Peace Gathering to Commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Friday, August 4 from 11:00 a.m. until 11:40 a.m.
In front of the building of the Consulate General of Japan in New York – 299 Park Avenue at 48th Street
Veterans for Peace-Chapter 34 (NYC), Brooklyn For Peace, Granny Peace Brigade, Pax Christi Metro New York, Peace Action New York State, Peace Boat US, and Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World invite you to this peaceful gathering in front of the Japanese Consulate.
72 years have passed since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It is estimated that the bombs 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 over 80 years old, and many of them are still suffering from terrible health issues. A coalition of citizens and peace activists will gather to honor the memory of those who lost their lives to the atomic bombings.
The coalition supports the commitment of the Japanese people to protect their peace constitution by retaining Article 9. It 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.
Article 9 of Japanese Constitution:
(1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
(2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.
Veterans for Peace Chapter 34 (NYC)
Brooklyn for Peace
Granny Peace Brigade
Pax Christi Metro New York
Peace Action Fund of New York State
Peace Boat US
Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
The Ribbon International
NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY
IANSA, International Action Network on Small Arms