Divest Philly from Nukes!
Cities across the U.S. are being deprived of vital funds as the result of
an inflated military budget that places war and militarism as higher
priorities than the true needs of communities and citizens. As a result, our communities are deprived of adequate funding for
life-affirming sectors, while billions of tax dollars are funneled
directly to weapons companies each year.
Following on the heels of Philadelphia's successful divestment from private prisons and gun manufacturers, we urge the Board of Pensions to pass a resolution divesting the city from nuclear weapons.
There are approximately 14,000 nuclear weapons in 9 countries, many of which can be launched and reach their targets within 45 minutes. An accidental missile launch could lead to the greatest global public health disaster in recorded history.
This past June, the city of Charlottesville, VA divested from the war machine! It's time for Philly to follow Charlottesville's lead and divest from nuclear weapons.