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.
Thurs, 9/6 at 5:30 pm: New York Rise for Climate, Jobs, Justice, and Peace!
The weekend before the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, the Peoples Climate Movement will lead a nation-wide mobilization: Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. The first action will be on Thursday, September 6th, as New Yorkers gather in lower Manhattan (Battery Park) at 5:30 pm demanding immediate action from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and all elected officials.
BFP will be there to share our message: Climate change causes war, and war causes climate change!
March for our demands that city, state, and federal officials act now to:
**Plan urgently for just transition to 100% renewable energy
**Halt all fossil fuel infrastructure
**Make corporate polluters pay
**End war: War leads to climate change, and climate change leads to war!
For more info, and to volunteer with People’s Climate March/NYC to help in organizing and outreach:
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The assault on the Yemen port city Hodeida, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates with backing from the U.S., began over a week ago and is currently underway. Check out this recent report on Democracy Now.
Please sign this petition which urges Congressional reps to use all available means including invoking the War Powers Act to end the unconstitutional U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-UAE assault on Hodeida. Brooklyn Reps Clarke and Velazquez were among the 34 signers of a letter to this effect. While thanking them, we need to urge them to follow through. The other Brooklyn reps (Jeffries, Maloney, Nadler, and Donovan) have not signed. If you’re in their districts, ask them why not?
An Informative Evening With Author Partha Banerjee
Jun 1, 2018—
It was an evening to remember!
Dr. Partha Banerjee has just published a new book: “Music Box and Moonshine” and we gathered to hear him talk about it and then read one of the chapters. A lively conversation followed the reading.
The book is a collection of 18 short stories from the rich collection of literature originating in Bengal, India, Banerjee’s birthplace. This body of writing is largely unknown in the West and the book will be an eye-opener showing the high quality and depth of the writing from that part of the world. The stories that Dr. Banerjee selected and translated, shine a strong light on the great hardships that people of that land have suffered. These include famine, war, political upheavals and natural disasters. The reading was generously hosted by Jaki and Henry Florsheim in their building’s Media Room, a cozy little space that made for an intimate get-together. The evening was sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace. Partha Banerjee and his wife, Mukti, are long-standing members.
Our five working committees meet regularly to plan and carry out work for peace, social justice and international law. You can also help us build bridges of peace by participating in our ad hoc task forces activities.