Week of action report: Las Vegas
As part of our Week of Action for the No Soldier Left Behind campaign, and to follow up on our Nevada mobile’s work to highlight nuclear weapons, I organized local lobby meetings with Rep. Shelley Berkley’s staff and Sen. Harry Reid’s staff in Las Vegas. There are several groups in the Las Vegas area that work on nuclear weapons issues and ending the war in Iraq. I invited them to join the meetings so we’d all have a chance to discuss our concerns and illustrate that a broad spectrum of the community wants to see Congress acting on our behalf. Judy of Nevada Nuclear Waste Task Force, Megan of Nevada Desert Experience, activist Teresa, and April of Military Families Speak Out joined the meeting at Sen. Reid’s office, and Judy was able to come to the meeting at Rep. Berkley’s office as well.
I dropped off our Week of Action lobby packet, which contained summaries of comprehensive strategies to withdraw from Iraq while addressing economic, political, diplomatic, and humanitarian concerns. With Congress firmly saying no to Bush’s attempts to create new nuclear weapons, we highlighted the importance of beginning to reduce the US nuclear arsenal. And at Sen. Reid’s office, I dropped off the stack of petitions our organizers collected from around Las Vegas urging him as Senate Majority Leader to help the US play a leading role in the global elimination of nuclear weapons.