Yesterday we had a march to commemorate the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki sixty-one years ago. I was part of a coalition involving four other people representing a total of four local groups (PA, SPC, AFSC, CAN) who put the event together. Most of the others had been involved in the event for several years already -- the Syracuse Peace Counci has commemorated the event every year since the bombings. Since I was new I was a little worried that something I was responsible for would go drastically wrong, but luckily that wasn't the case. After the march three of us met with someone on staff for our local congressional representative (Jim Walsh) about why the US shouldn't attack Iran, but rather should pursue diplomacy. Here are some pictures from the march:
This is me talking to a local radio guy.
I bet this banner has been around for a while.
Here are some pictures of the parade and more awesome signs:
I helped to make two props for this event. One was a banner that says, "No Pre-emptive Strikes" and the other was this "Peace Dove". Unfortunately... my mom overheard someone on the sidewalk ask, "What's the goose for?"
Over 200,000 people died as a result of the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the vast majority of victims being women, children and elderly men, largely in horrific ways -- their hair falling out, skin melting off. The cities were reduced to charred shadows of buildings. Then why, we must ask, has our government continued its proliferation of nuclear weapons so that we now have 150,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs in our nuclear arsenal?