Aug. 8, 2008 Hilo Peace vigil leaflet (BIP)
Hiroshima - Nagasaki
Aug. 6 - Aug. 9, 1945
"The lies of Hiroshima live on, props in the war crimes of the 20th century. The 1945 attack was murder on an epic scale. In its victims' names, we must not allow a nuclear repeat in the Middle East. ... In the immediate aftermath of the bomb, the allied occupation authorities banned all mention of radiation poisoning and insisted that people had been killed or injured only by the bomb's blast. It was the first big lie. 'No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin' said the front page of the New York Times, a classic of disinformation and journalistic abdication, which the Australian reporter Wilfred Burchett put right with his scoop of the century. 'I write this as a warning to the world,' reported Burchett in the Daily Express, having reached Hiroshima after a perilous journey, the first correspondent to dare. He described hospital wards filled with people with no visible injuries but who were dying from what he called 'an atomic plague.' For telling this truth, his press accreditation was withdrawn, he was pilloried and smeared - and vindicated. ... The most enduring lie is that the atomic bomb was dropped to end the war in the Pacific and save lives. ... The day after Hiroshima was obliterated, President Truman voiced his satisfaction with the 'overwhelming success' of 'the experiment.' ... There is only one rampant nuclear power in the Middle East and that is Israel. ... The question begs: are the rest of us to be mere bystanders, claiming, as good Germans did, that 'we did not know?' Do we hide ever more behind what Richard Falk has called 'a self-righteous, one-way, legal/moral screen [with] positive images of western values and innocence portrayed as threatened, validating a campaign of unrestricted violence?' ... The memory of Hiroshima requires an answer."
-- John Pilger, The Lies Of Hiroshima Live On, Props In The War Crimes Of The 20th Century, guardian.co.uk, 8/6/08
Journey for Peace with Iran
Peace activists Leslie Angeline and Jes Richardson traveled to Iran last year as part of a Global Exchange 'Citizen Diplomacy Delegation'. They filmed their journey in Iran and have a great collection of footage and photographs. They will share their stories of activism in Washington DC and around the country. Come meet and be inspired by these dedicated peace activists!
Monday August 11, 2008 Keaau Community Center 7:00 - 9:00pm
BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW! NO WAR ON IRAN!
END ALL U.S. OCCUPATION!
1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seeek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola`a (Kurtistown),
Hawai`i 96760. Phone (808) 966-7622 Email firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 8, 2008 - 360th week) - Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office