects of radiation and the unfathomable emotional pain. Mayors for Peace offers cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition.
Nearly 66 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States government is investing billions of dollars in nuclear weapons, rebuilding its bomb-making facilities, including those in Los Alamos, Tennessee and Kansas City. It is also investing in improving nuclear weapons systems, including the Trident D-5 missile and B-61 gravity bomb. On top of that the Navy is planning the next generation ballistic missile submarine fleet that will cost nearly a $ trillion just to build.
At the same time cities and counties across the U.S. are cutting programs across the board in a desperate effort to balance their budgets. Health, education, parks, and other local government programs affecting both young and old are on the chopping block, while the Federal government wastes trillions of dollars on endless wars and nuclear weapons.
On June 20, 2011 the U.S. Conference of Mayors called on President Obama to work with leaders of other nuclear weapon states to eliminate nuclear weapons by 2020, and called on the U.S. Congress to cut funding for nuclear weapons and redirect those funds to meet the needs of cities.
This is a wake-up call to mayors of all cities to demand that the Federal government redirect our tax dollars to meet the needs of the people. Nuclear weapons certainly do not increase our security. Creating strong cities by meeting all the needs of the citizenry does. Mayors for Peace understands this.
How You Can Help
- First, learn more about Mayors for Peace (MFP) at their Website.
- Download public relations materials about MFP to present to your mayor from their Website (PDF documents at the upper left part of their homepage under the heading Public Relations Materials)
- Contact your mayor and request a meeting to present your invitation. Click here for a sample letter to the mayor you can use as a template for your own letter.
- Set a timeframe and deadlines. Try to set up a meeting with a goal of a committment to joining before August 6th. Let your mayor know that each mayor who joins between now and August 6th will get special recognition as one of the last 100 mayors to bring MFP to 5000.
- Gather a small group of constituents from your city to join you, particularly young people (college students).
- Be creative. Involve the media if possible. It was the presence of a Japanese TV crew plus a bunch of DePaul University students that helped to inspire Chicago’s Mayor Daley to join.
- Finally - Let us know what you're doing, and let us know if we can help you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.