Tweet for a nuclear weapons ban

October 17, 2012

Aim: to provoke a foreign policy decision maker to tweet his or her view on a treaty banning nuclear weapons
  1. Target: Identify the Twitter account of a leading foreign policy decision maker in your country, such as the foreign minister, the prime minister, the president or the leader of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
  2. Connect: Hook up with at least five of your friends on Skype. Encourage them by saying that they’re about to change the foreign policy of their government.
  3. Frame: Formulate a question to the foreign policy decision makers you have identified. The question should relate to ICAN’s demand for a ban on nuclear weapons.
  4. Push: Circulate the tweet out to your contacts, journalists, bloggers, celebrities and Twitter talking heads. Inform them about the action and ask for help.
  5. Call: As the Twitter feed of the foreign policy maker is peppered with people asking him or her your question, call a journalist and inform him or her about the action.
  6. Be stubborn: Keep on pushing until the foreign policy maker responds to your question.



  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate