Peter Deccy is a member of Peace Action’s national staff. He delivered this speech on behalf of Peace Action and other peace organizations at this year’s Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs sponsored by the Japanese organization GENSUIKIN in Nagasaki.
First I would like to thank my hosts for your kindness and generosity and thank all of you as well for keeping alive the history of the terrible atrocity that happened here 68 years ago today. Across the United States, peace activists take part in annual commemorations of this day and we use this act of remembering as an opportunity to reach out to our communities, to educate our neighbors of the great danger we are still living with and to invite them to take action for a more peaceful and just future. In this way, we stand with you.
At Peace Action, we view your annual invitation to participate in these commemorations a high honor and part of my work here today is to let you know that Peace Action’s 250,000 members and supporters stand with you in opposition to the Rokkasho reprocessing plant. We have written Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae at your request to share with him our belief that separating enough plutonium in a single year to build 1000 nuclear warheads would set a dangerous precedent and that the potential security and proliferation risks ought to be considered unacceptable.
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