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November 5, 2001


Senator Paul Wellstone Fax: 202-224-8438

717 Hart SOB

Washington, D.C. 20510


Dear Senator Wellstone:


I was pleased to see that the Washington Times wrote about your legislation on behalf of homeless veterans ("Wellstone strikes back after his veterans bill stalls," November 2, 2001). A most worthy cause, particularly germaine to these times, when our country is once again creating veterans with a whole new batch of physical and psychological traumas, including, perhaps, depleted uranium. As a Minnesota mother whose daughter was in the Navy during the 1991 Gulf War, whose father fought in WW-II, and who has known many homeless veterans, I'm acutely concerned about veterans' rights. But I'm writing this letter on a different matter.


It's becoming obvious to us all, as the media broadcasts fears about nuclear power plant safety, missing uranium, etc., that the U.S. must develop a long-range strategy which will build a safer world for everyone. Stopping arms sales, converting from nuclear and fossil-fuel to renewable energy, and globally eliminating genocidal weapons are prerequisites to a safe society, along with addressing human needs such as health care, housing, food, and (where necessary) environmental restoration. Since the U.S. is First in using, stockpiling, and selling weapons, we must be the first to declare our intention to renounce such policies, and seek global agreement.


We believe that this session's bill in the House of Representatives, HR-2503, the "Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act," sets us on the first step in that direction. (See As you can see from the enclosure, many people join us in this plea: Please introduce HR-2503 into the Senate. I would like to meet with you to discuss this.


(The enclosed letter has not yet been sent to you, because of the September 11 attacks.)



Ellen Thomas

Executive Director







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September, 2001



Senator Paul Wellstone Fax: 202-224-8438

717 Hart SOB

Washington, D.C. 20510


Attention: Scheduler


Dear Senator Wellstone:


The co-signers of this letter (page 2) join me in asking you to introduce a Senate version of the bill, HR-2503, the "Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act,"


Last year one of your aides said that you would probably support Delegate Norton's "Nuclear Disarmament and Economic Conversion Act" if Jesse Helms weren't Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He said that you were concerned about veterans' issues, primarily, but might be convinced that this bill was worth co-introducing with other Senators. Jesse Helms is no longer Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. If we can tell other Senators that you will co-introduce with them, this will help us gain further support.


Recently one of your aides dismissed the idea ais "impractical." Why? 187 countries, including the U.S., promised in May, 2000, to abolish nuclear weapons, but haven't set a date. It is time to make it happen, to make global nuclear disarmament the LAW. Treaties aren't enforceable unless backed by national laws. National laws rarely happen without regional or local initiatives. We have proven that most people from every region of the country and the Earth favor global nuclear disarmament. This is do-able. It requires visionary thinking, a touch of faith, and a large portion of hope. What else is America about?


Let me explain how HR-2503 would work. It would be a statement to the world that the U.S. is serious about global nuclear disarmament. It is a promise that the U.S. will get rid of its nuclear weapons IF everyone else does; and will use the money saved to shut down and clean up the nuclear weapons industries, and to begin converting other war industries into something good for society. For example, instead of building missiles and bombs, factories could be retooled and people could be paid to mass-produce solar panels, windmills, hydrogen fuel cells ... an entirely new, massively profitable industry which can transform all our societies. No one need lose. HR-2503 is entirely a win-win idea.


I would like a personal meeting, as a fellow Minnesotan, to discuss this.



Ellen Thomas

Executive Director

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The following 70 groups and individuals agree with the September 2001 letter to Senator Wellstone:


Name / Organization / City/State/Country / Email Address / Website


The following 70 groups and individuals agree with the September 2001 letter to Senator Wellstone:

Name / Organization / City/State/Country / Email Address / Website


George Crocker, North American Water Office, Lake Elmo MN 55042,

Bruce A Drew, Prairie Island Coalition Steering Committee, Minneapolis MN 55410-1444 Phone: (612)927-5087, FAX: (978)945-5816,

John J. Neumaier, Ph.D., former President, Moorhead State University, Moorhead, MN and Sara Fletcher Luther, Ph.D., former Minnesota state legislator,

David Hartsough, PEACEWORKERS, San Francisco, CA 94117

James "Guin" McGuinness, Homeless Advocacy Task Force, Las Vegas, NV 89106

John Hallam, Friends of the Earth, Sydney, Australia,

John LaForge, Nukewatch, P.O. Box 649, Luck, WI 54853,

Carol Wolman, Nuclear Peace Action Group of Mendocino, CA,

Bill Smirnow, Nuclear Free New York, Huntington, New York,

Clive Fudge, several organizations, Norwich, England,

John Ragsdale, Retired Teacher, San Bernardino, CA 92404,

Sal Mangiagli, Board Member, Citizens Awareness Network,

Paula Elofson-Gardine, Environmental Information Network, Lakewood, CO, USA |

David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-2794 |

Michael J. Keegan, Coalition for a Nuclear Free Great Lakes, Monroe, MI 48161

Corrine Carey, Don't Waste Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI,

Keith Gunter, Citizens' Resistance at Fermi Two, Monroe, MI 48161

Vina Colley, (PRESS) Portsmouth/Piketon Residents for Environmental Safety and Security, Ohio,

Jennifer Olaranna Viereck, Healing Ourselves & Mother Earth, Tecopa CA 92389

Jenny Maxwell, West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Birmingham, UK |

Norm Cohen, UNPLUG Salem Campaign, Linwood, NJ 08221 and Coalition for Peace and Justice,

Owen Berio, Dawn Watch, Springdale WA, |

D.E. Massey, ABC Consultants, PO Box 820056, Houston, Tx 77281,

Reinard Knutsen, Shundahai Network, Nuclear Free Great Basin Campaign, PO Box 1115, Salt Lake City, UT 84110, (801) 359-2614,,

Rudy Stolfer, Walt Root's Quest for Peace, Washington, PA USA

Pat Birnie, Environmental Justice Action Group of Tucson, AZ,

Alice Slater, GRACE Public Fund, New York, NY 10010 |

John P. Shannon, Former Scientist for the Navy Nuclear Program,

Patricia Watson, Editor, Peacework, American Friends Service Committee, Cambridge, MA 02140,|

Mary Olson, Southeast Office Nuclear Information & Resource Service, Asheville, NC USA, |

Harry Rogers, Carolina Peace Resource Center, Columbia SC,

M. Lindsey Hagood, Standup For Democracy,Washington,DC,

Gregor, for Shundahai Network, Pahrump NV 89041 |

Molly Johnson, Grandmothers for Peace/San Luis Obispo County Chapter San Miguel, CA,

Carol Jahnkow, Peace Resource Center of San Diego,

Natalia Mironova, Movement for Nuclear Safety, Chelyabink, Russia, | |

Greg Wingard, Waste Action Project Seattle, WA, 98104-90832,

Ernest Goitein & Claire Feder, Californians for Radioactive Safeguards,

Laurence H. Ebersole, Writer/counselor/advocate, Seattle, Wa, 98105,

Rosalie Tyler Paul, Peace Action, Portland, ME, |

Joan Norman, Greenpeace, Save the Redwoods, Boycott the Gap, Peninsula Peace and Freedom Party, Sunnyvale, CA, 94087

Makoto KONDO, Associate Professor of GIFU UNIVERSITY (Constitutional Law), Gifu City, JAPAN,

Tatiana A. Kostanian, MHONA International,

Mitzi and Peter Bowman, Don't Waste Connecticut, New Haven Ct. USA

Shiva Shrestha, Save the World, Kathmandu, Nepal |

Tara Thornton, Military Toxics Project, Lewiston, Maine, |

Michael W. Stowell, Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Commission, Arcata, Ca. USA |

Alan Haber, Megiddo Project, Ann Arbor, Michigan,

Jim Schulman, Sustainable Community Initiatives, Washington, DC 20002,

Mavis Belisle, The Peace Farm, Panhandle TX 79068,

Susann M. Bradford, Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers, Missoula, Montana USA 59807 |

Bob Kinsey, Peace and Justice Task Force, Rocky Mountain Conference, United Church of Christ

Frank H. Lucido MD, member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Elizabeth McAllister, et al, Jonah House, Baltimore, MD, |

Irene Gale AM, Australian Peace Committee (South Australian Branch) , Adelaide SA 5000, Australia, |

Bob Darby, Food Not Bombs, Atlanta, GA,

Hiroko Shirai, Okayama Univercity, Japan (Biology) |

Philip & Phyllis Creighton, Science for Peace! Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

Cathy Gatling, Linden, VA 22642,

Kenny Freeman, Silver Spring, Maryland, US,

Tom Cloud, Calico Rock, Arkansas 72519,

Mike Stephens, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647

Mary Herzel, Harrisburg, PA,

Dan Behrens, Ottsville, PA 18942,

Cedar Dvorin, Alexandria, VA,

Patricia Ann Arnold and William C. Wardlaw III, Takoma Park, MD,

Steven Botscheller, Coconut Creek, Florida,

Ethel MacDonald, Missoula, Montana 59801,

Annie Wildwood, Cotati, CA,

[PSR/Atlanta is sending its own letter, a straightforward request for support. Tom Ferguson]

Russell & Sharon Hoffman, Carlsbad, CA,

J Truman, Director, Downwinders, --

Daniel Moss, Nuclear Free Australia, Melbourne,