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WE NEED AN ARTICLE 9 IN THE U.S.A.

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It is 70 years since the USA dropped a Uranium bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and a Plutonium bomb on Nagasaki on August 9th. Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is ignoring the will of the Japanese people by dismantling Article 9 of their Constitution which rejects war and/or arming for war.

ARTICLE 9 of the Japanese Constitution.
(1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes.
(2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

The amazing part of Article 9 is that in human creativity terms, it is as important a tool as was the invention of the wheel.  It affirms TRUST in the human capacity to work with others and gives dignity and strength to the role of being an activist for Pacifism.  The Granny Peace Brigade supports our Code Pink sisters in Japan who will continue to protest P.M. Abe’s regressive move toward Militarism.

Besides the USA using atomic bombs in 1945, we are still maintaining 113 bases in Japan (mainly on Okinawa despite huge public opposition).  And here at home the Pentagon has in place a 30-year upgrade of our nuclear arsenal at a staggering cost of $35 Billion per year until 2045 !!

This addiction must stop.

We need an Article 9 here in the U.S.A.

– Nydia Leaf
for the Granny Peace Brigade

ARREST the WARMONGERS NOT the PEACEMAKERS

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April 28, 2015, all  UN Member States are in the UN today “discussing” the mandated every 5-year review of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty).

Calling for action to Ban Nuclear Weapons and demilitarization, the War Resisters League together with many other groups including Peace Action, some of our Japanese sisters/peace activists, and GPB were across the street, first at the Isaiah Wall (……swords into plowshares quote), moving to the US Mission to the UN, and then for the 20 arrested (including Joan, Alice), to the 17th Precinct Police Station with a small outside and inside support group.

Why were they arrested: not moving from the front and side doors of the US Mission to the UN. The arrests were peaceful…..AND ALL photographed. All have been released….let us show support to the group for their court appearance next month.

– Marty Rajandran
for the Granny Peace Brigade

Commemorating the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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On August 6, 2012, against a backdrop of the Times Square Recruiting Center’s neon American flag, approximately 30 grannies and friends assembled to commemorate the only time the atomic bomb has been used against a country: the US bombing of the civilian population of Hiroshima on  August 6, 1945, and three days later, the bombing of Nagasaki. These attacks created close to 200,000 casualties inflicted by atomic bombs coyly named “Little Boy” and “Fat Man.”

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Although the day was hot and humid with flares of intensive sunshine, supporters held an assortment of thoughtful signage: “Who Used Nuclear Weapons?” “Hiroshima Nagasaki Never Forget,” ”Let US Renew Our Commitment to Build a Peaceful and Just World” and “When Will We Ever Learn.”  Small  Japanese flags declared “No More Hibakusha” (literally “explosion-affected people”), and “Article 9-A World Treasure,” referring to Article 9 in the Japanese Constitution on the abolition of war).

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The granny line split as some moved across the street to a shadier location, while on both sides of the street, vigilers distributed literature and interacted with numerous passers-by who stopped to talk.  Most (but not all) expressed horror at the most heinous of war crimes committed by the US.

This was a simple but effective vigil in tribute to both the victims of the massacres in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the valiant ongoing and committed peace movement in Japan.
(more photos on Facebook)

– Ann Shirazi
Photos: Phyllis Cunningham
for the Granny Peace Brigade

Anti Nuke Trial Statement – Trial 11/18/10

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In 1945 the United States exploded an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. I was eight years old and couldn’t believe that we, Americans, the good guys killed thousands upon thousands of civilian people. We are the only country that has ever used a nuclear weapon.

Sixty five years later, relentlessly posing again as the good guys, the United States has a total inventory of 9600 nuclear weapons, perhaps a hundred times more powerful than the 1945 bombs. We continue to enrich uranium nuclear warheads to update this huge stockpile. The United States suspended underground nuclear explosion tests in 1992 but has not ratified the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on nuclear arms. Taking the position that the Test Ban Treaty does not prohibit experiments that don’t create nuclear explosions, this September 15th, in a Nevada underground test site, we conducted the 24th subcritical nuclear test, the first such since 2006. Two more tests are scheduled. In 2009, President Obama stated, his hope “to have a world without nuclear weapons,” but the decision to renew testing is dangerously contradictory and must be addressed.

There are currently nine countries that have developed nuclear weapons. With the exception of Russia, no country has near the number of our arsenal. The United States is concerned about several of these nations, North Korea, China and Pakistan. Others express more concern about Israel and the United States making a first strike given their fear that Iran will develop nuclear warheads.

The Obama Nuclear Posture Review of April 2010 stated that the president of the United States might need to authorize a US nuclear first strike. This maintains the policy option for the United States to preemptively start a nuclear war.

The United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Conference began on May 3rd 2010. A few blocks away, at Grand Central Terminal, anti-nuclear activists were urging the abolition of nuclear weapons. The activists believe that the disarmament of world nuclear arsenals should begin with the United States.

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We Americans have the right, guaranteed by the First Amendment, to peaceably assemble to express these ideas in a public place. We are called upon to do just that when our nation continues to threaten nuclear disaster. We did so in a non-violent peaceful direct action of a die-in and banner drop, neither of which “blocked the free flow of pedestrian traffic on the main concourse.”

– Beverly Rice, for The Granny Peace Brigade
Photo – Eva-Lee Baird

P.S.
I was delighted to tell my National Lawyers Guild lawyer, Mark Taylor, that the MTA policeman who wrote the summons wasn’t my arresting officer. After being sworn in, this officer said he was called in from Penn Station because “there was a war protest in Grand Central.” When Judge Weinberg asked him for details, the officer stated he couldn’t identify me. The officer continued, “A lieutenant told me to write out the summons.” Judge Weinberg thanked him for his candor and dismissed the case against me.

Carol’s trial was on October 29th. Judge Weinberg wanted to review the court transcript and set her sentencing date for December 3rd . Carol’s summons states she was “supine on the floor” when, in fact, she was hanging a banner from the balcony. The “summons” officer, “identified” Carol when in fact, he too, was not the arresting officer. I am certain that her case will also be dismissed.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement, especially for those who attended the trial.

‘Nuclear Weapons = Terrorism’ Says Carol Husten

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On May 3 2010 the War Resisters League held a protest action for nuclear abolition in Grand Central Terminal. Twenty two people were arrested in the event but only two were prosecuted – Carol Husten and Bev Rice. On Friday, October 29 Carol was tried on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly blocking pedestrian traffic in the Terminal.

Carol Husten’s Statement to the Court:

I have been charged with Disorderly Conduct by this officer. I do not see my actions as disorderly. As a matter of fact, I see them in a very small way of creating a more orderly and peaceful world. I was arrested for being part of a group that were trying to make the public aware of the dangers of nuclear weapons. My specific role was to assist two other people in hanging three signs stating NUCLEAR  WEAPONS = TERRORISM.

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Let me state up front I Love My Country. It has given me an opportunity to have a great life. That doesn’t mean I agree with what my government is doing all the time. I make the comparison “I love My Children, but I don’t agree with them all the time, at what they are doing. It is my job to tell them how I feel…BUT it is also my job to tell my gov’t how I feel…. Now as for my grandchildren they are another story. They are perfect.

For their sake and future generations we must try to abolish nuclear weapons. The public has put this potential horror in the back of their minds. If we could bring it to the forefront and convince our gov’t  as Pres. Obama stated when he received the Nobel Peace Prize and I quote
“The world may no longer shudder at the prospect of war between two nuclear superpowers, but PROLIFERATION may increase the risk of catastrophes.  Terrorism has long been a tactic, but modern technology allows a few small men with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale.”

What more do I need to say except for the well known phrase:

Democracy is not a Spectator Sport.

Carol Husten for the Granny Peace Brigade
Photo – Eva-Lee Baird