(en) August 9th Washington-BAN DU commemorate Hiroshima/Nagas

International Action Center (iacenter@iacenter.org)
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 10:33:10 -0500


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In commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Demonstrate Saturday August 9th, 1997-Washington, DC Department of Energy at 1:00 PM (H Street and Vermont Ave. NW)

July 10, 1997 Dear Friend,

Each year on August 6th, the lessons of the horrendous atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are marked with activities of commemoration and protest. Despite the lessons of mass destruction and the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the threat of nuclear weapons, nuclear technology and nuclear waste is today larger than ever. New, dangerous weapons have been unleashed. In response we must rapidly mobilize and rebuild a world opposition to demand a nuclear free world.

Together with your help we can send a powerful message to the Pentagon. We are sending out this call for a rally and march in Washington DC on Saturday, August 9. We will gather at the Department of Energy 1:00 PM (H Street & Vermont Avenue NW).

Your support and participation can make the difference. Please do what you can to build this action; endorse the rally, spread the word to your contacts and participate. Help us raise the much needed funds to cover the costs of this rally. Join with youth, people from Native Nations, Gulf War veterans and their families and the survivors of nuclear bombing and testing to end these nuclear threats to our lives and our environment.

* BAN all DU weapons. A new generation of depleted uranium (DU) "conventional" weapons used extensively for the first time during the Gulf War scattered more than 600,000 pounds of radioactive waste throughout the Gulf region. Exposures to DU have been implicated in a variety of serious health conditions including cancer, leukemia, diminished immune response, kidney and liver disease and problems in reproductive organs. Today over 100,000 Gulf war veterans and many thousands more in Iraq are chronically ill with Gulf War Syndrome. Their symptoms closely match those caused by uranium poisoning. They face the same government denial, silence and lack of compensation that the atomic veterans suffered.

* Cancel the Cassini Space Probe. NASA plans to launch the Cassini Space Probe containing 72.3 pounds of plutonium to Saturn this October. This is the largest amount of plutonium ever used in space. An accident with plutonium risks radiating vast areas of the earth.

* Stop weapons development. Clean up all nuclear waste. In addition to the actual deployment of new nuclear weapons and technology in violation of international treaties and agreements , we face the massive ecological burden from half a century of nuclear arms production. There are over 1.25 billion pounds of nuclear waste in the U.S. alone, 70% is on Native lands.

The cost of continuing escalation of weapons production and military occupation is at the expense of every needed domestic program. U.S. troops are today stationed in 100 countries world-wide, while Pentagon think-tanks plan new scenarios for nuclear confrontations. We need jobs, health care and schools - not nuclear threats, racism and war.

On August 9 in commemoration of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, we urge you to join with * Youth who see their futures threatened by the radioactive contamination of the environment * Gulf war veterans who have become chronically ill with Gulf War Syndrome and who call for a ban on these new DU weapons, for compensation, and full health care * Native peoples who say no to the mining and the dumping of nuclear wastes on their lands * Activists who oppose UN starvation sanctions and US depleted uranium radiation poisoning in Iraq * Workers in nuclear production, testing and storage facilities and 'Down-winders' whose lives and communities have been destroyed * All people who have seen their health and social programs cut in order to feed the war machine * Atomic bomb survivors from Japan and radiation survivors from the U.S. demanding a ban all nuclear weapons, other weapons of mass destruction and end all testing.

Come to Washington on August 9th for the 1:00pm and/ or raise these important issues in your local Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Day activities.

For more information, to get involved, or to endorse the rally contact: International Action Center 39 West 14th St. Room #206, NY, NY 10011 Ph: (212) 633-6646, Fx: (212) 633-2889 email: iacenter@iacenter.org

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee C/O Gray Panthers of Metro Washington 711 8th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 Ph: (703) 222-7570, Fx: (703) 222-9196 with your endorsement.

Let's join together to build a nuclear free future.

Initiative Endorsed by: Alliance of Atomic Vets, All People's Congress, Baltimore Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Committee, Citizen Soldier, Committee for a Nuclear Free Staten Island, Concerned Relatives of Cancer Study Patients, CREA Conversion for Reclaiming Earth in the Americas, Enviro Video, Gray Panthers, HIDANKYO Japanese Confederation of A & H Bomb Sufferers Organization, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee, Jonah House, International Action Center, LOVEARTH, National Committee of Radiation Victims, National People's Campaign, Nuclear Information Resource Service, Peace Action, Piscataway Indian Nation, Proposition 1 Committee, Shundahai Network, Union of American Hebrew Congregations, Veterans for Peace, War Resister's League, Ward Valley Coalition, Washington Peace Center, WESPAC, Women for Mutual Security, Women Strike For Peace

Tax-deductible donations for this anti-nuclear campaign can be sent to: People's Rights Fund/ DU Education Project at 39 West 14th St. Room #206, NY, NY 10011. Call (212) 633-6646 for more information.

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