Action Alert: Tragedy in Hiroshima

August 9, 2012
ACTION ALERT
As we remember the horrific tragedy in Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulting from the only use of nuclear weapons, we have an opportunity to say never again.
Ask your Representative to bring us one step closer towards nuclear disarmament by supporting HR 3974. HR 3974, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (S.A.N.E.) will reduce U.S. spending on nuclear weapons over the next ten years.
BACKGROUND
“In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims. The truth of peace require that all-whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear  arms, or those planning to acquire them- agree to change their course by clear and firm decision and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.  The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.” –Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace, January 1, 2006
On August 6th and August 9th, 1945 the United States participated in one of the most tragic events of modern time. The U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed about 166,000 people in Hiroshima and around 80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. In the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a U.S. estimate of the total immediate and short-term cause of death, 15 to 20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness.
Now many will say that nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 9, 1945, but we should we be worried because even without the use of these weapons, their shadow looms across the world. We do not know when or how these weapons are going to be used again. The U.S. is not the only country that has nuclear weapons but they can provide leadership for global peace by reducing their annual spending on nuclear weapons.
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, our country still spends billions of dollars a year on a nuclear weapons program built for a past era- one hundred billion dollars are earmarked for spending on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. The U.S. can no longer sustain or justify spending on nuclear weapons and related programs at current levels.
On November 11, 1948, General Omar Bradley said during the Armistice Day speech, “We have men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
ACTION REQUESTED
Share your prophetic witness to remind your representative of the horrors of nuclear weapons. Ask your representative to support HR 3974, the S.A.N.E. Act.
Find who your representative is and her or his contact information at: http://house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP.
SAMPLE LETTER OR SAMPLE SCRIPT
Representative________
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20508
USA
Dear Representative __________________,
As a person of faith, I am deeply committed to working for peace, respecting the human dignity of all God’s people, and protecting God’s Creation. In August, we commemorate the tragic anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed over 200,000 people and left many others with debilitating health effects for the rest of their lives. The use of nuclear weapons also destroyed flora and fauna in the area. The use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the greatest tragedies of modern times. You have an opportunity to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again by demonstrating that the United States can be a leader for peace.
I am writing you to co-sponsor H.R. 3974, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act. This legislation calls for a reduction in the U.S. nuclear weapons budget.
The use of nuclear weapons as a tool of war is rejected by Catholic Social Teaching. During the World Day of Peace celebrated on January 1, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said “In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims. The truth of peace require that all-whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear  arms, or those planning to acquire them- agree to change their course by clear and firm decision and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.  The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.” The SANE Act is one step to curtail the proliferation of such weapons.
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, our country still spends billions of dollars a year on a nuclear weapons program built for past era. The SANE act cuts 100 billion dollars on spending on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. The U.S. can no longer sustain or justify spending on nuclear weapons and related programs at current levels. The SANE act is a smarter national security strategy that will allow us to focus our resources on more vital national priorities such as helping improve the health, education, and livelihoods of people living in poverty across the country and our world to work towards better human security and peace.
Sincerely,
(NAME)
(ADDRESS)
(EMAIL)
CONTACT INFORMATION
The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Chloe Schwabe
Advocacy Associate
Telephone: 301.565.4547
cschwabe@columban.org

ACTION ALERT
As we remember the horrific tragedy in Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulting from the only use of nuclear weapons, we have an opportunity to say never again.
Ask your Representative to bring us one step closer towards nuclear disarmament by supporting HR 3974. HR 3974, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (S.A.N.E.) will reduce U.S. spending on nuclear weapons over the next ten years. BACKGROUND
“In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims. The truth of peace require that all-whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear  arms, or those planning to acquire them- agree to change their course by clear and firm decision and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.  The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.” –Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace, January 1, 2006
On August 6th and August 9th, 1945 the United States participated in one of the most tragic events of modern time. The U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed about 166,000 people in Hiroshima and around 80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. The Hiroshima prefecture health department estimated that, of the people who died on the day of the explosion, 60% died from flash or flame burns, 30% from falling debris and 10% from other causes. In the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness. In a U.S. estimate of the total immediate and short-term cause of death, 15 to 20% died from radiation sickness, 20–30% from burns, and 50–60% from other injuries, compounded by illness.Now many will say that nuclear weapons have not been used in war since August 9, 1945, but we should we be worried because even without the use of these weapons, their shadow looms across the world. We do not know when or how these weapons are going to be used again. The U.S. is not the only country that has nuclear weapons but they can provide leadership for global peace by reducing their annual spending on nuclear weapons.
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, our country still spends billions of dollars a year on a nuclear weapons program built for a past era- one hundred billion dollars are earmarked for spending on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. The U.S. can no longer sustain or justify spending on nuclear weapons and related programs at current levels.
On November 11, 1948, General Omar Bradley said during the Armistice Day speech, “We have men of science, too few men of God. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.”
ACTION REQUESTED
Share your prophetic witness to remind your representative of the horrors of nuclear weapons. Ask your representative to support HR 3974, the S.A.N.E. Act.
Find who your representative is and her or his contact information at: http://house.gov/htbin/findrep?ZIP.
SAMPLE LETTER OR SAMPLE SCRIPT Representative________US House of RepresentativesWashington, DC 20508USA Dear Representative __________________,
As a person of faith, I am deeply committed to working for peace, respecting the human dignity of all God’s people, and protecting God’s Creation. In August, we commemorate the tragic anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed over 200,000 people and left many others with debilitating health effects for the rest of their lives. The use of nuclear weapons also destroyed flora and fauna in the area. The use of nuclear weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one of the greatest tragedies of modern times. You have an opportunity to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again by demonstrating that the United States can be a leader for peace.
I am writing you to co-sponsor H.R. 3974, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act. This legislation calls for a reduction in the U.S. nuclear weapons budget.
The use of nuclear weapons as a tool of war is rejected by Catholic Social Teaching. During the World Day of Peace celebrated on January 1, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said “In a nuclear war there would be no victors, only victims. The truth of peace require that all-whether those governments which openly or secretly possess nuclear  arms, or those planning to acquire them- agree to change their course by clear and firm decision and strive for a progressive and concerted nuclear disarmament.  The resources which would be saved could then be employed in projects of development capable of benefiting all their people, especially the poor.” The SANE Act is one step to curtail the proliferation of such weapons.
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, our country still spends billions of dollars a year on a nuclear weapons program built for past era. The SANE act cuts 100 billion dollars on spending on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years. The U.S. can no longer sustain or justify spending on nuclear weapons and related programs at current levels. The SANE act is a smarter national security strategy that will allow us to focus our resources on more vital national priorities such as helping improve the health, education, and livelihoods of people living in poverty across the country and our world to work towards better human security and peace.
Sincerely,

(NAME)(ADDRESS)(EMAIL)

CONTACT INFORMATION
The Columban Center for Advocacy and OutreachChloe SchwabeAdvocacy AssociateTelephone: 301.565.4547cschwabe@columban.org