Washington Against Nuclear Weapons envisions a future safe from the humanitarian, health, and environmental threats posed by nuclear weapons. We understand that the use of even one nuclear weapon would have disastrous consequences, and so we aim to ultimately abolish all nuclear weapons globally.
WANW is building a local movement against nuclear weapons through education, grassroots action, coalition-building, and direct advocacy.
2019 WANW Goals
Increase public visibility of Nuclear Weapons issues through media and community organizing
Expand and Strengthen the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons Coalition
Develop relationships with most directly impacted communities and build genuine solidarity with social justice movements
Launch and/or support grassroots campaigns that engage local activists, educate the public, and exert constituent pressure on members of Congress
Build campaigns to daylight the military industrial complex and target nuclear weapons system manufacturers in Washington State.
Our Core Messages
Nuclear weapons are immoral and inhumane, and should be eliminated.
The extreme humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons – felt disproportionately by our most vulnerable communities, including people of color and low-income populations – make it necessary to deem these weapons illegal internationally. We whole-heartedly support The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The nuclear weapons industry diverts desperately needed money from social programs.
The US government is set to spend $1.7 trillion over the next 30 years rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal and creating new nuclear weapons. Every nuclear weapon is a theft from our schools, our health, our environment, and our communities.
Nuclear weapons are dangerous, even if they are not used in combat.
The long history of accidents and near-misses involving nuclear weapons demonstrate this, as do the consequences of production, testing, and waste.
This is a local issue.
From the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the US located at Bangor, WA, to Hanford, the most contaminated nuclear site in the Western Hemisphere, to the poisonous remains of uranium mining on the Spokane Tribe of Indians Reservation, these are issues that all Washington residents should know about, and that all elected officials have a duty to address.