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The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Sutton for Peace and Justice brings you

The Colloquium in Carshalton Park

Throughout the day of the Environmental Fair on Bank Holiday Monday 28 August at Carshalton Park, Sutton for Peace and Justice will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions on a range of peace and justice issues:

11.30 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

12.15 Inequality is not inevitable
Inequality is bad for everyone and austerity is making it worse – but there is an alternative.

13.00 Climate Change – threat to peace & justice
Action on climate change is essential – now more than ever.

13.45 The plight of Palestinians today
How the rights of ‘the non-jewish communities of Palestine’ are ‘prejudiced’ 100 years after Balfour.

14.30 In defence of the Human Rights Act
The Human Rights Act protects us all and needs our support.

15.15 Stop nuclear proliferation – scrap Trident
Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki –Trident should be scrapped.

16.00 Sutton 4 Sanctuary – Refugees welcome here
Helping refugees find a welcome and establish a new home in Sutton, including the Community Sponsorship Scheme.

All at the Sutton for Peace and Justice stall J04–J05.

Come along and hear about these important issues, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from latin ‘to talk together’; a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

 

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Hiroshima Day commemoration in Carshalton

On 6th August 2017 the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 was marked at Carshalton Ponds.

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Supporters and friends of Sutton for Peace & Justice along with local residents and ward councillor Chris Williams gathered at the ponds at dusk.

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Doris Richards (right) led a short ceremony, with readings by Junko Osanai, Naomi Aruliah and Mike McLoughlin, which expressed deep sorrow for the events of the 6th August, 1945, when the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and, three days later, on Nagasaki, and honoured the victims.

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Hiroshima17 reading2.jpgThose present urged everyone to do all they can to ensure that such barbarity is never repeated and nuclear weapons are not used again, and called on the UK government to scrap the Trident missile system.

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Participants then floated flower petals on the ponds before observing a minute’s silence.

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Hiroshima Day

On August 6, Sutton for Peace and Justice was joined by supporters and local residents at Carshalton Ponds to mark Hiroshima Day.

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The short commemoration ceremony was led by Doris Richards (right), with readings by Junko Osanai, Naomi Aruliah and Mike McLoughlin.

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Participants floated flower petals on the ponds before observing a minute’s silence.

Hiroshima Day – Carshalton – 6 August

Hiroshima Day commemoration event in Carshalton

At dusk on 6th August 2017 supporters and friends of Sutton for Peace & Justice will remember the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs at Carshalton Ponds, Carshalton Surrey.

Please join us as we remember with deep sorrow the 6th August, 1945, when the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and, three days later, on Nagasaki.

We honour the victims. And we reaffirm that we must do all we can to ensure that such barbarity is never repeated and nuclear weapons are not used again.

The commemoration will take place at 8.00pm on Sunday 6 August, with readings and floating petals on the pond.

Please gather at 7.45 at the War Memorial, Carshalton Ponds, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 2QJ.

(Short walk from Carshalton Station and Carshalton High Street; free parking in High Street car park from 6.30.)

 

 

The ancestry of the nuclear bomb

Guest post by Noel Hamel of Kingston Peace Council / CND.

A virtually unknown warmonger’s ideas led to the development of nuclear weapons. After the First World War it was realised trench warfare simply led to carnage and stalemate. Italian General Giulio Douhet, 1869–1930, argued for an airforce to bomb the enemy and bypass troops on the ground. His ideas for aerial warfare clashed with the military establishment and he was sacked.

In 1921 Giulio Douhet published “The Command of the Air” (still available on Amazon) insisting that future wars would be won by air supremacy. He believed in total war, not simply bombing the military, industry and communication but also cities and civilians. His plan was to use explosives, incendiaries and gas to spread terror and despair till civilians rose up and demanded surrender. In the USA, Germany and the UK there were other less extreme advocates of aerial warfare. In 1932 proposals for an international ban on bombing withered for lack of interest. After World War 2, though targeting civilians is clearly a war crime, no one was tried for bombing raids since the victors were the worst offenders.

Douhet’s theory was tested in places like Guernica, Coventry, London Docks, Hamburg, Dresden and Tokyo. The main effect was to harden civilian resolve. In Japan Hiroshima and Nagasaki were discounted as just another two cities destroyed. Hence a thoroughly discredited theory?

Today nuclear bombing would certainly destroy all side’s citizens, and innocent citizens not involved, with blast, radiation poisoning and atmospheric damage. Is Douhet’s theory of air supremacy due a rethink after 70 years? Trident submarines have 40 warheads, each 8 X the Hiroshima bomb.

S4P&J at the Environmental Fair

Sutton for Peace and Justice will once again be at the Environmental Fair in Carshalton Park on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 August 2015.

We will be at pitch K05&K06.

This year we will be hosting a series of informal and open discussions at our stall on a range of peace and justice issues, that we have billed as ‘The Colloquium in Carshalton Park’. The sessions are planned to be:

11.15    What is wrong with TTIP and ISDS
12.00    Trident – renew or scrap? (in association with Kingston Peace Council)
12.45    House demolitions in Palestine
13.30    The challenge of Climate Change
14.15    Trident – renew or scrap? (in association with Kingston Peace Council)
15.00    What is wrong with TTIP and ISDS
15.45    House demolitions in Palestine
Please come along and hear about these important issues – find out more, have your say and join the debate.

Colloquium – an informal gathering for the exchange of views, from the latin ‘to talk together’;  a seminar usually led by a different academic or expert speaker at each meeting.

We will also have Zaytoun fair trade goods from Palestine for sale.

Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima

On 6 August 2015 Sutton for Peace and Justice hosted a commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima at Carshalton Ponds. The event was led by Doris Richards:

On behalf of Sutton for Peace and Justice I wish to thank you for coming to this 70th Anniversary Commemoration event to remember the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

We are here to remember the victims and ensure that such barbarity is never repeated. We will start with poetry, then the floating of the lanterns followed by a minute of silence; then there will be time for our own contemplation as we pledge ourselves never to forget.

Hiroshima – a poem by Hiromu Morishita

Watch dutifully
With your eyes
Here, something happened that shouldn’t have,
Here now, something irreparable continues,
Here tomorrow, signs of everyone’s destruction
may appear.
Don’t watch with one eye
Don’t watch with your arm or with your head.
With the heart of one who endures despair

Lighted lanterns were then launched on the pond and a minute silence was observed.

The following poem is inscribed on the Hiroshima Monument

No More Hiroshima – composed by Sankichi Toge

Give back the Human
Give back my father, give back my mother;
Give grandpa back, grandma back;
Give me back myself.
Give back the human race.
As long as this life lasts, this life,
Give back peace
That will never end.

A single bomber. A single bomb. The explosion’s suddenness and simultaneity were dumbfounding. It seemed everywhere in the city at the same time, but each individual experienced it as a direct hit on his or her neighbourhood.

And this marks the aspect of this event’s hugeness: the scale of human suffering.

The number of dead the witnesses saw, the monstrous burns and bloating bodies of those still alive, their insistent and unanswerable appeals for help from all sides. Since the weapon had never been used before, it made no sense and it fitted no pattern of warfare, let alone other human experience.

The bigger the event, the less we are able to recognise that, no matter how many people wail their laments, we will never come to terms with our truest feelings, indeed in our attempts to write and speak atrocity , language itself becomes suspect. Because we still live in this atomic landscape, locating ourselves in relation to Hiroshima informs our current experience.

We remember with deep sorrow the 6th August 1945 when the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and 3 days later on Nagasaki. The bombs and the consequent firestorms raised temperatures to 4000 Degrees Centigrade obliterating the cities and killing everyone within one kilometre – between 150,000 and 246,000 people in total. Those closest to the explosion died instantly, their bodies turned to black char, and within minutes 9 out of 10 people half a mile from ground zero were dead.

We re-affirm that we must do all we can to ensure nuclear weapons are not used again.

The British Government should honour it’s signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, under which the UK has no right to possess nuclear weapons, is legally bound to disarm.

At this commemorative event we urge the government to scrap the Trident nuclear weapons system, and to spend that money for peaceful purposes – affordable homes, schools and hospitals.

At the dawn of the 21st Century,
We honour this passage through darkness.
We must have the courage to enter
The void again…….and again,
Emerging with new life
Healing only comes through learning to forgive,
And making peace with our past.
Peace cannot be kept by force,
It can only be achieved by understanding.

Please take your time to leave, remember to pass on this message to those around you and those in positions of power who can influence the decision making.