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Organization: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Committee, Union County (NJ) Peace Council
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We have attracted a following to events that we have held in northern New Jersey, and have had some recognition from local politicians. We have managed to get some resolutions passed by local county and municipal governments supporting our activities and events.  We have also coordinated our activities with other local, state, national and international organizations to work towards common goals.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

One of the major obstacles in getting more done is the extent of the goals that we would like to achieve and the limited time and resources that we have to accomplish our aims.  Part of the problem is that we are trying to do so many things, and that all of our members are involved in a lot of other activities and projects, and its difficult to keep everyone coordinated and consistently motivated.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Our group has organized many local events and worked with other peace-minded organizations to sponsor events.  Every year we hold numerous events to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with invited Hibakusha - Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors.  We have hosted speaking engagements and concerts - including an International Concert for Peace held two years ago at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, NJ.

Last year we held our first 'Peace & World Friendship Fair' in downtown Cranford, NJ and received excellent local media attention and we plan to make it even bigger this year. It is scheduled for Sat. August 6th. (The 60th Anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.)

We have also organized and participated in numerous peace marches, rallies and local vigils and are currently planning film and video screenings.

We have coordinated with other peace groups to coordinate 'Peace Train' events in Newark, NJ - with marches and speakers - and to large anti-war marches and demonstrations in New York City.  

We are currently coordinating 'Peace Trains' with other NJ groups and with Abolition Now! and United for Peace and Justice to the May 1st mobilization in NYC - calling for total abolition of nuclear weapons, U.S. Troops out of Iraq, and funding of social needs and NOT war!  We will also participate in other related events at the United Nations - to tie in with the renegotiation of the NPT treaty - and other supporting events concerning the threat of militarization and nuclear weaponry.

And we are working to support the Mayors for Peace campaign, and have had our local county government - Union County Freeholders - pass resolutions to support the Mayors for Peace campaign and our Hibakusha event.

Last year we co-hosted a forum at Arthur Johnson Medical School in Newark on the dangers posed by nuclear weapons and depleted uranium with numerous speakers, including keynote speaker Helen Caldicott.

Last year I attended a International Day of Peace event sponsored by WE, THE WORLD in New York City, along with other events they sponsored.  

We will continue to build alliances and do outreach and try to find ways to reach out and expand our influence, and also support other organizing movements to have an impact on making the world more sane, humane and peaceful.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Please do all in your  power to convince the world and all nations of the necessity of coming together to denounce militarization, and particularly the scourge of nuclear weapons, as a threat to all of humanity and other species and ecosystems.  We need to see our commonality, our fragility and the need to heal the damage we are doing to our communities, to ecosystems and to each other, and we must share in the responsibilty to do what we can to sustain, heal and nurture each other.  Those who have been blessed with a greater standard of living, especially in the United States, must make a greater effort to help those who are less fortunate and to denounce the destructive course, - particularly in the development of out-of-control militarization and nuclear proliferation and dangerous technology that threaten all - and focus instead on ways to improve life and well-being for all.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Abolition Now!, United for Peace & Justice, Troops Out Now Coalition, New Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, New Jersey Peace Action, Union County Democracy for America, People's Organization for Progress, Somerset Voices for Peace, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, Central Jersey Coalition for Peace & Justice, NJ Labor Against War, Solidarity Singers of the NJ Industrial Union Council, American Friends Service Committee, Unitarian Universalists, Ethical Culture Society of Maplewood, NJ

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Listed above - Continuation of our Hibakusha - Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary events and other continued vigils, marches, demonstrations, forums and other annual events - such as our Peace & World Friendship Fair in Cranford, NJ and 'Peace Train' events.

Also, coordinating with other organizations to organize and support other peace-related events as they occur.

Postal address of organization

181 Tudor Oval, Westfield, NJ 07090-2244

E-mail address of organization

dianeb181@yahoo.com

Website address of organization

We need to work on our website

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a Culture of Peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarityI

Highest priority country of action (or international)

INTERNATIONAL

Second priority country of action (or international)

PALESTINE
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Organization: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Committee, Union County (NJ) Peace Council

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