The Treaty To Ban The Bomb Takes Effect - Honolulu Civil Beat


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Helen Jaccard

Helen Jaccard is the project manager of the Golden Rule peace boat.


Great news: On Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, the United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into force.

Three and a half years ago, on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly approved the language of this treaty by a vote of 122 to 1.

The vote was a clear expression of the will of the world’s people and the treaty has now been ratified by 51 nations.

Under international law, nuclear weapons will join chemical weapons, biological weapons, cluster bombs and land mines as illegal weapons of mass destruction.

The Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat arrived in Hawaii on July 31, 2019 from San Diego, California. The 34-foot ketch, a project of Veterans For Peace, has now sailed to the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai to promote the treaty.

The crew of the Golden Rule has presented to over 100 audiences on those islands and on Molokai about the dangers of nuclear weapons.

The Golden Rule Project has been welcomed by the Hawaii Legislature and the governments of each of Hawaii’s four counties. Mahalo, Hawaii, for your aloha spirit.

The nuclear missile attack scare in the islands three years ago compelled many of the people of Hawaii to join worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.

On Nov. 6, 2019, Honolulu County passed a resolution to welcome the Golden Rule and to urge the U.S. government to ratify the treaty and to take other measures to bring us back from the brink of nuclear war.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons prohibits signatory countries from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, deploying, transporting, financing, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons and also from assisting or encouraging such acts.

The Golden Rule sails in the waters off Diamond Head last August. 

The Nuclear Ban Treaty is a milestone in the long march toward nuclear abolition. This is a moment to urge all the nuclear powers to sign the treaty and begin the process of the de-nuclearization of the world.

Nowhere is this more important than in the United States, which holds almost half of the world’s nuclear weapons.

None of the world’s nine nuclear-armed nations have yet signed on to the treaty.  These nuclear powers are in violation of the 50-year-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which requires them to negotiate in good faith to reduce and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons.

Instead, the United States and other nuclear powers are developing new generations of nuclear weapons, alarming many experts who believe the threat of nuclear war is greater than ever.

The United States government will spend over $1.7 trillion of our tax dollars over the next 30 years to “upgrade” its arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Powerful and influential corporations make billions of dollars from the nuclear programs and contribute to members of Congress, who vote to continue nuclear weapons production. These corporations make astronomical profits from weapons that would doom civilization.

Our nation can be a leader in the peace race, but only if our leaders hear a loud message from the people: Nuclear weapons are very dangerous for humanity and now they are also illegal.

We must have a future free of weapons of mass destruction. The United States must take immediate actions to stop the possibility of nuclear war and to show leadership in the worldwide effort to eliminate all nuclear weapons. The future of humanity hangs in the balance.

Political leaders need to hear from everyday people who are rightfully concerned about the very survival of human civilization. We must demand that the United States and all the nuclear powers sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and begin the de-nuclearization of the planet.

The International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its leadership in working to pass the treaty. Veterans For Peace and the Golden Rule Project were a part of that campaign and share in the Nobel Peace Prize.

Celebrate the nuclear weapons ban treaty and talk with friends, neighbors, relatives and your elected representatives about the treaty and the need to prevent the possibility of nuclear war.

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Helen Jaccard

Helen Jaccard is the project manager of the Golden Rule peace boat.


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You can make treaty after treaty and just one clown can change the world forever.  The only disincentive at this point is strength.  As many in this country want to become the friend of all and the giver of fairness, there are other forces in this world that are only looking for that weak link or moment.There are no safe zones in this world as long as human nature exist.  The human nature of man is exhibited everyday and too often it is not a pretty sight.The only nation to use "the bomb" has been the United States.  The purpose was to same lives, American lives, but had a catch 22 side as well, Japanese deaths.At that point in history if the United States had wished to be the ugly American many believe, it had the unbridled opportunity to dominate the world.  It did not.What came from "the bomb" has positioned the United States as the container of the nuclear war.  No treaty would or could do this, just strength or as it was call MAD, mutually assured destruction.  In this day and age anything less is destruction awaiting.

ndpndnt · 3 months ago

Humans are just Chimps with 21st century technology. Monkeys with modern brains. We grieve, are territorial, paranoid, commit infanticide, steal, kill our enemies, grieve for our losses. Yet we are different in some ways, unlike Chimps, Humans can be like killer viruses, in that they are the only two species to destroy there only home, there host (earth). BBC recently did a documentary, that talked about how humans have the traits encoded in there DNA to create an evolutionary dead end. We are obsessive about leaving are progeny to the 59th generation unspeakable wealth, by salacious, and unscrupulous means. Yet leaving those generations clean air, and a vibrant eco-system not so much. Same too with the "nuclear equation." Ignored for so long. Perhaps we need to revisit the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, ensure better safeguards, understand it's peaceful use better? Demand more from there overseers? To quote a great mathematician Jacob Branowski in Ascent of Man. "we must always remember that the real content of evolution (biological as well as cultural) is the elaboration of new behaviour."

Perseus · 3 months ago

May smooth persistent winds fill the sails of the Golden Rule's positive and informative voyage.

Joseppi · 3 months ago

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