On Saturday, August 6, we mark 71 years since the U.S. detonated the first of two nuclear bombs in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki on August 9 killed 200,000 people, mostly civilians.
The threat of nuclear war is still alive today. As this anniversary approaches, please write a letter to the editor urging your members of Congress to take steps to shrink the U.S. arsenal and decrease the chances of another Hiroshima.
What steps can Congress take?
- Oppose the administration’s proposal to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It would cost an estimated $1 trillion over 30 years and could kick off a new nuclear arms race to rival the Cold War.
- Support a “no first-use” policy. The U.S. should pledge not to begin a nuclear exchange.
Please write a letter to the editor today in support of a world free of the threat of nuclear war. Remember to include the names of your representative and senators to ensure that they see your letter.
Read more: Progress but an unfinished agenda on nuclear disarmament.
Speaking at the Hiroshima peace memorial in May, President Obama said, “The memory of the morning of August 6, 1945, must never fade. That memory allows us to fight complacency. It fuels our moral imagination. It allows us to change.” This anniversary can be an opportunity to remind our leaders of the need to change to reduce the likelihood of nuclear warfare.
Thank you for acting to advance peace.
P.S. Communities across the country will hold events to remember the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Find an event in your area and take copies of this flyer to share. For more on advocacy for a world free of nuclear weapons, see our July newsletter, “Nuclear Weapons: Progress but an Unfinished Agenda.”