Peace Gathering to Commemorate 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Friday, August 5 at Noon
In front of the Consulate General of Japan in New York – 299 Park Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets)
A coalition of citizens and peace activists have organized a gathering in front of the building that houses the Consulate General of Japan in New York to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Participating organizations include Veterans for Peace-Chapter 34 (NYC), Pax Christi Metro NY, NYC War Resisters League, Ribbon International, Granny Peace Brigade, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Code Pink New York, Code Pink Long Island, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, NGO Committee on Disarmament Peace and Security, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, Occupy Bergen County, Peace Action Fund of New York State, World Can’t Wait, and Manhattan Project for a Nuclear World
71 years have passed since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is estimated that the bombs have killed 210,000 citizens by the end of 1945 and, over the years, have ruined the health of many of the survivors. The average age of the Hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, is now 80 years old, and many of them are still suffering from terrible health issues.
The coalition supports the commitment of the Japanese people to protect their peace constitution by retaining Article 9 and encourages them in their continued opposition to Japan’s reliance on the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the U.S. nuclear umbrella. The coalition’s conviction is that nuclear weapons must never be used again against any nation under any circumstances. The message of peace from Hibakusha to the people of the world is an appeal for all to realize a world free of nuclear weapons.
For more information, please visit the coalition’s Facebook event page.
Read about last year’s gathering here.