By now Participants in the Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up are on their way. Earlier this morning they met at the Lockheed-Martin facility in Sunnyvale, California, where the Trident II D-5 submarine launched ballistic missiles are assembled.
That facility, in a nondescript industrial area, produces the most destructive offensive weapon (when deployed with nuclear warheads) in any nation’s arsenal.
Twenty-four of these missiles, each armed with up to eight thermonuclear warheads, each warhead yielding up to 475 kilotons (the Hiroshima bomb was approximately 12 kt) of explosive force, are deployed in each of the 14 Trident submarines that patrol the oceans, ready to launch on the President’s command.
Do the math… a single Trident submarine is capable of incinerating millions of human beings, and leaving a swath of radiation and atmospheric effects that would cause even more death and suffering for generations to come!!!
The Trident missiles as well as the intercontinental ballistic missiles housed in underground silos scattered around the United States are all on constant alert status (also called launch on warning), ready to be launched within minutes of confirmation of the launch command. This policy is a dangerous relic of the Cold War, and greatly increases the risk of accidental nuclear war.
Many of us are unable to join today’s walk, although each of us can walk with the peace walkers in other ways. Among them is advocating for a world safe from the threat of nuclear war. There are a number of advocacy actions listed at The Nuclear Abolitionist on the right-hand column.
I invite you to go to The Nuclear Abolitionist each day of the walk (today through Wednesday) and choose one or two of these actions where you can send an email or make a phone call advocating for a specific issue intended to ultimately create a nuclear weapons free world.
The first advocacy action listed is one urging President Obama to take all U.S. nuclear weapons off alert status, thereby reducing the risk of accidental nuclear war.
The Walk for Nuclear Disarmament: From Lockheed to Lock-Up is an opportunity for all of us to walk together in the struggle to eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth, thereby reducing the greatest threat to the survival of future generations.
May our hopes, prayers and actions be with the walkers on their journey to Dublin, and may each step along the way be a step for peace as we disarm the collective violence in our hearts.
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