Today is August 6, the 69th anniversary of the US military dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 70-80,000 people were killed by the bomb drop and the subsequent firestorms, while another 70,000 or more died subsequently from radiation sickness and other consequences.
On August 9, the US military dropped another atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people died as a result of this bomb.
Nuclear weapons have the ability to destroy on a scale almost unimaginable to those who have not seen their effects. All war destroys lives and communities; nuclear weapons have the capability to destroy larger areas and numbers of people, faster and more completely.
This week, let’s remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and work to bring attention to the terror that US nuclear weapons have brought to the world. War tax resistance is one way to express our opposition to the development, proliferation, and storage of these weapons.
Print copies of our Hiroshima/Nagasaki flyer.
View a collection of photos of the destruction.
Check out The Nuclear Resister, a newspaper of news in the anti-nuclear movement, including support for anti-nuclear activists in prison. Run by war tax resisters!
Rad Geek People’s Daily on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.