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Viewpoint - July 31, 2020

Stepping back from the brink

Steps to reduce the risk of nuclear war

by Judy Adams and Richard Duda

On May 26, Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor joined Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and 44 other U.S. cities and signed a proclamation endorsing a call to reduce the risk of nuclear war. Entitled the "Back From The Brink Call to Prevent Nuclear War," the proclamation asks our nation's federal government to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by taking five concrete steps:

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Posted by Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:38 am

Thank you for bringing attention to this important issue. I'm grateful for Mayor Taylor's leadership and for all those who seek to reduce the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Posted by Craig Wiesner
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 11:14 am

Thank you Richard and Judy for sharing this proclamation and thank you to the mayors who have signed on. As someone who works in local government (the San Mateo County LGBTQ Commission), I know how important it is for local leaders to take stands on issues like this. Our voices make a difference! When our mayors and city councils, county boards of supervisors, state legislators listen to us, giving us all a place at the table, we can serve up some pretty good ideas at those tables. And, to quote Senator Elizabeth Warren (who may have gotten this quip from someone else), if you don't have a place at the table, you might just be on the menu!

Posted by Rabbi Amy Eilberg
a resident of another community
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Congratulations for this articulate and inspiring description of the "Back to the Brink" campaign. And kudos to Menlo Park for its visionary decision. May many more communities follow your lead.
Rabbi Amy Eilberg
Los Altos

Posted by Diana Gibson
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:03 pm

As a resident in Menlo Park for over 30 years, I am so proud that our mayor was the first bay area mayor to endorse this crucial call Back from the Brink! If national leaders do not lead this change, then starting from the ground up is the best way to move, and it roots the movement soundly in the people! I do not think anyone "wants" a nuclear war (and none of us would likely survive it), but we have become complacent with many dangerous policies. Back from the Brink is an excellent place to start! Go Menlo Park! And may other communities across the nation follow, until our national government is compelled to take these reasonable steps.

Posted by [email protected]
a resident of another community
on Aug 1, 2020 at 8:49 am

Thank you for bringing this critical issue to our attention. It is hard to understand why society complacently assumes that the 14,000 nuclear weapons in the world's arsenals (almost 6,000 in ours alone) will never be used, just because that has not yet happened.

Posted by Vera Michalchik
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2020 at 5:56 pm

So heartening to see leadership in an arena that, despite all the other challenges we now collectively face, still presents the ultimate existential threat to humanity. We must maintain our vigilance and concern about nuclear weapons and move to a planet fully disarmed. Thank you, Mayor Taylor.

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