8:15 AM: today marks 75 years since the United States dropped the first of two Atomic bombs that would kill over 200,000 people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What many people don’t know, however, is that since then, one million more people have died in the United States due to the testing of nuclear weapons.
Take a breath, feel the devastation two bombs can cause. Now consider the devastation a nuclear arms race causes.
In the last 6 months, we have witnessed the media (stenographers of those in power) publish stories that evoke hate and fear of China. We saw this in the drive up to war with Iraq. Now the same media is driving hate to make China the enemy of the U.S., driving us towards a new cold war or worse — which would mean more of your tax dollars are spent making weapons of unthinkable destruction. It is our task as peacemakers to deescalate that hate and fear.
As Medea Benjamin said in her comments at the recent conference, No Cold War, “It's hard to take seriously the U.S. media's outrage about human rights violations in China when U.S. police are suffocating unarmed black folks and pepper-spraying peaceful protestors.” The U.S. media blamed U.S. failures to address COVID-19 on China, even though China warned the U.S. CDC on December 31 of 2019.
The U.S. has tried to tell us the Chinese hate their leadership, but the Ash Center at Harvard found polar opposite findings in a long term, public opinion survey. We need to replace the media narrative of hate and nationalism with solidarity and internationalism. Together we should be working to end the escalation of nuclear weapons. We should be working together for a solution to Climate Change. We should be working together to find a Covid-19 vaccine. We need to be looking to countries like China and Cuba in learning how to take better care of our citizens.
Onwards to Peace & Equality,
Ann, Angela, Ariel, Carley, Caty, Cody, Eli, Emily, Izzy, Jodie, Kelsey, Leila, Leonardo, Maxine, Mary, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Paki, Teri, and Yousef
P.S. In case you missed it, check out our actions and webinars from last week.