Declaration of Independence from Nuclear Weapons

This document was created in 1985 and is still an important and positive alternative to our current crisis.  May we all join in!

Dozens of persons (including me) signed this document on Fourth of July weekend of 1985 in a ceremony outside the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA.  Ten years later dozens more signed it in a renewal of the original ceremony.  MAY WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER IN AFFIRMING IT NOW, decades later!

Declaration of Independence from Nuclear Weapons

We are people living in the shadow of nuclear annihilation.

We recognize that our present way of life creates and perpetuates psychological and economic forces that fuel the arms race.

We understand that our national pursuit of increased material wealth for ourselves has led to global suffering and inequality; our determination to protect our style of living has led to a siege mentality within our country.

We reaffirm the equality and dignity of all peoples, and our common right to life and liberty, food, shelter and education.

We declare our intention to change our lives so that we no longer need nuclear weapons to defend ourselves.  We commit ourselves to the nonviolent struggle for peace and justice.  We will work to develop methods of nonviolent civilian defense to make all weapons obsolete.

We declare our interdependence with all living beings; therefore we declare our independence from nuclear weapons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About GlenAnderson 1513 Articles
Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org