Waltham Concerned Citizens (WCC) will sponsor a vigil to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Monday, August 6, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., at the corner of Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common.
The first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The civilian death toll was 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect 48 years ago, yet the five NPT nuclear weapons states have not taken serious action on their treaty commitments to nuclear disarmament. In the meantime, four more states have acquired nuclear weapons and the risks of their use have only increased over time.
In 2017, the vast majority of non-nuclear states, under the auspices of the United Nations, adopted a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The nine nuclear-armed states and their close allies boycotted the talks.
Furthermore, President Trump has unveiled a Nuclear Posture Review that for the first time declares that the U.S. might use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear threats, and he continues to fund the $1.2 billion nuclear weapons escalation program. The United States’ 6,500 nuclear warheads, although with those of the other nuclear powers, pose an imminent threat to humanity. The President can launch a civilization-destroying nuclear war on his sole authority.
Today, military spending accounts for more than half of the federal government's entire discretionary budget. Nuclear weapons spending alone accounts for over $40 billion annually, and is scheduled to increase. There is an obvious connection between the bloated Pentagon budget and the critical underfunding of education, health care, housing and infrastructure in communities across the country.
Waltham Concerned Citizens Waltham Concerned Citizens was founded in 1981 to work for peace and justice. Its initial focus was on a nuclear weapons freeze. WCC has also sponsored programs and activities that have addressed other issues, including U.S. intervention in Iraq, Central America, Afghanistan and the Middle East; affordable housing; civil liberties; and the environment. The group holds regular peace vigils on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. at the corner of Main and Moody Streets. For more information, call (617) 548-6330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.