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Activists and writers including Noam Chomsky, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alice Walker, and Daniel Ellsberg have signed the Open Letter on this page -- to call for secure elections in the United States and steps to ease tensions between the United States and Russia in order to prevent a catastrophic conflict between the nuclear superpowers. If you agree, join them by signing below!
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Open Letter

Common Ground: For Secure Elections and True National Security

Many Americans remain deeply concerned about reports of Russian interference with the 2016 election. Meanwhile, relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest and most dangerous point in several decades. For the sake of democracy at home and true national security, we must reach common ground to safeguard common interests -- taking steps to protect the nation’s elections and to prevent war between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

Whatever the truth of varied charges that Russia interfered with the election, there should be no doubt that America’s digital-age infrastructure for the electoral process is in urgent need of protection. The overarching fact remains that the system is vulnerable to would-be hackers based anywhere. Solutions will require a much higher level of security for everything from voter-registration records to tabulation of ballots with verifiable paper trails. As a nation, we must fortify our election system against unlawful intrusions as well as official policies of voter suppression.

At the same time, the U.S. and Russian governments show numerous signs of being on a collision course. Diplomacy has given way to hostility and reciprocal consular expulsions, along with dozens of near-miss military encounters in Syria and in skies above Europe. Both sides are plunging ahead with major new weapons development programs. In contrast to prior eras, there is now an alarming lack of standard procedures to keep the armed forces of both countries in sufficient communication to prevent an escalation that could lead to conventional or even nuclear attack. These tensions are festering between two nations with large quantities of nuclear weapons on virtual hair-trigger alert; yet the current partisan fixations in Washington are ignoring the dangers to global stability and, ultimately, human survival.

The United States should implement a pronounced shift in approach toward Russia. No political advantage, real or imagined, could possibly compensate for the consequences if even a fraction of U.S. and Russian arsenals were to be utilized in a thermonuclear exchange. The tacit pretense that the worsening of U.S.-Russian relations does not worsen the odds of survival for the next generations is profoundly false. Concrete steps can and must be taken to ease tensions between the nuclear superpowers.

Signed by: Andrew Bacevich, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, Phyllis Bennis, Noam Chomsky, Stephen F. Cohen, John Dean, Phil Donahue, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg, Ambassador Jack F. Matlock Jr., Michael Moore, Walter Mosley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, John Nichols, Frances Fox Piven, Valerie Plame, Adolph Reed Jr., Governor Bill Richardson, Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, Norman Solomon, Gloria Steinem, Senator Adlai Stevenson III, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Alice Walker, Jody Williams, James Zogby 

(Signers have endorsed this Open Letter as individuals and not on behalf of any organization.)

1-25 of 40113 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
40113 3 seconds ago Tom E Apple Valley, CA
40112 17 seconds ago Marsha Collins Asheville, NC
40111 21 seconds ago Richard Horwege Norfolk, VA
40110 21 seconds ago Billy Bell CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO
40109 25 seconds ago Allan Rubin Philadelphia, PA
40108 25 seconds ago Chris Smith Denton, TX
40107 48 seconds ago George Ruiz San Carlos, CA
40106 1 minute ago Sam DiBrell Houston, TX
40105 1 minute ago Barbara Sambrano las vegas, NV Yes I will sign, just read Russian Roulette, by Korn, great book, its like reading a history book everything in this book, is coming to pass
40104 1 minute ago Helen Greer Tucson , AZ
40103 1 minute ago Anonymous Mesa, AZ We have to get to the bottom of this to protect our country.
40102 1 minute ago Darrell Bowles SUGAR LAND, TX
40101 1 minute ago Jean Tate Louisville , KY
40100 1 minute ago Christine Doyka Garberville , CA
40099 1 minute ago Patrick Douglas San Francisco, CA I only submitting this to say the biggest danger is corrupt politicians like the Clinton's manipulating elections. Paper ballots only.
40098 1 minute ago Sophia Boilesen Lincoln , NE
40097 1 minute ago Tom Schwegler Kansas City, MO
40096 2 minutes ago jacque vulcano boise, ID
40095 2 minutes ago Mary Johnston San Francisco, CA
40094 2 minutes ago Norman Lane Denver, CO
40093 2 minutes ago Dylan Jones Springfield, MA
40092 3 minutes ago Robert Pierson Philadelphia, PA Anyone who wants excellent background on the neo-fascist Russian regime, must read Timothy Snyder's 2018 book, The Road to Unfreedom. The situation is worst than you think.
40091 3 minutes ago Dat Tran Upper Darby, PA
40090 3 minutes ago Barbara Tripp Fort Collins, CO
40089 3 minutes ago Barbara Cheyney Mount Vernon , WA
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