TIME TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS -- AUGUST EVENTS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3:  MONTHLY PEACE AND JUSTICE VIGIL, NOON—1 P.M. CORNER OF MAIN AND ILLINOIS AVE, CARBONDALE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4:  HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION, 5:30 P.M. Potluck, Program, Commemoration.  CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, 515 ORCHARD DR., CARBONDALE
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The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois will hold the Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil on Saturday, August 3, 2019, noon to 1 P.M. with the theme TIME TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  Appropriate signs will be provided, but all are invited to bring their own and the monthly meeting will follow the vigil at Cristaudo’s Café and Bakery.
The theme will be explored further on Sunday August 4 with a Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration, 5:30 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, 515 Orchard Dr., Carbondale. The Commemoration will begin with a potluck, to be followed by a presentation and discussion on the effort to abolish Nuclear Weapons, and a ceremony of remembrance. The event is free and open to the public. If you would like to help with set-up or program for the event, please contact Georgeann Hartzog, 521.4239 or ghartz@midwest.net.
Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Renata Dwan,  “has declared that the risk of nuclear weapons being used again is at its highest since World War II”, and notes that according to the Congressional Budget Office, “U.S. spending for nuclear warheads, delivery systems and supporting infrastructure over the 2019 – 2028 period is projected to cost $494 billion, for an average of nearly $50 billion a year”.
In speaking to the 2019 U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, President of Mayors for Peace, declared: “As mayors, you are working every day for the wellbeing of your citizens, but all your efforts could be for naught if nuclear weapons are used again. I would also like to point out that, while every one of the nuclear-armed states is spending billions of dollars to modernize and upgrade their arsenals, that money could be much more productively spent to meet the needs of cities and the people who live in them.”
The USCM adopted the Mayors for Peace resolution that “calls on all Presidential candidates to pledge, if elected, to reverse U.S. opposition to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to embrace its humanitarian values and goals”.  This call is one endorsed and supported by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois