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File #: 18-0096R    Version: 0 Name: Request for Federal Action - Move Back From the Brink and Toward Nuclear Disarmament
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 8/6/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/6/2018
Enactment #:
Title: Request for Federal Action - Move Back From the Brink and Toward Nuclear Disarmament For the purpose of calling on Congress to act to move back from the brink of a policy that makes nuclear war more likely.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Mary Pat Clarke, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, Brandon M. Scott, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed, Edward Reisinger, Sharon Green Middleton
Indexes: Nuclear Disarmament, Request for Federal Action
Attachments: 1. 18-0096R~1st Reader, 2. Completed File_18-0096R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmembers Henry, Clarke, Cohen, Dorsey, Bullock, Burnett, Scott,
Middleton
At the request of: Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Request for Federal Action - Move Back From the Brink and Toward Nuclear Disarmament
For the purpose of calling on Congress to act to move back from the brink of a policy that makes nuclear war more likely.
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Whereas, the global nuclear arsenals contain some 15,000 nuclear weapons.

Whereas, the use of even a tiny fraction of these weapons poses an intolerable risk to human survival with the potential to cause worldwide climate disruption and global famine.

Whereas, a large scale nuclear war would kill hundreds of millions of people directly and cause unimaginable environmental damage, producing conditions wherein the vast majority of the human race would starve and humankind might possibly become extinct as a species.

Whereas, although deterrence is the principle argument to maintain these arsenals, there have been many occasions when nuclear-armed states have prepared to use these weapons, and war has been averted at the last minute. Nuclear weapons do not possess some magical quality that prevents their being used. As former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara said, speaking about the Cuban Missile Crisis, “In the end, we lucked out - it was luck that prevented nuclear war.” Our current nuclear policy is essentially the hope that our good luck lasts.

Whereas, the danger of nuclear war is growing as cli...

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