On August 14, 2018, two member groups of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability were represented at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, and Rick Wayman, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, were invited to testify in support of Assembly Joint Resolution 33, a resolution in support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The resolution was introduce by Asm. Monique Limon, who represents Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The resolution, if passed by the Assembly and State Senate, “urges our federal leaders and our nation to embrace the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy.”
Physicians for Social Responsibility, another ANA member group, was represented by Dr. Bob Gould, who also spoke in favor of the resolution.
Speaking to the Assembly Public Safety Committee, Marylia Kelley said, “It is right…that my state is poised to take a principled position to help ensure that nuclear weapons are never again used, that the international TPNW [Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons] is supported, and that the elimination of nuclear weapons occurs at the earliest possible date.” Kelley’s full remarks are available here.
Rick Wayman said, “California has a long and proud history of setting positive legislative trends and kick-starting the process of change nationwide. … We must do everything in our power to eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us.” Wayman’s full comments are available here.
The resolution will now head to the floor of the full California Assembly for a vote.