Sign the petition: Demand U.S. Federal Lawmakers pledge for global nuclear disarmament for the 75th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.
U.S. Federal Lawmakers
75 years ago, the two atomic bombs dropped on August 6th and 9th 1945 by U.S. forces totally destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant and killed and wounded hundreds of thousands of people. Those who narrowly survived soon collapsed one after another. For more than 70 years since then, the survivors, now known as Hibakusha, have struggled to live on, afflicted by delayed health and environmental effects, and by anxiety about the possible effects of radiation on their children and grandchildren. Never again can we allow such tragedies to be repeated.
After 11 years of suffering in silence, Hibakusha assembled in Nagasaki in August 1956 and founded Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations. There, survivors pledged to work to “save humanity from its crisis through the lessons learned from our experiences, while at the same time saving ourselves”, laying the groundwork for the Hibakusha Appeal.*
Now Americans must support the Hibakusha and over 10 million Japanese community members by calling on our U.S. federal government to work towards the elimination of all nuclear weapons as we fight for a livable future for all global communities.
Wars and conflicts are still going on in the world, and many innocent lives are lost. Nuclear weapons are being used to threaten others. There are also moves to develop new nuclear weapons. The destructive power of existing nuclear weapons, which number well over 10 thousand, amounts to that of tens of thousands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined. No person or government should be able to erase countless lives at the push of a button.
Join the global push for nuclear disarmament. Sign the petition: Pledge your support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha.
*NOTE:After the launch of the International Signature Campaign in April 2016, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on July 7, 2017. This Campaign now calls on all State Governments to join the Treaty and achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons. View the full petition and list of initial proposers of the Appeal here.
Beyond the Bomb
Union of Concerned Scientists
U.S. Federal Lawmakers
From: [Your Name]
As the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki approach, I am counting on you to listen to the voices of survivors and your constituents by pledging to eliminate all nuclear weapons.