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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.)

 

 

Screening of ‘The War Game’ in Sutton on 27 November

Docu-drama about the effects of nuclear war – BBC TV 1965

The film they tried to ban!

By late1964 Harold Wilson’s newly elected Labour Government had already broken its election manifesto to unilaterally disarm Britain, and was in fact developing a full-scale nuclear weapons programme, in spite of wide-spread protest.  The public had little information about the effects of nuclear weapons and British TV was reluctant to discuss the arms race.

The War Game portrays the possible effects of a nuclear strike on Britain following the outbreak of war between NATO and the USSR – the millions of victims, the ridiculous protective measures for civilians and the return to barbarism – and lays bare how ill-prepared citizens and the authorities were. Its newsreal style interweaves scenes of ’reality’ with stylized ’interviews’ based on genuine quotations, and uses Nagasaki and Hiroshima as models of the effects of such events. It was filmed in black and white by Peter Watkins in 1965, in a corner of Kent with a cast made up mostly of non-actors.

Having seen the film and consulted government officials the BBC announced that they would not broadcast it on TV.  In 1966 the BBC organised private screenings for invited members of the British Establishment and defence correspondents – but not film journalists. The majority of the British press backed the suppression of the film.

The War Game was shown abroad and it won the 1966 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It was eventually broadcast in the UK on BBC2 on 31 July 1985, as part of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Nagasaki and Hiroshima – with critics saying the BBC had suppressed one of the greatest dramas ever made.

‘A warning masterpiece. It may be the most important film ever made.’  The Observer.

‘Brilliant. But it must stay banned’. Daily Sketch.

‘The only possible effect of showing it to the British public would be … to raise more unilateral disarmament recruits.’ Evening News.

On Friday 27 November at Friends House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA.

Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30.

There is no advance entry charge.

Please reserve your place by email to sutton4peace@yahoo.co.uk or by text message to 07740 594496.

The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

By Mike McLoughlin

At 2:45 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, took off from a North Pacific island 1,500 miles south of Japan.

A twelve-man crew was on board to make sure this secret mission went smoothly. Just before take-off, the plane’s nickname was painted on its side. The pilot, nicknamed the B-29 the “Enola Gay” after his mother.

The chief of the Ordnance Division in the “Manhattan Project” was the Enola Gay’s weaponeer. Since he had been instrumental in the development of the bomb, he was now responsible for arming it while in flight. About fifteen minutes into the flight he began to arm the atomic bomb; taking him another fifteen minutes. Parsons thought while arming the bomb nicknamed “Little Boy”: “I knew the Japs were in for it, but I felt no particular emotion about it.”

“Little Boy”, using radioactive uranium-235, was a product of $2 billion of research, had never been tested, nor been dropped from a plane. Some politicians pushed for not warning Japan of the bombing in order to save face in case the bomb malfunctioned.

Four cities were chosen as possible targets: Hiroshima, Kokura, Nagasaki, and Niigata. The cities were chosen because they had been relatively untouched during the war. The Target Committee wanted the first bomb to be “sufficiently spectacular for the importance of the weapon to be internationally recognized when publicity on it was released.”

On August 6, 1945, the first choice target, Hiroshima, had clear weather. At 8:15 a.m. (local time), the Enola Gay’s door sprang open and “Little Boy” Was dropped. The bomb exploded 1,900 feet above the city

The tail-gunner, described what he saw: “The mushroom cloud itself was a spectacular sight, a bubbling mass of purple-gray smoke and you could see it had a red core in it and everything was burning inside. . . . It looked like lava or molasses covering a whole city. . .

The co-pilot, said, “Where we had seen a clear city two minutes before, we could no longer see the city. We could see smoke and fires creeping up the sides of the mountains.” Two-thirds of Hiroshima was destroyed. Within three miles of the explosion, 60,000 of the 90,000 buildings were demolished.

Clay roof tiles melted together. Shadows had imprinted on buildings and other hard surfaces. Metal and stone had melted.

The aim of this raid had not been a military installation but rather an entire city. The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima killed civilians, women, men and children. Hiroshima’s population has been estimated at 350,000; approximately 70,000 died immediately from the explosion and another 70,000 died from radiation within five years.

A survivor described the damage to people:

The appearance of people was . . . well, they all had skin blackened by burns. . . . They had no hair because their hair was burned, and at a glance you couldn’t tell whether you were looking at them from in front or in back. . . . They held their arms bent [forward] like this . . . and their skin – not only on their hands, but on their faces and bodies too – hung down. . . . If there had been only one or two such people . . . perhaps I would not have had such a strong impression. But wherever I walked I met these people. . . . Many of them died along the road – I can still picture them in my mind — like walking ghosts.

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