President Obama Going to Hiroshima on May 27th; Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium Invites Him to Tularosa for July 16th Trinity Test Commemoration Events
In a historic trip, President Obama will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday, May 27th following the G-7 summit. For the first visit by a U.S. siting president, Obama will visit the park located in the center of Hiroshima, which is dedicated to those harmed by the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing. The President will “offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”
Many non-governmental organizations, military and technical experts, and the public are urging Obama to announce his vision with four definitive steps towards “a world without nuclear weapons.” They suggest Obama call for a United Nations resolution for a global moratorium on nuclear testing; reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal from 1,550, as required by the New START Treaty with Russia, to about 1,000; and retire all 400 U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs. Further, they suggest taking all ICBMs off alert status and cancelation of the $30 billion nuclear cruise missile and the $60 billion ICBM replacement.
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability 2016 “Trillion Dollar Trainwreck” report at http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52311edfe4b0830625de8366/t/570ff2bed210b8a7d566f530/1460662985134/trillion_trainwreck.pdf,
Beyond Nuclear at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1117799148730&ca=91cfd12f-97bc-4bd8-af56-4bc782e84258,
Democracy Now at http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/11/obama_to_make_history_with_hiroshima,
Foreign Policy at http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/10/what-obama-really-needs-to-say-in-hiroshima/, and
Peace Action at https://peaceblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/peace-action-statement-obama-must-not-go-to-hiroshima-empty-handed/.
As Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security advisor, wrote, “The President and his team will make this visit knowing that the open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past, the forces that shape the world we live in today, and the future that we seek for our children and grandchildren.” https://medium.com/@rhodes44/the-first-sitting-u-s-president-to-visit-hiroshima-1992461baf4c#.qk9bh42ua
“The open recognition of history is essential to understanding our shared past” is also one of the goals of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium. For that reason and others, the Consortium invited President Obama to visit Tularosa, New Mexico and attend the Saturday, July 16th commemoration events of the first atomic bomb explosion on July 16th, 1945 at the Trinity Test Site. July 16, 2016 event flyer and ACTION ALERT TBDC Jan 2016
The events include the Seventh Annual Candlelight Vigil that memorializes those who have lost their lives to cancer and honors those who are living with or who have survived cancer. It will begin at 8 pm at the Tularosa Little League Field in West Tularosa. Luminarias will be available beginning at 7 pm.
Tina Cordova, a co-founder of the Consortium, said, “By all means President Obama should visit Japan later this month and acknowledge the catastrophic results of the use of an atomic bomb. However, he should also visit the American citizens who were the first victims of an atomic bomb as a result of the Trinity test. We’ve been waiting 71 years for acknowledgement and help with the horrible health effects we’ve suffered ever since the bomb was tested at Trinity. It’s high time for our government to right the wrong that was done to us.”
- Albuquerque Journal opinion editorial by Dr. Maureen Merritt, published Sun. 5/8/16 at http://www.abqjournal.com/770538/71-years-later-downwinders-are-still-ignored.html with seven comments
- Al Jazeera 2/16/16 – “Inside America’s Atomic state: Residents of New Mexico reflect on the toxic legacy of life at the centre of the US nuclear complex at http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/01/america-atomic-state-160107102647937.html
- Al Jazeera 7/15/15 – “The first victims of the bomb were American: The deadly legacy of nuclear tests in New Mexico continues to affect communities around the White Sands site,” at http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/16/the-first-victims-of-the-bomb-were-american.html with 11 comments that include stories
- Associated Press, “Residents Near Trinity Test Want Obama to Also Visit Village,” by Russell Contreras
a. 5/11/16 at http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/residents-near-trinity-test-want-obama-to-also-visit-village/4133898/#.Vz1GB9dcNP7
b. 5/11/16 at http://m.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Residents-near-Trinity-Test-want-Obama-to-also-7461279.php?cmpid=twitter-desktop#photo-10034528 with four photos
c. 5/11/16 at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/residents-mexico-nuclear-test-site-seek-obama-visit-39043313
- CCNS News Update – published on 5/6/16 at http://nuclearactive.org/%E2%80%A2dr-merritt-responds-to-los-alamos-historical-museum-trip-to-japan-to-obtain-perspective-about-1945-u-s-bombings/ and broadcast on KUNM-FM 89.9 on 5/7/16
- Fox News Latino, aired on 5/12/16 at http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/health/2016/05/12/as-obama-plans-hiroshima-trip-nm-town-near-bomb-test-site-wants-visit-apology/?intcmp=bigtopteaser
- KOB-TV Albuquerque, aired on 5/11/16 at http://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/residents-near-trinity-test-want-obama-to-also-visit-village/4133898/#.Vz6WUNdcNP5
- KRQE-TV Albuquerque, aired on 5/11/16 at http://krqe.com/2016/05/11/new-mexicans-call-on-president-to-recognize-how-atomic-bomb-test-hurt-community/
- Las Cruces Sun News, published 5/14/16 at http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/opinion/2016/05/15/lab-team-visits-japan-ignores-bomb-victims/84290802/
- New York Times, published on 5/11/16 at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/05/11/us/ap-us-obama-hiroshima-new-mexico.html?partner=IFTTT&_r=1
- Ruidoso News – published on 5/12/16 at http://www.ruidosonews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/05/09/guest-editorial-downwinders—grievous-wrong-has-yet-righted/84145946/
- Santa Fe New Mexican editorial “Our View” where the TBDC is mentioned – published 5/12/16 at http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-at-hiroshima-time-to-reassess/article_ba06d63c-0f9a-57f1-8d82-ffe293cf0e5c.html#.VzXSZZpVi44.gmail
- Socorro Chieftain – published on 5/12/16 at http://www.dchieftain.com/opinion/downwinders-still-ignored/article_d78fea30-17b5-11e6-bc34-ab05e28519fb.html
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