to formulate the will of the people
Hear ye, Hear ye
This is not a protest. This is not a call for a petition. This is a call to the people to express their will for the signing and ratifying of the United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons that has been negotiated in July 2017.
Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they are by far the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. The radiation and nuclear winter created by an exchange of fire is sure to terminate all life on earth.
Forty countries, including all nuclear powers and leading western democracies, are boycotting the negotiations and oppose the ban. The governments of those countries will not consult the people knowing the ban could receive overwhelming public support.
When we are denied the possibility to decide on such a crucial matter, we the people need to take responsibility to express our will in the most explicit and undeniable way so as to mandate, in our sovereign capacity, our public servants.
In 2003, we learned that millions of people marching and petitioning against the war in Iraq was not enough to stop it. Without any form of polling the whole population our public servants can always dismiss our protests and petitions as not representative of the collective will of the people.
Even though our government will not consult the people through a referendum it doesn’t mean that we cannot have one. At any time, we the people in our sovereign capacity can decide to organise a referendum with the modus operandi of our own choosing to formulate our will.
WEAR WHITE: We propose we show our vote by the way we dress.
From now until the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons is ratified by our government, we propose to wear white as an expression of our support for the ban.
When it becomes apparent that the majority of people wear white to express their support, the people will have successfully formulated their collective will. This allows them to exercise their sovereign authority and mandate their servant government to sign and ratify the nuclear ban.
PEACE is the responsibility of ALL OF US. WEAR WHITE to support the nuclear ban.
The Mother of all Causes
SAVING HUMANITY from nuclear extinction is the “Mother of all Causes”. The danger caused by nuclear weapons is very real and imminent and dwarfs in terms of emergency all the other dangers we face, including the much talked about climate change.
If we want a future for ourselves and our children we need to act immediately by urging our government to support the international ban of nuclear weapons.
If a nuclear catastrophe occurs, politicians and all those who are not strongly active to force their government to support the ban treaty will share the responsibility.
How to mandate our government and public servants?
In democracies, as in certain monarchies, the people are the sovereign and the government or the king are the servants of the people.
However, as individuals or groups we have no authority over our government. We gave the government the authority to administrate our commons, legislate and enforce the legislation. So as individuals we have to endure their legislation and authority.
The only time we can direct our government as sovereign is when we express our collective will.
It is done through elections and referendums.
But elections and referendums only occur every few years and they are only initiated by the government. Therefore our democracies are functioning as dictatorship most of the time as the people are almost never consulted.
There have been many forms of actions in the past to ask our governments to make certain decisions. But all those actions (protests, petitions etc.,) had no real power as they were not an expression of the collective will of the people.
The wear white action is a referendum initiated by the people where we vote, not by a show of hands like we normally do in an assembly, but by the way we dress. We wear white clothes or attributes to display our support for a nuclear ban.
If it appears a majority of people wear white to support the ban, the people will have successfully formulated their collective will. That gives this action real power, the power to exercise our collective sovereign authority and mandate our government.
How to activate the referendum?
The activation of a referendum is done by notifying the public that the referendum is taking place. The public notice of the referendum has been issued and needs to circulate and be displayed widely using any forms of media to reach the population.
What can I do?
1)You can participate in the referendum and wear white if you support the ban.
2) You can become active or be activated. You are activated if you decide to notify the members of your community and social network.
You can display the public notice on notice boards. Send it via email and social media or direct the people to the website wearwhite.org where it is displayed and available for printing as posters or leaflets.
3) You can become fully activated if you successfully activate other people.
4) You can visit wearwhite.org and Join our Facebook community to be inspired and inspire others.
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Albert Einstein
Countries who OPPOSE the negotiations: Albania, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Micronesia, Montenegro, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
Countries UNCLEAR about their stance on the ban: Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Finland, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Serbia, Sudan, Switzerland, Syria, Uzbekistan.