Today I set up a Greens stall at a Hiroshima Day remembrance rally held at Queen’s Park in the City. It was a good day and I met lots of fabulous people.
One speaker in particular that captured my attention was Daniele Viliunas who is the Queensland Co-ordinator for Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW). She spoke of the need for anti-nuclear activists to continue to work together as the debate is revisited and to respect those with differing views – that their humanity is just as important (but she said it much more eloquently and profoundly!).
The day also gave me the opportunity to hand out about 100 No Dams postcards. The postcards were well-received and the opinions of the people will hopefully land on the desks of politicians shortly. It’s great to give people an easy way to get their voices heard.
On August 6, 1945 the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by Enola Gay, a U.S. Air Force B-29 bomber which was altered specifically to hold the bomb, killing an estimated 200,000 people and heavily damaging 80% of the city. In the following months, an estimated 60,000 more people died from injuries or radiation poisoning. Since 1945, several thousand more hibakusha have died of illnesses caused by the bomb. Hiroshima’s government continues to advocate the abolition of nuclear weapons, and has advocated more broadly for world peace. They have written a letter of protest every time a nuclear weapon has been detonated anywhere in the world since 1968. From “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima”>Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshima