2010 marks the 65 anniversary of these tragic bombings.
Date: Friday, August 6, 2010
Place: Downtown Hilo Post Office
On August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an uranium atomic bomb, nicked named “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9th, a plutonium atomic bomb, called “Fat Man” was dropped on the city of Nagasaki. Over 200,000 Japanese civilians– men, women, and children, died as a result of these bombings. Historians now say Japan had already made overtures to surrender, and these bombings did not end the war but were meant as a cold war statement to the Soviet Union that the U.S. would be the major global power following WWII.
Come and join in a commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to renew our commitment to global nuclear disarmament and No More War! War Never Again!
We live in a time of ongoing U.S. illegal, immoral, and unwinnable wars in the middle east. There is mounting evidence that U.S. depleted uranium radiation weapons used in Iraq and Afghanistan are causing increases in cancer, genetic damage and infant mortality. A July 2, 2010 press release issued by British Dr. Chris Busby, on a recently completed epidemiological study, was entitled “Genetic damage and health in Fallujah Iraq worse than Hiroshima.” Even U.S. troops are being affected. In addition to the destruction caused by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, there are increasing threats of a military attack (including the possible use of nuclear weapons) against Iran and North Korea. Such attacks must not be allowed to happen and the current wars must be stopped. War is not a way to end war. Peace and justice must become both the means used and the end sought in international relations.
While the Obama administration has submitted the START arms control treaty to the Senate for ratification, it also plans to spend $80 billion to sustain and modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. The U.S. routinely test fires nuclear missiles from Vandenberg Air Force base in California, over Hawaii into the Marshall Islands in the western Pacific. Two launches were conducted in June and another is planned for September. There is widespread radiation contamination from the nuclear weapon production system, including plutonium and depleted uranium radiation contamination in Hawaii from weapons testing and training. Instead of building more weapons of mass destruction, we need to abolish them. And we need to clean up the mess from the weapons already built.
Join the global call to Abolish Nuclear Weapons!
Hiroshima & Nagasaki –Never Again!
Join the Hilo Commemoration on August 6th
1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 30, 2010 – 463rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office