Peace and Justice Updates: August 5, 2020

Stop COVID Around the World
News reports indicate that the Senate plans to release an additional coronavirus relief package proposal in the next two weeks. Among the urgent priorities for this relief package is the provision of emergency international aid for countries struggling to manage the coronavirus. Experts in international assistance are calling for the U.S. to provide a minimum of $12 billion dollars in emergency international aid.

Tell Congress today: Provide emergency international assistance in the next relief bill to protect our vulnerable neighbors and to promote global resilience from this crisis.

Click here to sign the petition.

Stop Nuclear Destruction
August 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This horrible event destroyed more than 80,000 lives and marked the beginning of the nuclear age.

The production and testing of nuclear weapons in the United States and internationally continues to harm the health, environment, and cultures of communities around the world. The United States is poised to spend well over a trillion dollars over the next 30 years rebuilding its entire nuclear arsenal of bombs, missiles, bombers, and submarines, all while abandoning arms control treaties and stoking tensions between nuclear-armed states.

Make your voice heard for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Sign the Hibakusha Appeal here. 

Stop Gun Violence
This week marks one year since more than 30 people were gunned down in El Paso and Dayton, OH. Since that time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow a vote on the bipartisan universal background check legislation that passed the House of Representatives last year. And in the year since El Paso, the Senate has not passed other major gun safety legislation either — even as coronavirus quarantines put many abuse victims in lockdown with their abusers and domestic abuse advocates urged immediate action.

For tips on how you can work for safer gun laws, visit the Newtown Action Alliance by clicking here. 

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