May 3 - Calling for abolition of nuclear weapons, peace, and justice, 10,000 marchers from around the world demonstrated in New York yesterday. The rally was led by Japanese survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bombs, the Mayors for Peace, and four groups of peace walkers who had marched hundreds of miles to reach New York. Thousands of protesters attended from Japan, France, Britain, Germany, and numerous other countries, as well as from New York, Boston, and across the U.S. The rally was organized by United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and a coalition of 300 international groups.
The group rallied in Times Square and hear speakers and musicians, then marched across midtown Manhattan to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations. Many will attend the UN's month-long Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPR) Review Conference, which convenes today, to press their demand for abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020.
Calling for Disarm Now: For Peace and Human Needs, an international nuclear abolition conference drew 1000 to Riverside Church on April 30 and May 1. The conference was addressed by Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations; Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima; Terumi Tanaka, A-bomb survivor from Hiroshima, among many others. View the recorded video. The conference held workshops on many aspects of the nuclear weapons issue, nuclear power, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, prospects for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, military bases, environmental and social issues, and more.
To learn more about the campaign for a nuclear free world, contact UJP's Nuclear Abolition Task Force.