The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday honored survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings and unanimously approved a resolution which urges the U.S. to embrace the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The treaty calls for the implementation of policies such as ending the president’s sole authority to launch a nuclear attack and canceling U.S. plans to replace its entire nuclear arsenal with enhanced weapons.
The resolution was introduced by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin.
“For decades, you have worked at telling your stories so current and future generations truly understand the devastation caused by nuclear weapons,” Koretz told eight members of the American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors who attended the ceremony.
The L.A. resolution is part of a national campaign called “Back from the Brink,” and the U.S. Conference of Mayors voted in June to support a similar resolution.
The vote on L.A.’s resolution comes during a week of worldwide commemorations of the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II.
“Angelenos are sending a powerful message that emphasizes the value of diplomacy and human life, and calls out the current nuclear system as out of sync with American principles of democracy and justice,” said Yasmeen Silva, a representative of the organization Beyond the Bomb.
“With nuclear war only a tweet away, legislators across the country are showing the American public that they won’t stand idly by while their constituents are put in danger,” Silva said. “No choice carries greater consequences than the decision to use nuclear weapons. That power should not rest in the hands of any one person.”