|In late July -- when a team of activists with RootsAction.org and the Institute for Public Accuracy went to Capitol Hill and hand-delivered a crucial book and letter to all 535 members of Congress -- it was the launch of a campaign to educate lawmakers and mobilize the grassroots to reduce the chances of nuclear war.
The book -- by Daniel Ellsberg -- is titled “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.” Ellsberg’s two-page letter that accompanied it summarizes what must be done to lessen the chances of a global nuclear holocaust.
Now, in less than a minute, you can send a prepared email to your senators and representative to make sure they’ve actually read Ellsberg’s letter. (You can read the full letter via a link at the bottom of this email under “Background.”)
In the letter, Ellsberg writes: “I am concerned that the public, most members of Congress, and possibly even high members of the Executive branch have remained in the dark, or in a state of denial, about the implications of rigorous studies by environmental scientists over the last dozen years. These confirm that using even a . . . [small] fraction of the existing U.S. or Russian nuclear weapons that are on high alert would bring about nuclear winter, leading to global famine and near extinction of humanity.”
Given what’s at stake, please click here and send a quick email to your senators and representative to make sure they actually read Ellsberg’s letter -- and to urge them to read his profoundly chilling book after carefully considering the key points in the letter.
“It is in the power of Congress to decouple the hair-trigger on our [nuclear weapons] system by defunding and dismantling the current land-based Minuteman missiles and rejecting funding for their proposed replacements,” Ellsberg points out. “The same holds for lower-yield weapons for first-use against Russia, on submarines or in Europe, which are detonators for escalation to nuclear winter.”
The dangers of a nuclear conflagration -- due to accident, error or miscalculation -- are all too real. Steps must be taken to reduce those dangers.
If this is important to you, please send a donation of whatever you can afford to help propel this campaign. Its resources were entirely depleted by the costs of the books, travel to Washington, and the hundreds of “people hours” involved with hand-delivering Ellsberg’s personalized letter and book to each member of the House and Senate.
Now, your contribution to a special fund -- being divided equally between RootsAction and the Institute for Public Accuracy -- will enable this campaign to move forward as we follow up with members of Congress and launch outreach to the public and media.
-- The RootsAction.org Team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Lila Garrett, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.
>> The Real News: “Daniel Ellsberg: Dismantle the American Doomsday Machine”
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>> The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner
>> Letter from Daniel Ellsberg to Members of Congress: July 22, 2019