Iraq Veterans Against the War!
Health Impacts of Depleted Uranium (DU)
“The Iraq war was never over for Iraqi civilians and US veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for veterans and Iraqis who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain US munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war…
One or our primary areas of focus has been research on the long-term health impacts of depleted uranium.
Since 2007, UN resolutions have included language affirming the need for research on the potential harmful effects of depleted uranium as well as the need for disclosure of where this weaponry has been used. The resolutions have been passed by the vast majority of the world’s nations, indicating a growing global concern. Unfortunately, each year the U.S. has isolated itself by opposing these resolutions, alongside only a few other countries. Help break the silence. Tell the US to stop opposing UN resolutions on depleted uranium. Sign the petition now
Toxic munitions in Iraq have created enclaves across the country in which entire generations of children are born with severe birth defects – most commonly cerebral palsy. Many of the mothers have been widowed by war and are struggle to care for children with special needs in a nation with poor access to medical care and very little support. One of the toxic munitions suspected of contributing to this incredible public health crisis is depleted uranium. In order to determine its impact and prevent this issue from continuing, more research with international oversight must be conducted, but the United States continually prevents this from happening. What could our government be hiding?
This petition could not be more timely. The Obama administration is attempting to justify military intervention in Iraq by claiming that it is on behalf of the human rights and right to self-determination of the people of Iraq. Meanwhile, on November 5, a new resolution on depleted uranium weaponry will be introduced to the United Nations General Assembly, and the US is likely to attempt to shut it down. The United States has a responsibility to support this resolution. Help break the silence on depleted uranium and stand up for the human rights of Iraqis in this time of crisis. Sign the petition now. Thank you for your commitment to this issue and for your ongoing support of our work.”
Iraq Veterans Against the War staff ( see ivaw.org)
The Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA), located in the center of Hawaii Island, is contaminated by DU munitions, and a burn pit of hazardous materials is located on the 133,000-acre base. Schofield Barracks on Oahu is contaminated with DU, and possibly other sites in Hawaii too. DU weapons have been used by the U.S. in several countries and in training in more than a dozen states.
Deal with DU in Iraq, Hawaii, etc.
1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, 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 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
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