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Now’s the Time to Take Action on CTBT!

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On Thursday, August  18th at 1:00 p.m., Georgia WAND’s Executive Director Bobbie Paul will lead a conference call to inform and organize the public around The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), a global ban on all nuclear weapons explosions on the earth’s surface, underwater and underground. Banning these test explosions drastically reduces any chances of developing new nuclear weapons technologies and programs.

The conference call, coordinated by Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World, is entitled “Training: Grasstops Organizing for the CTBT.” The focus of the conversation will be training the public on the strategy behind Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World’s statewide letter effort, as well as tips for building an impressive list of signers. Bobbie Paul, whose community organizing played an essential role in bringing Sen. Isakson on board with the New START Treaty, will share tips and best practices.

To get call info, RSVP to kheald@nuclearweaponsfree.org

Though the United States was the first country to sign the CTBT in 1996, it has since failed to ratify the treaty. The CTBT has now been signed by 182 nations and ratified by 153 including Russia and U.S. allies. The CTBT will not go into effect, however, until it is ratified by nine additional specific countries including the United States, China, India and Indonesia. U.S. ratification would spur these key counties to ratify and would reinforce the global taboo against nuclear testing (quoted from WAND.org).

To learn more about CTBT, click here to read about ongoing CTBT initiatives.

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