Chesapeake PSR

Is there hope on nuclear weapons?

Peace and Social JusticeLydia SullivanComment

The danger of nuclear weapons is at the fore of international concern. On the 72nd anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, the movement to ban nuclear weapons and prevent nuclear first strikes is at high alert.

In early July, 122 nations signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The U.S. and the eight other nuclear-armed nations did not participate in the negotiations for the United Nations treaty that, when ratified, "binds signatories never to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess, stockpile, transfer, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons," wrote Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) President Gwen DuBois, MD, MPH, in a recent Baltimore Sun editorial. The treaty is a good start, said Dr. DuBois, who lobbied country delegations in New York before the historic vote. "Because of this treaty, there is hope."

Chesapeake PSR and other Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) chapters are educating health professionals, policymakers and the public about the dangers of nuclear war. Chesapeake PSR's Max Obuszewski organized two Baltimore events on the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. PSR's Ira Helfand, MD, wrote about the worsening nuclear threat, and Robert Dodge, MD, of PSR Los Angeles wrote that with the treaty vote, "there is hope that we will finally see the abolition of these most deadly weapons of mass destruction..." 

To get involved in our effort to ban nuclear weapons in the United States, please contact Tim Whitehouse at twhitehouse@psr.org.

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