Peace Gathering to Commemorate the 77th 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)
Seventy-seven years have passed since the US dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The bombs killed an estimated 210,000 people by the end of 1945. Over the years, the bombings have ruined the health of many of the survivors.
The average age of the hibakusha, or atomic bomb survivors, is now 84 years old. Many of them are still suffering from terrible health issues. To honor the memory of those who lost their lives to the atomic bombings, a coalition of concerned citizens and peace groups will gather in front of the Japan Consulate General in NYC.
Kunikazu Sakuma — Hiroshima survivor, chairperson of Hiroshima Hidankyo
Koichi Kawano — Nagasaki survivor, chairperson of the Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs (GENSUIKIN) (via message)
Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki — Founder and president, Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York
Representatives of various US groups
There will be musical performances by the NYC Metro Raging Grannies and the Filthy Rotten System Band.
Objectives of the Coalition
The coalition supports the commitment of the Japanese people to protect their peace constitution by retaining Article 9:
- 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.
- 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.
It encourages them in their continued opposition to Japan’s reliance on the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the U.S. nuclear umbrella.
It endorses their efforts to appeal to the Japanese government to play a leadership role in supporting, joining, and promoting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
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.
Brooklyn For Peace
Granny Peace Brigade
Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation of New York
Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World
Pax Christi New York State
Peace Action New York State
Veterans for Peace NYC Chapter 34
If you plan to attend, organizers ask that you please take a rapid COVID-19 test in the morning of August 5. If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, please stay home. Learn more about COVID-19 guidelines here.