Nuclear Disarmament

The danger of nuclear war is real and growing — we are marching to the brink of a catastrophe that threatens all of humanity. Maryland Peace Action supports “Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War” and is a member of Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland.

Back from the Brink is a national grassroots initiative seeking to fundamentally change U.S. nuclear weapons policy and lead us away from the dangerous path we are on. The Back from the Brink Call lays out five common-sense steps that the United States should take to reform its nuclear policy. We are asking individuals and organizations throughout Maryland to endorse The Call and build support for the U.S. government to adopt it as its highest national security priority. Join the effort and help build a safer world for our children to inherit. 

Back from the Brink Policy Goals

We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

Hiroshima, 1945
  • Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
  • Ending the sole, unchecked authority of any U.S. president to launch a nuclear attack
  • Taking U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
  • Cancelling the plan to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons
  • Actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

The Doomsday Clock

On January 23, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reset the “Doomsday Clock” to eleven seconds to midnight, the closest to midnight it has ever been in its 73 year history, representing how near these scientists believe the world is to apocalyptic destruction. 

We support the recent letter calling for an end to nuclear weapons. Now is the time to resist the likelihood of destruction of life on earth.

The Ribbon Project

The Ribbon Project, 1985: Time to Repeat it! See a video of the 1985 action here.

Thirty-five years ago, people all over the country created fabric panels, and then attached them to each other, creating a “ribbon” that was wrapped around the Pentagon and other locations throughout the nation.  We are repeating this successful project, although this time we will wrap the Capitol building.  But to do this, we need everyone to step up and create their very own panels, and then join with us in D.C.  on August 8, anniversary of the attack on Hiroshima.

Each panel will depict what we hold dear to our hearts and want to protect by abolishing nuclear weapons, ending wars and preserving the environment.  Our messages will express: “What I love and cannot bear to think of as being lost forever”

We invite you to participate in the ribbon project.  You can hold a workshop where people can join together to create their individual panels.  Or, you can make your own panel at home. Please consider helping.  To be able to wrap the Capitol, we will need 900 panels. Click here for additional information.