This August 6th and 9th, the 66th anniversaries of U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during the ongoing catastrophic events in Fukishima, United For Peace and Justice are continueing its work to end the age of nuclear weaponry and to close what it calls the “evil twin,” the so-called “peaceful” and “green” nuclear plants that the umbrella organizations states “are desecrating the planet.”
Despite the world’s worst nuclear disaster in history continuing to unfold in Japan with its fallout reaching around the planet, and a season of United States several of America’s 104 nuclear plants threateneing citizens, nuclear apologists conitnue to espouse the virtues and needs for nuclear plants.
To help set the record straight about America’s nuclear threats, the national headquarters of United for Peace and Justice have issued a statement saying, “Let us use these August days of remembrance to continue our work in this third year of United for Peace & Justice’s Nuclear Free Future Month.”
“It’s time to end the toxic legacy of the nuclear age and the threats posed by the existence of nuclear weapons and their evil twins, the 442 ‘peaceful’ nuclear reactors desecrating our planet.”
“Let us use the tragic anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the month of August to expand our circles in order to put our planet on the path to sustainability, ending the nuclear scourge once and for all. Let us use this month to reach out and dialogue with people and organizations beyond the peace movement; to educate, to inspire courage and creativity, to illustrate the steps we can take toward abolition, and to build a powerful constituency for a Nuclear Free Future.”
UFPJ continues to serve as a network of hundreds of peace and justice organizations around the US and world. Together with other groups, it works to end war and oppression, shift resources toward human needs, protect the environment and promote sustainable alternatives.
The umbrella’s long-term goal is to grow a culture of justice, peace, equality, cooperation and respect.
It states that it values diversity and respects the earth, which is why it works to close nuclear power plants.
“Our main vehicle for coordinating activities and disseminating information is the United for Peace & Justice Nuclear Free Future web pages at www.nuclearfreefuture.org where you will find a variety of action ideas and educational resources.
UPFJ urges that the public endorse the Call to Action and post your plans for Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorials on its calendar.
“But please think outside the traditional bounds and plan and share additional educational events, and actions throughout the month of August.”
One way that UFPJ is encouraging locals to think outside the box this year is through the Mayors for Peace project on August 6th, as the eyes of the world turn to Hiroshima.
“This will be an especially poignant moment for the people of Japan as they suffer once again from nuclear disaster. In this highly charged setting, a new Mayor will deliver the annual Peace Declaration for the first time.”
The new President of Mayors for Peace is Mayor Kazumi Matsui.
UFPJ has issued an urgent special request: “Let us send him a powerful message of our solidarity with Hiroshima and Japan.”
“Let us help make it possible for him to announce on August 6th that Mayors for Peace has reached the milestone of 5000 cities representing over one billion people who are demanding the global elimination of nuclear weapons by 2020!”
For futher information, visit United For Peace and Justice Action Alert.