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

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