Take action for Yemen!
Recent news of the bombing in Yemen of a school bus filled with children is the latest horrific example of what is happening in Yemen, as U.S. support for the Saudi-led war there continues. In amazingly twisted logic, the U.S. claims it holds no responsibility because, it says,“the military doesn’t track the planes” after the U.S. gives them targeting data, bombs, and mid-air refueling. Let’s not remain silent! While this episode captures front page attention. take this opportunity to contact our elected representatives, urging them to speak out in Congress and to make a public statement acknowledging U.S. responsibility, and calling for Congress to end U.S. support for this war.
Sun Aug 19, 6:30 pm: Little Voices fromFukushima: Film-Screening
Sunday Aug 19, 6:30 pm: Little Voices from Fukushima: Film-Screening Location: Interference Archive, 314 7th St (between 4th and 5th Ave) Brooklyn 11215 Train: F/G to 4th Ave/9th St; D/R to 9th St; Co-Sponsors: Sloths Against Nuclear State (formerly Todos Somos Japon) and the Radiation Monitoring Project. See it on Facebook. The screening will be followed by a discussion and a short presentation about radiation monitoring efforts in the United States. Little Voices from Fukushima(2014, 119 minutes, dir: Hitomi Kamanaka) travels between Fukushima and post-Chernobyl (1986) Belarus. The film follows a group of mothers in Fukushima who formed a neighborhood association to share resources, support one another, and take action. Torn by living costs, husbands who do not share their perspectives on radiation, and neighbors who believe in government policy, the women share the common idea/conviction that the state will not protect them. It is the “little voices” of these women that rupture the everyday oppression that characterizes highly patriarchal, hyper-capitalist Japan, where the aftereffects of the 2011 nuclear disaster are ongoing and expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
August 9, 2018: 73rd anniversary of bombing of Nagasaki
73 Years After Second Nuclear Attack, Threat of Nuclear War Persists
While attention has been focused on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, it’s easy to forget that on August 9 a second nuclear bomb was used on Nagasaki. While an estimated 80,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed instantly in Hiroshima, another 70,000 were killed instantly (and without warning) in Nagasaki. Even if the use of the first bomb was considered justified as a way to bring the war to a rapid conclusion, (and this is subject to debate,) use of a second bomb was completely unnecessary and unacceptable. By December 1945 the death toll from both bombs had reached 200,000.
The letter appeals to Japan as well as to our own government to play a leadership role in signing, ratifying, and promoting the Treat on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2017 with support from 122 member states. As of now, 59 states have signed and 14 states have ratified the Treaty. See below for compete text of the letter.
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