Nuclear Working Group Celebrates Success at City Council

October 31, 2019

There were signs, rain, and delays, but at the end of the day, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed Resolution No. 190841, calling on the US Government to support the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The idea for putting forward the resolution came from Peter Lems, a member of Germantown Meeting’s Working Group to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and a Friend from Green Street Meeting. He and other members of the Working Group worked hard on it in cooperation with City Councilmember Helen Gym and her staff. She sponsored the resolution, and it was cosponsored by City Councilmembers Mark Squilla, Cindy Bass, and Derek Green. Yesterday, Ed Nakawatase and Peter testified before City Council in support of the resolution, and, to everyone’s delight, it passed unanimously to claps and cheers! This resolution puts Philadelphia in the company of three states, four major U.S. cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors– a growing list of supporters calling for abolishment of nuclear weapons. For more information on this worldwide campaign, go to To read Resolution 190841 and a list of endorsing organizations, open Resolution 10–31-2019 below.


Urging the United States of America’s federal government to enter the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for the abolition of nuclear weapons among all United Nations member states, to prevent the threat of nuclear war and devastating humanitarian consequences to Philadelphia and our international neighbors.

Click here to see Resolution 190841.