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Record #: R2021-920   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 7/21/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action:
Title: Call for United States government to cease spending federal tax dollars on nuclear weapons, embrace United Nations Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and make global nuclear disarmament main focus of national security policy
Sponsors: Hadden, Maria E. , La Spata, Daniel , Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos
Attachments: 1. R2021-920.pdf

Chicago City Council July 21,2021


RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, nine nations together have over 13,000 nuclear weapons in their arsenals. The U.S. arsenal alone is 84,000 times more destructive than each of the bombs that killed over one hundred thousand in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945; and
WHEREAS, the use of even one of these weapons could have catastrophic human and environmental consequences that would affect all life on the planet; and
WHEREAS, as the effects of climate change place increased stress on communities in Chicago and around the world, intensifying the likelihood of conflict and the danger of nuclear war; and
WHEREAS, The United States' continued investment in nuclear weapons fails to address safety and security concerns of communities of color, both at home and abroad, while prioritizing security concerns of white Americans; and
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WHEREAS, Chicago residents contribute more than $500 million annually to nuclear weapons through Federal taxes; and
WHEREAS, The City of Chicago recognizes its historical role in contributing to nuclear weapons development in the first half of the twentieth century; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is now a Nuclear Weapon Free Zone and has recent precedent of opposing nuclear armament; and
WHEREAS, the City of Chicago seeks to support an alternative to the march towards nuclear war and recognizes the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons as such; and
WHEREAS, in January 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force as international law and the City of Chicago expects to be part ofa nation that embraces both the letter and the spirit of international law.
RESOLVED, BY THE CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL, We call upon the U.S. government to cease spending Chicagoans' Federal tax dollars on nuclear weapons, embrace the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and make global nuclear disarmament a centerpiece of our national security policy.
RESOLVED, We call upon the U.S. government to ...

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