Coalition History


 
 WANW Coalition's first meeting with representatives from 17 organizations,  October 2016

WANW Coalition's first meeting with representatives from 17 organizations, October 2016

 
 

     Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (WANW) started in 2016. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility recognized that while there were many groups in WA State that worked on peace issues, there was little communication or collaboration between them. We knew that we would be much more powerful working together than alone. We also saw that to make a difference on this issue, we would need to expand beyond our existing networks.

       In October 2016, WANW  held our first meeting to discuss the vision and goals of an anti-nuclear weapons coalition. We decided at this first meeting, and have re-affirmed since, that our work should specifically focus on nuclear weapons, instead of militarism more broadly. We feel that while rampant militarism is a grave concern, nuclear weapons pose a unique and catastrophic humanitarian threat to our planet, and are therefore worth prioritizing. 

       Since then, our coalition has grown to include members in nearly every Congressional district in Washington. Our members are not just peace organizations, but also educators, labor groups, environmentalists, health experts, faith leaders, and more.

We hope you'll join us as we build this local movement to work towards a world without nuclear weapons! 

 
 

Our Achievements


1.

Influenced members of Congress to take further action through various activities: 

  • We have held meetings with every WA member of Congress or their staff in 2017 and 2018.
  • In 2017, we held 22 meetings with members of Congress or staff, and have held 24 meetings in 2018 so far (as of Aug 2018). 
  • We have generated thousands of constituent contacts (calls, emails, postcards) to our members of Congress, urging them to take specific actions against nuclear weapons.

These efforts have contributed to our members of Congress taking important public stances, including: 

 WPSR meets with Rep. DelBene in 2017, with coalition member and constituent Shirley Shimada, coordinator of From Hiroshima to Hope 

WPSR meets with Rep. DelBene in 2017, with coalition member and constituent Shirley Shimada, coordinator of From Hiroshima to Hope 

  • Representative Heck co-sponsoring the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act, H.R. 669 
  • Senator Cantwell introducing 4 nonproliferation amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act 
  • Senators Murray and Cantwell speaking out publicly against the President's 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and low-yield nuclear weapons 
  • Representative Smith speaking out against the Nuclear Posture Review, low yield nuclear weapons, and nuclear weapons spending 

 


    2.

    Passed resolutions throughout WA state: 

    (links to resolutions provided where available) 

    1. City of Olympia; Passed August 7th, 2018
      A Resolution in Support of the Elimination of All Nuclear Weapons, and Opposing the First Strike Authority of the President of the United States
    2. City of Spokane; Passed July 30th, 2018
      Nuclear-free community, support Ban Treaty, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Day
    3. Washington State Democrats: Two resolutions passed June 16th, 2018
      Restricting First Use
      Spending
    4. Washington State Democrats; Passed September 10th, 2017
      Restrict First Use of Nuclear Weapons and Require Congressional Approval
    5. Clallam County Democrats; Passed in October, 2017
    6. Jefferson County Democrats; Passed July 25th, 2017
      Restrict First Use of Nuclear Weapons and Require Congressional Approval
    7. Pierce County Democrats; Passed December 14th, 2017
    8. King County Metropolitan Club; Passed November, 2017
      Resolution Against the New Nuclear Arms Race
    9. 37th Legislative District Democrats; Passed October 9th, 2017
      Resolution Against the New Nuclear Arms Race
    10. 32nd District
      Resolution Against the New Nuclear Arms Race
    11. 27th District Democrats; Passed February 26th, 2018

    3.

    Held three nuclear weapons speaker trainings

    • Public training: August 2017 
    • Student training at the University of Washington: May 2018
    • Public training: June 2018 (pictured) 
     
      WANW Coalition  Nuclear Weapons Speaker Training held at Mount Baker on June 30th, 2018

    WANW Coalition Nuclear Weapons Speaker Training held at Mount Baker on June 30th, 2018


    4.

    Dozens of media pieces published

    A few examples: 


    5.

    Held dozens of educational events and presentations across the state, reaching thousands of individuals.

    A few examples: 

     Attendees at "WE CAN: Ban the Bomb" say 'Thank You!' to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their work to pass the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and to the 122 countries that voted in favor of the treaty. 

    Attendees at "WE CAN: Ban the Bomb" say 'Thank You!' to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for their work to pass the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and to the 122 countries that voted in favor of the treaty.