Franciscan Action Network as part of our mission, continues to become engaged in efforts to denuclearize our country. We feel it is the first and necessary step in achieving peace in our world. To this end, FAN is a co-sponsor of two nonviolent acts of public witness in Washington, DC on August 6th and 9th, 2018. The information for these events is listed below. If you can’t join us in DC, we encourage you to plan your own prayer vigil and let us know about it.
Seventy-three years ago, on August 6 and 9, the U.S. government did the "unspeakable" and dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thus beginning the Nuclear Age. As a result of these bombings, it is estimated that over 199,000 people died in both cities and many more in the subsequent months and years from the effects of burns, radiation sickness and other injuries.
The U.S. has never repented for the use of these weapons of indiscriminate mass murder. Moreover, it has continued to build even deadlier weapons which endanger all of creation. Today the U.S. government possesses nearly 6,500 nuclear weapons, many of which are on hair-trigger alert, and proposes to spend an estimated $1 trillion over the next 30 years to modernize it's existing nuclear arsenal. This deadly venture not only endangers all of creation but represents a direct theft from the poor of our nation and world.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has turned its "Doomsday Clock" to two minutes before midnight to signify the perilous situation facing the world due to the dangers of nuclear war and the climate crisis. This peril has been exacerbated by an unstable U.S. president who has threatened to attack North Korea and Iran. As a leading nuclear superpower, the U.S. practices a double standard by calling on other nations to disarm while, at the same time, refusing to disarm and instead is rapidly expanding its own nuclear arsenal.
On July 7, 2017, at the conclusion of a special "UN Conference To Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons," 122 countries voted in favor of a historic treaty to legally prohibit nuclear weapons. To date 59 countries have signed the treaty and 11 have ratified it. The "Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons," bans nuclear weapons and establishes a framework for the elimination of nuclear weapons programs - including warheads, materials, delivery systems and facilities. All of the countries that bear nuclear arms and many others that either come under their protection or host weapons on their soil boycotted the negotiations. We call on the U.S., the only country to have ever used nuclear weapons, to endorse this treaty and to lead the way to total worldwide nuclear disarmament.
Pope Francis declared: "If we also take into account the risk of an accidental detonation as a result of error of any kind, the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is to be firmly condemned…International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation, and the parading of stockpiles of arms. Weapons of mass destruction, particularly nuclear weapons, create nothing but a false sense of security. They cannot constitute the basis for peaceful coexistence between members of the human family…The total elimination of nuclear weapons is “both a challenge and a moral and humanitarian imperative” of our time.
The A-Bomb Survivors (Hibakusha) plead to the world: “Humans Cannot Coexist with Nuclear Weapons!”
Monday, August 6 @ Pentagon from 7-8 AM
August 6th is both the anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the Feast of the Transfiguration. There will be a Prayer Service of Repentance and Nonviolent Witness at the Pentagon. Meet at the "designated protest area."
Thursday, August 9 @ White House from Noon – 1:00 PM
There will be a Prayer Service of Repentance outside the White House. Meet on north side of White House on Pennsylvania Ave.--across from Lafayette Park.
Please join us! For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-360-6416, firstname.lastname@example.org