Let’s Eliminate the Coronavirus AND Nuclear Weapons

April 3rd, 2020 - by CODEPINK

Let’s Eliminate the Coronavirus AND Nuclear Weapons


(March 30, 2020) — The coronavirus has exposed a grossly underfunded healthcare system as being ill-equipped to fight a global pandemic. Meanwhile, non-essential programs such as the maintenance of nuclear weapons remain well-funded.  We are reminded of what true security is; it is healthcare and food. But money continues to be drained from essential needs to war needs.

ACTION: Support the Elimination of all Nuclear Weapons

In the United States, there is a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators. Healthcare workers are showing up to work unaware if they will have the appropriate safety gear while others are washing and reusing protective masks for the next workday. At the country’s epicenter, New York, state elected officials are pleading for roughly thirty thousand ventilators to properly assist the increase of confirmed coronavirus cases. 

The United States and other overly developed countries need to redirect funds from nuclear weapons to healthcare facilities to combat the coronavirus. In 2019, the Trump administration spent $35.1 billion on nuclear weapons — twice as much as the UK and France.

As indicated by the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), $35.1 billion could cover the cost of 35,000 ventilators, 300,000 ICU beds, and the salaries of thousands of nurses and doctors. Now, just imagine those funds used to purchase PPE’s for the frontline healthcare workers. 

Physicians from around the world explain, “…nuclear weapons are not a virus: we have the solution to get rid of them and we need to act before it’s too late.” Let’s act together! The survivors of the US atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are appealing to the world to eliminate nuclear weapons.

ACTION: Sign the petition for the elimination of all Nuclear Weapons.

Carley, Cody, Jodie, Kelsey, Nancy, Paki, and Yousef with the CODEPINK Divest from the War Machine Campaign

ACTION ALERT: The World Says No to Nuclear Weapons

Support the Elimination of all Nuclear Weapons

Hibakusha, survivors of atomic bomb attacks, Earnestly Desire Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Sign on in support of their appeal to eliminate all nuclear weapons

CODEPINK and Divest from the War Machine

I, the undersigned, hereby support the Appeal of the Hibakusha:

At present, humanity stands at the crossroads of whether to save our blue planet with all living things on it as it is or to go along the road of self-destruction.

The two atomic bombs dropped on August 6th and 9th 1945 by the US forces totally destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an instant and killed and wounded hundreds of thousands of people without discrimination. With corpses charred black, bodies with their skins peeled off and with lines of people tottering in silence, a hell on earth emerged. Those who narrowly survived soon collapsed one after another.

For more than 70 years since then, we have struggled to live on, afflicted by the delayed effects and by anxiety about the possible effects of radiation on our children and grandchildren. Never again do we want such tragedies to be repeated.

After 11 years of silence following the A-bomb suffering, Hibakusha assembled in Nagasaki in August 1956 and founded Nihon Hidankyo, the Japan Confederation of A-and H-bomb Sufferers Organizations. There we pledged that we would work to “save humanity from its crisis through the lessons learned from our experiences, while at the same time saving ourselves”.

Since then we have continued appealing to the world that “there should never be another Hibakusha.” This is the cry of our soul. Wars and conflicts are still going on in the world, and many lives of innocent people are lost. Nuclear weapons are being used to threaten others. There are also moves to develop new nuclear weapons.

The destructive power of existing nuclear weapons, which number well over 10 thousand, amounts to that of tens of thousands of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs combined. Nuclear weapons are the “weapons of the devil”. They could wipe out the human race and all other creatures. They could destroy the environment and turn the globe into a dead planet.

Human beings have prohibited the use, development, production, and possession of biological and chemical weapons by treaties and protocols. Why do we hesitate to prohibit nuclear weapons, which are far more destructive than these weapons?

We, the Hibakusha, call on all State Governments to conclude a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. The average age of the Hibakusha now exceeds 80. It is our strong ‘ desire to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world in our lifetime so that succeeding generations of people will not see hell on earth ever again.

You, your families and relatives, or any other people should not be made Hibakusha again. We believe that your signatures appended to this appeal will add up to the voices of hundreds of millions of people around the world and move international politics. They will finally save the future of our blue planet and all life on it. We earnestly appeal to you to append your signature to this petition.

April 2016

Initial Proposers of the Appeal:

•   Sunao Tsuboi, Sumiteru Taniguchi and Mikiso Iwasa, Co-Chairpersons, Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations)

•   Terumi Tanaka, Secretary General, Hidankyo

•   Kwak Kwi Hoon, Honorary Chairman, Korean Association of Atomic Bomb Victims

•   Tsukasa Mukai, President, US Association of Atomic Bomb Victims

•   Takashi Morita, President, Associacao Hibakusha Brasil Pela Paz

•   Setsuko Thurlow, Hibakusha of Hiroshima, Toronto,Canada

•   Yasuaki Yamashita, Hibakusha of Nagasaki, Mexico City, Mexico

•   International Signature Campaign in Support of the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Earnestly desiring the elimination of nuclear weapons without delay, we, the Hibakusha, call on all State Governments to conclude a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

ACTION: I, the undersigned, hereby support the Appeal of the Hibakusha.

NOTE: After the launch of the International Signature Campaign in April 2016, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on July 7, 2017. This Campaign now calls on all State Governments to join the Treaty and achieve the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

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