Whereas an alarming international political climate exists that make accidental or intentional nuclear war an increasing possibility;
Whereas any way in the world could escalate to a nuclear conflict;
Whereas the rights of life and liberty cannot be preserved in a nuclear war;
Whereas the arms race is draining the economic and moral strength of the entire world;
Whereas there are better possible futures for ourselves and our children than massive arms expenditures or nuclear holocaust;
Whereas an international nuclear freeze has gained widespread public support;
Therefore Be it Resolved that the Executive Director of TESOL be directed to write a letter addressed to the Heads of State of all those countries who are known to have a nuclear capability, with a copy to the Secretary General of the United Nations, strongly urging them, if they have not already done so, to take the following, immediate steps to freeze and reduce the arms race, promote international security, and develop ways to resolve conflict without war;
1. form international communications centers to assure communications during international crises;
2. pledge that they will not be the first to use nuclear weapons under any circumstances;
3. halt the funding of all nuclear weapons systems with the first strike capability; and
4. work constructively to achieve a worldwide, verifiable freeze followed by immediate reductions of nuclear weapons.
1984 TESOL Convention
Houston, Texas USA
Note: This member resolution was voted upon during the annual business meeting of the association in 1984. Resolutions passed at the annual business meetings of the membership are not official policy of the association. The resolutions need a vote of approval by the Board of Directors.