Pittsburgh City Council Recognizes Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace with Proclamation

Proclamation:

WHEREAS, human warfare escalated into its nuclear age when atomic weapons were detonated during World War II, ushering in an era of fear and paranoia as America and the Soviet Union built up nuclear arsenals in an attempt to create deterrence; and

WHEREAS, August 6, 2010 is the 65th anniversary of the United States dropping the atomic weapon, code-named Little-Boy, on Hiroshima, Japan, killing as many as 140,000 people and exposing countless others to radiation; and

WHEREAS, the world’s nuclear arsenals, which currently have the explosive power equivalent to 200,000 Hiroshima bombs, are capable of destroying all cities in the world the size of Pittsburgh or larger; and

WHEREAS, the potential for nuclear weapons use has become greater than ever before as a result of widespread stockpiles of poorly secured nuclear materials, the escalation of terrorism, and further proliferation of nuclear weapons all of which have increased the risk of accidental launch; and

WHEREAS, top-ranking US national security authorities, military experts and national leaders — all former nuclear weapons advocates, including George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, William Perry and Sam Nunn (two former secretaries of state, a former secretary of defense, and a former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee), and President Obama are now advocating the imperative of “a world free of nuclear weapons”, based on worldwide nuclear abolition and steps to its achievement, and

WHEREAS, the New START agreement that was signed by Presidents Obama and Medvedev on April 8, 2010 which will reduce reduce deployed strategic warheads to 1,550, 30% below existing levels; limit the United Statesand Russia to no more than 700 delivery vehicles; and include new verification requirements is now pending in the Senate, and

WHEREAS, a diverse scope of Pittsburgh organizations and individuals are organizing events which began in May and continue through September under the banner Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace that can be viewed at www.RememberingHiroshima2010.org ; and

WHEREAS, the goal of Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace 2010 is to increase citizen awareness of the nuclear weapons dangers and promote citizen action in hopes of “a world free of nuclear weapons” and peace; and

WHEREAS, remembrance events will include the showing of Countdown to Zero on August 6, accompanied by speakers and a reception and art displays, films, lectures, and events for children focused on peace next month,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby commend and recognize the important work of Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace 2010 and their advocacy for the need of a reduction of stockpiles and safer handling procedures worldwide as steps toward “a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Passed in Council August 2, 2010

Darlene M. Harris

President of Council

Attest: Linda Johnson-Wasker

City Clerk

 

 

SPONSORED BY: COUNCILMAN R. DANIEL LAVELLE

 

CO-SPONSORED BY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

DARLENE M. HARRIS, PATRICK DOWD, REV. RICKY BURGESS, BRUCE A KRAUS, THERESA KAIL-SMITH, WILLIAM PEDUTO, NATALIA RUDIAK, AND DOUGLAS SHIELDS

Proclamation by City Council August 2 2010

Councilman Daniel Lavelle, Robin Alexander, Stephanie Fello, Edith Bell. (back row) Scilla Wahrhaftig, Jo Schlesinger, Bob Riefle, Pete Shell

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