By Mark A Semet & Jenny Semet
Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, upon accepting the Nobel Peace prize on behalf of ICAN (The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) earlier this year made an observation on all the victims of that event. She said: “each person that day had a name, [and] each person was loved by someone”. (Bolten & Welty, Independence, Missouri talk, 4-28-18).
A Humanitarian Approach to Handling Nuclear Disarmament was a talk which included two speakers from ICAN who spoke on the subject of nuclear awareness and disarmament. The information was astounding as to the approach to the problem. One main theme was the recognition of the core belief of ICAN, that anyone can work to create change to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons worldwide.
The problem as Dr. Bolton may have alluded to in a statement is that “atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 people in 1945 alone. Those who survived…have suffered a wide spectrum of radiation related diseases including cancers, heart disease, and infertility. The health effects of the bombings have been passed down to children and grandchildren.” (Bolten & Welty, Independence, Missouri talk, 4-28-18).
Please join us at some or all of the PeaceWorks Memorial Day Rally, Die-in, & Civil Resistance for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Here’s the timeline:
–Park on Lydia (just south of Bannister & east of Troost) at 9:45 am for a short rally at 10 am at the boarded-up entry to Bannister Federal Complex (east of Troost and Lydia, on Bannister);
–Begin our 1-mile walk at 11am from Prospect (park on Prospect, just north of Mo. Hwy. 150) to the entry for the National Security Campus, 14510 Botts Rd.; and
–Join in the 11:30 am Rally, Die-in, and Civil Resistance at the entry to the new nuke-parts plant, the National Security Campus, where several persons will cross the property line and many will cheer them on. Our line-crossers, risking arrest, are Henry Stoever, Lu Mountenay, Tom Fox, and Brian Terrell. We’ll wrap up our events at about 12:30 pm.
Thanks for considering being part of this ninth annual Memorial Day witness for a nuke-free world! Contact person: Henry Stoever, 913-375-0045, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Photos by Mark A Semet & Asst., Jenny Semet