1. Disarmament petition launched;
participation and help wanted!
Nuclear weapons are by far the most destructive kind of weapon. The
conscience of humanity recoils from them. Yet without a public registry
of resistance here in New Mexico, our stifled silence is taken as
enthusiastic support for these weapons and everything they stand for.
Why? Because 49% of U.S. nuclear weapons spending occurs in this
state, making nuclear weapons New Mexico’s largest industry in dollar
terms. They directly account for 6% of our state’s gross economic
product -- a fraction 20 times greater than in any other state. Those
of us who live here don’t need to imagine the political, moral, economic,
and social ramifications. We live with them every day. Given the worsening
facts on the ground, we need an enduring place to publicly register
a firm No!, not just to this or that manifestation or symptom, but
to nuclear weapons themselves. There will be no relief from the symptoms
-- no end to the nuclear dumping, no cleanup of old dump sites, no
economic or social renewal,
and no real national security -- until our political leaders clearly
understand that weapons of mass destruction are not legitimate in
this or any society.
But who are our political leaders?
Friend, that’s where you and I come in. If we want nuclear disarmament,
we must stand up and be counted. This petition, “New Mexicans Call
for Nuclear Disarmament,” (http://www.lasg.org/Campaigns/DisarmamentPetition2.htm)
is one place to do that.
You can sign up on-line, or print out a petition and mail it to us.
We especially seek endorsements from businesses, churches, nonprofit
organizations, and informal associations as well as from as many individuals
as possible. Don’t worry if signing seems like a trivially small act.
Do more, recruit more, but also do this. If we speak up, even by so
small an act as signing this petition, we will inspire others to do
so as well.
There are useful talking points in the accompanying brochure, <http://www.lasg.org/campaigns/DisarmamentBrochure.pdf>,
which you can print out yourself or request from us. This petition continues and extends the campaign
to halt nuclear waste disposal in northern New Mexico, already endorsed
by thousands of people and dozens of organizations (see <http://www.lasg.org/waste/area-g.htm>).
Please return all signed petitions to the main Study Group office
(2901 Summit Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106). Contact us for more
information, printed petitions, or brochures, to volunteer in this
campaign (YES!), to schedule a speaker for your organization, church
or school, or to help support this campaign financially or in other
If you want to help, call us at 505-265-1200 (our main office in
Albuquerque), or 505-795-8025 (our new Santa Fe office). We want to
talk to you!
If you are a scientist or engineer, you also may be interested in
signing the Scientist's and Engineers' Pledge to Renounce Weapons
of Mass Destruction, at <http://www.lasg.org/what/pledge.htm>.