Few people know about the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). That’s why we gather on January 22,2021, to mark and to celebrate its entry into force. The treaty was approved at the United Nations in July 2017 by 122 nations. Ninety days ago, Honduras became the 50th nation to deposit its ratification at the United Nations, triggering an automatic entry into force this January 22nd. In addition to 51 countries that have ratified the treaty, 33 more have signed — a total of 84 countries agreeing to ban nuclear weapons. ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the treaty.
We will convene outside the Anthony J. Celebreeze Federal Building, 1240 E. 9th St., Cleveland.
11:30 am – Cleveland Catholic Worker will hold a prayer vigil.
12:00 pm – Cleveland Peace Action will hold a press conference to announce the treaty entering into force.
Our actions in Cleveland are among many dozens worldwide.
This day, we call attention to the threat of nuclear annihilation posed by the U.S. and other nuclear states. We call on Congress to initiate legislation leading to the U.S. signing the treaty and banning nuclear weapons for good.
· Nuclear weapons are a potentially catastrophic threat. Even a limited nuclear war could destroy civilization as we know it.
· Nuclear weapons, which must never be used, are quite costly, at a time when climate change and a pandemic strain our resources. The U.S. is in the early stages of a nuclear arsenal modernization, at a cost of One Trillion dollars.
Co-sponsoring organizations: InterReligiousTask Force on Central America (IRTF), Poor People’s Campaign Cleveland