City of Portland Passes Resolutions Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons and Supporting Diplomacy With Iran

Statement by PCP and member of Climate Action Team Catherine Thomasson

November 13, Portland City Council adopted two resolutions in support of peace and diplomacy. Introduced by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the first resolution puts Portland on record supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and calls for limitations in presidential control over launching nuclear weapons, no first use of nuclear weapons, no further buildup of these weapons and removing them from immediate launch. In addition, we have added our name and city to the international dialogue to promote abolition of nuclear weapons through the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The second resolution supports diplomacy, not war, with Iran. This resolution calls for 

  • reinstatement of the Iran Nuclear Treaty and other diplomatic actions to limit NW development and enhance regional stability, 
  • Support for federal legislation that prevents a US President from taking any military action against Iran without the debate and approval of the Congress. 
  • Support for he Iran Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act of 2007 prohibiting use of funds for any covert ation causing regime change in Iran in absence of an imminent threat in accordance with international law. 
  • Promote removal of all US imposed sanction on Iran
  • Continuing the work of AIFC and others to Establish the Portland-Shiraz Sister City Agreement. 

The resolutions were led by Oregon PSR and the American Iranian Friendship Council and supported by a broad coalition of community organizations including the Multnomah County Democrats.

Nuclear weapons resolution mirrored the Senate Joint Memorial act 5 of Oregon that was introduced by Tawna Sanchez. 

By adopting the resolution supporting the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Portland has joined about a dozen US cities and more than a hundred cities around the world to take a stand for nuclear disarmament. The resolution is based on Oregon’s Senate Joint Memorial 5 and acknowledges that Portland taxpayers are spending roughly $142,413,000 annually on nuclear weapons, money that could be better spent on healthcare, education, infrastructure, and the environment. It calls out the racial injustice and harm to human health that nuclear weapons have already caused from uranium mining on indigenous land, weapons testing in the Marshall Islands, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the contamination of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

I was proud to represent Multnomah Democrats along with Jason Allen in supporting these resolutions.

The resolutions were supported by the following organizations: American Iranian Friendship Council, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, 350PDX, American Friends Service Committee Oregon, APANO*, Augustana Lutheran Church, Coalition of Communities of Color*, Code Pink, COFA Alliance National Network (CANN)*, Columbia Riverkeeper*, Democratic Party of Multnomah County, Environmentalists Against War, Living Earth, Living Islands*, National Association of Atomic Veterans, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Peace Action Group, First Unitarian Church, Peace and Justice Works**, Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC), Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter, Soka-Gakkai USA*, Union of Concerned Scientists*, Unite Oregon, Verde*, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and more. (*nuclear weapons resolution only, **Iran resolution only)