Nuclear Remembrance & Action Week, Aug. 6-9

Peace & Planet — the Global Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just & Sustainable World — has called for actions and events around the world to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace & Planet will host an online database of such actions and events. Global Wave 2015, a project of Peace & Planet, has prepared a short Aug 6-9 action guide with suggested actions you could take. Please inform us of any actions/events organized in your town or by your organization. Send event/action notices to sofiawolman@gmail.com.

Nulear Disarmament Guidelines

Contents:

  1. Global Appeal (petition) for nuclear abolition
  2. Make an origami crane
  3. Actions for religious and faith-based communities
  4. Engage your legislator/parliamentarians
  5. Join the international fast for Aug. 6-9
  6. Engage your mayor — organize an event at city hall
  7. Involve peace, justice and environment constituencies
  8. Show a Nuclear disarmament film/video event
  9. Share your action

Global appeal (petition) for nuclear abolition

The Japan Council against Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) is circulating a Global Appeal for a Total Ban on Nuclear Weapons. Eight million people have signed so far. Help us get to 10 million endorsers by the end of Nuclear remembrance and action week.

Actions:

  • Sign the global appeal;
  • Organize signature gathering events in local shopping centers, market places, universities, work places, churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship;
  • Circulate the appeal to your social network.

Origami crane

It is believed that folding 1,000 origami cranes brings one a peaceful and healthy life. Following the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, origami crane folding became an action for peace and nuclear abolition, particularly for young people. This arose from the story of Sadako Sasaki, a child at the time of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Sadako contracted leukemia from the radioactive fallout. She tried to make 1,000 cranes but passed away before she could finish. Her classmates finished the 1,000 cranes for her, and then made crane making their message for peace. They raised funds for a memorial to Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Origami crane making is now taught in schools around the world.

Action: Organize a crane-making workshop at your local school, youth group, workplace or place of worship.

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Religious & faith-based communities

Religious and faith-based communities can reflect on the morality of nuclear weapons, the role that ethics can play to abolish nuclear weapons, and the peace-making power of religious leadership and action.

Actions:

  • Organize a special service at your church, mosque, synagogue, temple or other place of worship.
  • Organize an interfaith statement or a joint statement of religious leaders and parliamentarians in commemoration of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Engage your legislator/parliamentarians

Legislators play a key role in determining government policy regarding nuclear abolition. They are able to ask questions to which governments have to reply, propose motions, release joint statements and organize events. >

Over 800 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum have joined Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation & Disarmament (PNND) in order to enhance their impact globally. The Inter Parliamentary Union, a body of over 160 parliaments, has adopted a resolution by consensus calling on parliaments to work with governments to eliminate the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and negotiate a nuclear weapons convention.

Actions:

  • Invite your legislator/parliamentarian to join PNND and attend the 2015 PNND Assembly in Prague;
  • Ask your legislator/parliamentarian to ask a question in parliament, or submit a motion, commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and calling on the government to support the total abolition of nuclear weapons;
  • Organize a joint statement of religious leaders and parliamentarians in commemoration of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Resources:

Join the international fast for remembrance days

For four days, from Aug. 6-9, there will be a number of group fasts for nuclear abolition. Currently these are planned in Dijon-Valduc (Center for the Modernization of French Nuclear Weapons); Bordeaux-Mégajoule, (laser research center for perfecting new nuclear weapons); Büchel, Germany (NATO base where 20 nuclear weapons are stationed); London, United Kingdom; Livermore Lab, California (NIF laser for perfecting new nuclear weapons); Los Alamos, N.M. (laboratory for the modernization of U.S. nuclear weapons); and Kansas City, Mo. (National Nuclear Security Administration centre).

Action: Organize a four-day fast in your city center

Resource: International appeal of fasters commemorating the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

Engage your mayor and city council

Over 6,000 cities are members of Mayors for Peace, which is led by the mayor of Hiroshima. The Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign has projects which member cities can support, including "I was her age" and quot;Cities are not Targets."

Actions:

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Engaging peace, justice and environment constituencies

One of the missions of Peace & Planet is to broaden and deepen the connections between nuclear disarmament and other related issues and movements. This includes those against militarism and war, to reverse climate change and protect the environment, to move public spending from militaries to social and economic needs, to end poverty, and to support civil rights and end racism.

Actions:

Resource: International Peace Bureau, the international coalition of grass-roots peace and justice organizations, with a focus on disarmament for sustainable development.

Nuclear disarmament film/video event

Organize a nuclear disarmament film event. Documentaries include “” and “In my Lifetime.” Movies include “Thirteen Days” (based on the Cuban Missile Crisis), “Crimson Tide” and “The Peacemaker.”

Share your action

Send event/action notices to sofiawolman@gmail.com. Post your action on Facebook and share with www.facebook.com/globalwave2015.

For more information visit www.peaceandplanet.org< and www.gloalwave2015.org.

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