Monday, June 1, 2015

TIME FOR A NUCLEAR BAN? On the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki

Summer 2015: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings
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Hiroshima: August 6 commemoration
Let's dedicate June, July, and August this year to recognizing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 2015) . . . 

 . . . AND let's do something about it: make a nuclear ban a reality.

 (If you know of an event that's not on the list, please add it as a comment to this blog below.)

If there's no event happening in your city -- why not organize one?

Detail of world map showing countries supporting nuclear ban.
(See live ICAN map for global view and latest updates.)

And here's the information on making a nuclear ban a reality.

As I write this, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVEN COUNTRIES have endorsed the pledge to "fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons."

Let's make the summer of 2015 the time when EVERY country gets on the map!


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Don't show up empty-handed on August6.
Ban nuclear weapons on the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

1945    Hiroshima    Nagasaki    2015

Under the shattered structures amidst the excruciating flames.
Parent left child, child left parent,
husband left wife, wife left husband.

Nowhere to escape to.
Figures fleeing in all directions.
This was the Atomic Bomb.

In the midst of this, how eerie--
Mothers' loving arms shielding their babies from death, dying themselves.
There were oh! so many.

From “Mother and Child”, 11th of The Hiroshima Panels by Maruki Iri and Toshi

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"It's not enough to remember this just once a year; it's not enough that we make a single book -- Hiroshima -- required reading, and never go beyond that. There should be a whole canon that people study progressively, year by year, to grasp and retain the horror of this."

(See FIRE AND BLAST: A Curriculum that Confronts Nuclear Danger?)

At the Peace and Planet nuclear disarmament events in New York in April, I heard Prof. Zia Mian challenge the audience to confront the fact that the promises that we have gotten to date from the US to eliminate nuclear weapons aren't being honored. We think we've made progress, but the truth is that we've FAILED.


In light of the upcoming review of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and the fact that organizations throughout the country and worldwide are organizing to press the U.S. to substantially reduce its stores of nuclear weapons, it seems like a good time to use social media to get EVERYONE on board!

(See 5 Ways YOU Can Make a Difference on #NoNukesTuesday )

The US Council of Mayors just met in San Francisco in June and adopted a strong position for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

(See US Mayors "Get It': The Nuclear Threat Must Be Stopped )

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