PEACE AND JUSTICE VIGIL, SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 NOON TO 1PM -- ELIMINATE THE NUCLEAR THREAT

The Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil, Saturday, August 7, 2021, noon to 1 P.M. at the corner of Main and Illinois Ave., Carbondale. The vigil will be followed by a BROWN BAG PICNIC IN THE PAVILION!!                   REMEMBER HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI:  ELIMINATE THE NUCLEAR THREAT NOW! --On the 76th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

While making his National Atomic Veteran’s Day proclamation, President Biden declared that “the horrors of nuclear destruction at Hiroshima and Nagasaki…opened our eyes to the truth that a nuclear war must never be fought.”  Unfortunately, his administration has done nothing to stop the modernization and replacement program for the U.S. nuclear arsenal, begun under Obama, which will cost more than $1.5 trillion dollars over 30 years. 

While we watch the ravages of climate chaos and a raging pandemic which will require the dedication of vastly more resources, we should take off the table the ongoing danger of hair- trigger nuclear weapons and the monetary and intellectual costs of modernizing these “never use weapons.”   Besides renewing the nuclear treaties that have been allowed to lapse or we have quit, we must also join the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) which entered into force on January 22, 2021, making it illegal to possess, use, and threaten to use nuclear weapons.

In September, we will host the Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace with a webinar presented by History Professor Peter Kuznick, founder and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University.  His topic will be "The Nuclear Insanity Is Worse than You Thought and Always Has Been.”

The vigil will be followed by a BROWN BAG PICNIC at the Pavilion, all are welcome, please bring your brown bag lunch and a chair!

The vigil will follow masking and physical distancing guidelines as updated by the state.  Please wear a mask.  Appropriate signs will be provided, but all are invited to bring their own.  The monthly meeting will be held on ZOOM on August 18, 6pm.  For information about joining, contact georgeannhartzog@gmail.com.