UNA-USA StratCom Resolution

From: Tim Rinne
April 2009

Dear Friends Who Want to Keep Space for Peace,

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) will be holding its 2009 National Convention in Washington, D.C. this coming June 12-14.

Seven UNA-USA Chapters and/or Divisions are co-sponsoring a resolution on the enhanced threat that U.S. Strategic Command near Omaha, Nebraska now constitutes to peace and international rule of law.  Specifically, the resolution addresses StratCom's new mission of offensively launching first-strike nuclear and conventional attacks, the command's ongoing pursuit of new generations of nuclear weapons, and its central role in militarily dominating outer space.

We have gathered support from UNA-USA chapters from Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, California and Montana, and intend to have a sizable contingent of delegates at the convention who will advocate for the resolution.  Passage of the resolution would oblige the national UNA-USA office to educate UNA-USA members -- as well as alert the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) -- about the menace StratCom now poses.  This educational campaign could be a critical first step toward starting to rein in StratCom's new-found war-making power.

The three Word documents are:

They explain in detail the danger StratCom now represents and, accordingly, the need for a resolution to start spotlighting this new threat.  Having the support of a established institution like the U.S. branch of the United Nations Association would, of course, be a huge boon to our organizing efforts -- and our ultimate goal of 'keeping space for peace.'

Please forward this message (with the supporting documents) to anyone you know who is a member of UNA-USA (or, for that matter, WFUNA) to alert them of the importance of supporting the StratCom resolution.  Ordinarily, each chapter or division sends a couple of delegates to the National Convention.  We want to make sure every one who attends the National Convention is apprised (and, if possible, supportive) of the resolution.

Thanks for your help.

Tim Rinne
Advisory Board Member,
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
State Coordinator, Nebraskans for Peace
Member, Nebraska Division UNA-USA

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