Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions started in 2002 when a small group of concerned individals met around a kitchen table to discuss the significant change in U.S. nuclear policy expressed in the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). This entirely new nuclear doctrine contained three main points:
- Nuclear First Strike scenarios — the United States proposed preemptive nuclear first strikes against a nation or adversary in the absence of prior attack.
- Development of a new generation of “usable” nuclear weapons — This could fuel a renewed global nuclear arms race.
- Listing of the Axis of Evil Nations — seven nations were listed as the axis of evil, including our “friend” Russia. They included Russia, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and North Korea. Our concern is that this promotes the mindset of “enemies” necessary to justify perpetual war and preclude diplomacy as the primary means of resolving conflict.
While the above issues were instrumental in our formation, CPR recognized that what is really at risk is the very sustainability of our planet and global society. As such, we believe that what is essential is respect for nature, universal human rights, elimination of poverty and a culture of peace. CPR has endorsed The Earth Charter as a basic framework articulating these goals. Chartered by the 1987 United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development it sets forth a declaration of interdependence.
The goal of CPR is to provide information about, and promote a public dialogue on these and other important issues affecting our future. We genuinely believe that working together we can build a better world and we invite all to join in this process!