We apologize to the people of Japan for our country’s atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 69 years ago, and ask forgiveness for these atrocities and the ongoing suffering of those affected by nuclear radiation. We repent for the continued proliferation of nuclear weapons at the expense of unmet human needs. Further, we repent for the over 50 times the U.S. has threatened to use nuclear weapons since the first atomic bombings.
To commemorate the 69th year since the U.S. began the Nuclear Age by dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, seventeen friends (including a 6 month old baby Eli and 2 1/2 yr. old Stephanie) from the Atlantic Life Community and other peace groups participated today in a noon-time silent peace witness at the Pentagon that was organized by the Jonah House Community and the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. Carrying signs, photos of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing and banners, two of which read: “Remember the Past, Repent the Sin, Reclaim the Future–Hiroshima and Nagasaki” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons,” the group processed from Army-Navy Drive to the regular protest area near the Pentagon metro station. Instead of going into the police designated protest zone which is situated behind a fence, the group initially remained on the sidewalk. However after a police warning that everyone move into the designated area or face arrest, most complied. However Liz McAlister, Kathy Boylan and Eric Martin continued to remain on the sidewalk for about fifteen minutes. After giving three warnings to comply with the order or face arrest, Pentagon police placed the three under arrest and they were taken to the Pentagon police processing center. They were charged with “disobeying a lawful order” and after being processed were released. They will be tried on October 17 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA.
One thing of note during our witness was that numerous soldiers from different countries were either going into or leaving the Pentagon during the hour we were there. This is yet another reminder that the Pentagon is the center of warmaking on our planet! We concluded our witness with a closing circle and read Dan Berrigan’s poem, “Shadow on the Rock” (see below), offered prayers of intercession and sang “Vine and Fig Tree.”
To mark the 69th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki, the group will hold a noon-time nonviolent witness this Saturday, August 9, at the White House.
by Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
At Hiroshima there’s a museum
and outside that museum there’s a rock,
and on that rock there’s a shadow.
That shadow is all that remains
of the human being who stood there on August 6, 1945
when the nuclear age began.
In the most real sense of the word,
that is the choice before us.
We shall either end war and the nuclear arms race now in this generation,
or we will become Shadows On the rock.
Please join with the Jonah House Community, the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and other friends from the Atlantic Life Community for the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki actions which will be held on August 6 and August 9. See details below. Please share with others
August 6 and August 9 Peace Witnesses
Commemorating the U.S. Nuclear Bombings
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
“Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil”.
(Epitah at bottom of the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Cenotaph and Peace Flame to remember all the victims of the atomic bombings)
|Sixty nine years ago the American government did the “unspeakable” and dropped atom bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan. Please join in two nonviolent actions as we seek to remember the pain, repent the sin and reclaim the future.|
When and Where:
Wednesday, August 6 (Anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the feast of the Transfiguration): Nonviolent witness at the Pentagon. Meet on corner of Army-Navy Drive and Fern St. @ 11:45 a.m. Witness from Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 9 (Anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Nagasaki): Meet at 16th and H St. NW at 11:45 a.m. and process to White House for a Noon – 1:00 p.m. witness.
Please join us!
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010 For more info contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649
Speaker: Bruce Friedrich
Former Catholic Worker and Plowshares activist Bruce Friedrich will lead a discussion of vegetarianism as an ingredient in lived nonviolence. Bruce will speak briefly about the contributions of modern agriculture to environmental problems, global poverty, and cruelty to animals, after which he hopes for a spirited discussion. Bruce lived at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker from 1990-1996 and was a member of the Pax Christi-Spirit of Life Plowshares action, for which he spent 15 months in prison.
Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 @7:30 p.m.
Place: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 503 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20010
For more information contact Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649