Nuclear Disarmament & Public Health

Join Health Advocates All Across The Us By Endorsing The Back From The Brink Statement.

Image credit: Syracuse Peace Council


is a comprehensive plan outlining necessary policies to safeguard
the public from the risks of nuclear war.

(See the full statement here and FAQs here)

Abolishing nuclear weapons has been a core goal of PSR since our founding in 1961. We believe that physicians and other medical and healthcare professionals have a role to play in the prevention of nuclear war. Nuclear weapons perpetuate fundamental injustices and inequities within our communities and societies today. We use the Back from the Brink platform as a tool to communicate with legislators and the public about how to reduce and abolish nuclear weapons in five key steps, in addition to using diplomacy to reduce nuclear tensions.

We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

  • renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
  • ending the sole, unchecked authority of any president to launch a nuclear attack
  • taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
  • cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons
  • actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

Back from the Brink started here in Massachusetts in early 2017. Since then, many municipalities and organizations throughout Massachusetts have gotten on board. The municipalities in MA that have passed a Back from the Brink resolution include:


2020 Action
Arise for Social Justice
Badass Activists in the Pioneer Valley
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston University Advocacy Training Program at BU School of Medicine
Boston University Committee on Medical Student Affairs
Brookline PAX
City of Easthampton
Civil Society Institute
Climate Action Now (Western Mass)
Climate Action NOW Western Massachusetts
Congregation B’nai Israel
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
Edwards Church of Northampton
Elders Climate Action
First Congregational Church of Hatfield, United Church of Christ
First Congregational Church of Leverett, Massachusetts
Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution
Global Strategy of Nonviolence
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
Greater Springfield Campaign Nonviolence
Haydenville Congregational Church
Holy Cross Church JustFaith Community
Holyoke, MA
Immanuel Lutheran Church
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (U.S. Affliate)
Islamic Society of Boston
Justice Promoter, Sisters of St. Joseph
Mass Healthcare Providers for Clean Energy
Massachusetts Peace Action
The Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Milton Pediatrics
Newton Dems Executive Committee
Newton Dialogues on Peace and War
Nipponzan Myohoji, New England Peace Pagoda
North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice, MA
Northampton League of Conservation Voters
Northampton Neighbors, Northampton, MA
Pax Christi USA – Beverly, MA
Pax Christi Western Massachusetts
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Pioneer Valley Women’s March
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Prevent Nuclear War
Prosperity Candle
Rat Haus Reality Press
Sierra Club of Massachusetts
Smedley Butler Brigade, Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace
Students for Environmental Awareness in Medicine (SEAM), Harvard Medical School Chapter
The Enviro Show
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
The Social Justice Committee of Synagogues at the 384 Campus
United Church of Christ, Massachusetts Conference
Union of Concerned Scientists
Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence
Unitarian Society Of Northampton and Florence
Unitarian Universalist Association
West Cummington Congregational Church
White Rabbit Grove RDNA
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom