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Nagasaki Day Observance and Philly Anti-War ‘REACH-OUT’ to Support the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
August 9, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic incineration of Hiroshima, the U.S. dropped its second nuclear bomb, code-named “Fat Man”, on Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 40,000 people, and thousands more from the delayed effects of radiation poisoning. Often called the “forgotten nuclear city”, Nagasaki, at the time, was the largest Christian population throughout all of Asia. Ground zero for the second bombing was the St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral.
The time has come to abolish nuclear nuclear weapons.
On July 7, 2017 –- following a decade of advocacy by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and its partners -– an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it.
The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March, June and July 2017, with the participation of more than 135 nations, as well as members of civil society. It opened for signature on 20 September 2017. It is permanent in nature, and will be legally binding on those nations that join it.
All nine nuclear armed nations abstained from the treaty’s adoption.
The United States along with Russia possesses 90% of existing nuclear weapons.
SUPPORT the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, http://www.icanw.org/the-treaty .
August 9, 4p.m., west side plaza Phila. City Hall, 15th & Market Sts. (City Hall side) Nagasaki Day ‘Reach-Out’ to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.
Endorsed by the PA Nuclear Ban Alliance [PNBA]. Other groups who wish to endorse the event, call or e-mail the Brandywine Peace Community, tele. 484-574-1148; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the first public demonstration in Philadelphia to support the UN Treaty.
After a solemn remembrance of the bombing of Nagasaki, including with readings, large banners, Hiroshima-Nagasaki pictorials, and bell-tolling, there will be a reading of appropriate sections of this visionary U.N. treaty.
Join the world’s fight against nuclear weapons! http://www.nuclearban.us/
“Therefore Choose Life, so that you and your children may live.”
– Book of Deuteronomy