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Lobbying Against Nuclear Weapons | Lilly Adams, Counterpunch

by Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer for Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.

After living near Seattle for 18 years, I only found out a year ago that the largest concentration of nuclear weapons in the US is just 20 short miles from my home. Seattle is Ground Zero for a nuclear attack- how could my family and I not know?

Yet it makes sense, because policy decisions on nuclear weapons happen under the radar, without public debate. Today, the US has nearly 7,000 nuclear weapons, and we are rebuilding them to the tune of more than $1 trillion over the next 30 years. I’m determined to make my voice heard in opposing this, and help others do the same.

For many, “lobbying” is a dirty word. But I see a lobbyist simply as someone who tries to influence the position of an elected official. I use that title proudly, and I argue that we should all be citizen lobbyists on issues we care about.

This May, I went to DC with a small team from Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization, to lobby on nuclear weapons. We are not your typical lobbyists. We are all women, all 25 or younger, and we certainly weren’t throwing around big corporate money.

Read the whole story here: Lobbying Against Nuclear Weapons | Counterpunch

Three representatives of the Washington state delegation of Physicians for Social Responsibility at Rep. Suzan DelBene's office. From left to right: the people are Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer with WPSR), Emily Peterson (Climate and Health Program Coordinator for WPSR), and Jenny Chang (President of Global Zero, University of Washington). (Contributed photo)

Three representatives of the Washington state delegation of Physicians for Social Responsibility at Rep. Suzan DelBene’s office. From left to right: the people are Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer with WPSR), Emily Peterson (Climate and Health Program Coordinator for WPSR), and Jenny Chang (President of Global Zero, University of Washington). (Contributed photo)

Youth lobbyists attending DC Days, at the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility training day. (contributed photo)

Youth lobbyists attending DC Days, at the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility training day. (Contributed photo)

Rep. Ted Lieu, who introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act in the House. From left to right, the people are myself (Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer with WPSR), Jenny Chang (President of Global Zero, University of Washington), Congressman Ted Lieu, Emily Peterson (Climate and Health Program Coordinator for WPSR), and Elana Simon, Communications Manager for PSR). (Contributed photo

Rep. Ted Lieu, who introduced the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act in the House (center) poses with Lilly Adams, Security Program Organizer with WPSR, Jenny Chang, President of Global Zero, University of Washington, Congressman Ted Lieu, Emily Peterson, Climate and Health Program Coordinator for WPSR, and Elana Simon, Communications Manager for PSR. (Contributed photo)

 

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