Observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pm – Film screening and discussion of new documentary, The Vow From Hiroshima – details soon
Sunday, August 9th at 3:00 pm – 75th Anniversary Observance with words, images, music, poetry, lights, meditation and inspiration – register here
In the interest of public health, events will be held virtually, on Zoom. All are welcome.
On August 6th, 1945, a small nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. A second bomb exploded over Nagasaki on August 9th. At least 129,000 to 226,000 people were killed, with half dying slow deaths from burns, radiation, other injuries, and malnutrition.* Today, with modern weapons, even a limited nuclear war could plunge us all into a “nuclear winter” far more catastrophic than any pandemic. The U.S. government is now modernizing its nuclear arsenal at a cost of $1 Trillion over 30 years.**
- We declare that nuclear weapons must never be used again.
- We resolve to rid the world of the threat of nuclear war.
- We will work for all nations to sign the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and for the ultimate banning of nuclear weapons.
- We will pressure our elected representatives to de-fund nuclear weapons and use those funds to make life better for all.
It’s up to us!
Kevin Zeese: “Declining U.S. Empire and the Peace Movement’s Role”
Friday, July 24th, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Join us on Zoom: Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Kevin Zeese is the co-director of Popular Resistance. He was a co-founder of the Venezuelan Embassy Protectors Defense Collective and was prosecuted in federal court in Washington, DC for protecting the Venezuelan embassy. The trial resulted in a mistrial because jurors could not unanimously agree on a verdict.Read More
Until a week or so ago, whenever I left the house for a walk in my very pretty Fernway neighborhood in Shaker Heights, Ohio to get some fresh air, a change of scenery and exercise, I would wear my black Veterans for Peace tee shirt featuring the organization’s white logo, complemented by my embroidered military baseball cap indicating I’m a Vietnam veteran who served with the First Infantry Division (“Big Red One”) in Vietnam. (I was a reporter, then editor, the division’s newspaper from July, 1967 to July, 1968.)
Several of the homes in my neighborhood feature black-and-white yard signs reading “Black Lives Matter.” It’s a perfectly appropriate, reasonable thought, but not enough–I thought.
A week ago yesterday I finally received in the mail a tee shirt I had ordered about two weeks earlier. It, like my Veterans for Peace tee, is black and says in very large letters on the front, “Black Lives Matter.” I’m having fun wearing that shirt now on my walks and essential visits to stores, always wearing a mask, of course, in stores.Read More
Contact: Mark Weber, 216-870-1594
The Board of Cleveland Peace Action condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the murder by Minneapolis police officers of George Floyd, unarmed and handcuffed, a Black man and city resident. This latest murder of an African American citizen calls to mind earlier cases of police killings of people of color: Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, and Breanna Taylor to name a few. Beyond the usual expressions of concern by civic and political leaders, there is a desperate need for systemic change. Two concrete reforms should be mentioned.
- In this time of pandemic devastation, we need a transfer of investment from the military budget to a domestic peace budget which directs funds to shoring up our public health programs, our public schools, and public service jobs for those who have no work due to the virus. Jobs, health, and education should be our top priorities as a nation.
- We also need to review the role of the police in our communities…especially communities of color. Programs aimed at militarization of local police must be halted. Quasi-military police training programs, like the one given to some Minneapolis police officers by Israeli companies, must be ended. Police are supposed to the servants of the people and not an armed force sent to occupy them. The time for rhetoric and “thoughts and prayers” is past. Cleveland Peace Action demands action NOW.
We’ve been missing our monthly rendezvous at the pub and we hope you have too. Plotting how to meet virtually during the pandemic, we’ve settled on ZOOM meetings.
On Tuesday June 9th, Philip Metres will read some poetry from “Shrapnel Maps,” talk about the role of the arts in peace and justice work, and reflect on his 25-year personal journey, seeking a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis. DOORS OPEN AT 6:45 – MEETING STARTS AT 7:00 PM
We’ll do our virtual best to provide “interesting conversation and camaraderie,” as always. As for food and drink, it’s BYO. Grab a brew or whatever is your cup of tea. Curl up at home and join us via laptop or phone. You can actively participate with or without video. See June 9th on our Calendar for more on connecting via Zoom.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Jun 9, 2020 06:45 PM Eastern Time Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIldOquqD0sGtHzFuTZj-j0uFNUH_0bngh4 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on June 9.