RESOLUTION of Councilor Sean M. Rose – That the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby call upon our federal leaders and our nation to make nuclear disarmament the centerpiece of our national security policy and join the global effort to prevent nuclear war, as outlined in the Back from the Brink campaign, by:
1) Renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first;
2) Establishing a system of checks and balances ensuring that the President of the United States no longer has the sole and unchecked authority to launch nuclear weapons;
3) Taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert;
4) Cancelling the plan to replace the entire United States nuclear arsenal with next-generation nuclear weapons; and
5) Actively pursuing a verifiable and multilateral agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate nuclear arsenals.
Further, that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby support the United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calls upon the United States federal government to join the treaty. Further, that the City Council of the City of Worcester does hereby authorize the passage of this resolution be considered by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for the ICAN Save Cities Campaign, joining cities from around the world in formally supporting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
(Tabled Under Privilege – Rose February 15, 2022 and Tabled Under Privilege – Petty March 1, 2022)
Mayor Petty read the item and recognized Councilor Russell and Councilor Rose, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor King, who moved to, “Request City Manager request City Solicitor provide City Council with a report concerning the protocols and procedures in place to allow City Council to weigh in on issues around federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as public safety entities.” (See Item #14b CC). Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Haxhiaj, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Russell for a second time, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty recognized Councilor Colorio, Councilor Mero-Carlson, Councilor Toomey and Councilor Bergman, who spoke concerning the item. Mayor Petty moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item.
Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 6 Yeas and 0 Nays
Yeas – Haxhiaj, King, Nguyen, Rivera, Rose, Petty
(Bergman, Colorio, Mero-Carlson, Toomey abstained, Russell present).