WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP RID THE WORLD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

The first thing you can do is to sign on to our ad to remind people that these horrible weapons are still around and are still a disaster waiting to happen.

Did you know that the US is planning to spend $1.2 Trillion over the next 30 years to upgrade our nuclear arsenal? What if that money were spent on improving life rather than obliterating it?

One group of seven Catholic Plowshares heroes decided it was worth risking their lives and their freedom to call attention to the danger. On April 4, 2018, they entered the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia. Using hammers and their own blood, they took symbolic action to disarm the base and its weapons of mass destruction. 

We are running a full-page ad in the National Catholic Reporter highlighting what the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 have done and listing what each of us can do to rid the world of nuclear weapons. See our action sheet for more details and links.

The text of the ad appears below. Will you sign on to show your support for nuclear abolition, and make a donation to help us cover the publication cost?

We are requesting $25 for each individual signature and $50 for each organization. If you can add a little extra, we’ll meet our costs sooner. We are aiming for the February 7, 2020, edition, and NCR requires a full month of lead time, so please act now by signing on, making a donation, and spreading the word through your own networks.

To sign on, contribute online by December 31 or by mail by December 24. Here’s how:

To sign on with a donation, click the Donate button below and fill in the requested information, including how you want your (or your organization’s) name to appear in the ad. Then click “Donate Now” at the bottom of the screen.

If you pay by check, make it payable to Pax Christi Metro DC, with “NCR ad” in the memo line. Send it to PCMDCB, c/o Kurt Hansen, 6621 Struttmann Lane, Rockville, MD 20852, and again let us know how you want your name/s to appear in the ad.

Please, do this now. Then use the Facebook and Twitter links below to help spread the word. Thank you!

The text of the ad follows (click here to download it as a PDF file).

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP RID THE WORLD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

On April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., seven Catholic Plowshares activists entered the Trident nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, Georgia. Using hammers and their own blood, they took symbolic action to disarm the base and its weapons of mass destruction. For their courageous and nonviolent act to call attention to the evil of nuclear weapons, the activists faced up to 25 years in prison.

You may not feel called to enter a military base and beat the nuclear swords there into plowshares (Isaiah 2:4), but you can be still a voice for nuclear weapons abolition. Here are three things you can do today:

  • Read the compelling December 2014 statement of the Holy See, “Nuclear Disarmament: Time for Abolition” and share it with your faith community and others.
  • Endorse the Back from the Brink Campaign and urge your elected officials to enact its five commonsense reforms to U.S. nuclear policy.
  • Learn more about the Kings Bay 7 and contribute to the Kings Bay Plowshares Support Fund. 

As Pope Francis reiterated last November in Japan, even the possession of nuclear weapons is immoral. For more information on these actions, go to https://paxchristimdcb.org.