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Letters to leaders

It’s vital that we demonstrate to our leaders that there’s strong popular support for the abolition of nuclear weapons. One way to do this is to write letters to them. Below are some tips that will help you to become an effective letter writer. You may even wish to enclose a paper crane with your letter!

 

Steps
  • Determine who you want to write to: You could write to your president or prime minister, an opposition figure, your mayor or your local member of parliament. It might also be worthwhile contacting non-elected officials, such as church leaders or academics.
  • Find out about your leaders: It’s important that you know as much as possible about the leaders before drafting your letters. Have they ever said anything publicly about nuclear weapons? Based on their affiliation to a particular political party or organization, is it possible to predict some of their views?
  • Work out what you want from them: You should have a particular request. Make sure that this can be realistically fulfilled by the leader you are writing to: e.g. don’t ask a local mayor to sign a treaty. Also, make sure your requests haven’t already been fulfilled: e.g. don’t ask South Africa to dismantle its nuclear weapons – it has already done this!
  • Draft your letter: Your points should be clear, logical and well expressed. Don’t make the letter long if it doesn’t need to be, and be polite even if you strongly disagree with your leader’s views and actions. Below is a sample letter which you could tailor.
  • Send your letter: You could send the letter in hard form or by email. Make sure it’s correctly addressed and, if it’s in hard form, be sure to sign it. Then await a reply. Leaders receive a large volume of correspondence, so you should be prepared to wait several months for a reply!

 

Sample letter

Dear President,

I write to you because I am deeply concerned about the threat that nuclear weapons pose to our health, global security and human survival.

Most countries do not want nuclear weapons because they threaten rather than enhance national security. They also divert funds from education and health care.

I am a supporter of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which is calling on all nations to agree to a treaty banning nuclear weapons.

The overwhelming majority of countries want such a treaty. We have already outlawed landmines, chemical weapons and biological weapons. It is now time to ban the worst weapons of all. I urge you to do everything in your power to support the campaign.

Yours sincerely,


  • sheen

    «Si Gandhi y Martin Luther King hijo estuvieran vivos hoy, formarían parte de ICAN».

    Martin Sheen Actor y activista

  • bankimoon

    «Felicito a ICAN por trabajar con tanto compromiso y creatividad en pos de un mundo libre de armas nucleares».

    Ban Ki-moon Secretario General de la ONU

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • hansblix

    “I am proud to support the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.”

    Hans Blix Weapons inspector

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate



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