No More Hiroshima's! No More Nagasaki's!
That is the demand each year as we organize commemorations of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, today and Sunday, marking the 70th anniversaries of the attacks. It's the demand used by our peace-loving friends in Japan who invite Peace Action to send representatives to speak at events in those beautiful cities every year.
Our activist network uses these commemorations to remind our neighbors that today nuclear weapons pose an ongoing and extreme threat. They are not an asset that deters attack, they are our greatest liability.
This year, our Political Director, Paul Kawika Martin and New Jersey Peace Action Executive Director, Madelyn Hoffman are doing the honors. In a statement from Hiroshima, Paul notes: “Here in Hiroshima, on the 70th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of this city and Nagasaki, we remember the hundreds of thousands of casualties caused by the most basic of nuclear weapon designs and know that we never want another populous to suffer from such a bomb. Even worse, today’s nuclear weapons are several to hundreds of times more destructive."
Nuclear arms have done nothing to deter Russian action in Ukraine, or defeat ISIS or al Qaeda, or advance any other national security priority. And, with instances of cyber attacks on the rise having nukes on a “launch on warning” status is gravely dangerous.
Instead, they directly compete with other funding priorities that actually contribute to our safety and rob our communities of needed investment in jobs and human needs.
The fact is, we have successfully reduced the number of nuclear weapons in the world with no negative consequence, but there are many more that can - and must - be eliminated.
So today, let’s recommit ourselves to 'No More Hiroshima’s! No More Nagasaki’s!'
Humbly for Peace,
P.S. - Here are some suggested actions you can take today.
1. Forward this email to your friends and family
3. Sign our petition asking President Obama to keep his promise to lead us to a future free from nuclear weapons.
Finally, some suggested reading: