Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area

For the past 41years, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area has been organizing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and power and in support of nuclear victims. We believe that if the world is to avoid repeating the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must strive to keep alive the memory of the bombings. The atomic bombings serve as a warning to humanity of the genocidal nature of nuclear weapons, and the pressing need for their abolishment. We link our work for nuclear disarmament with our opposition to militarism, oppression, social injustice, and environmental degradation.

Contact John Steinbach at 703-822-3485 or johnsteinbach1@verizon.net


Friday, October 14, 6-8pm White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Dear Friends,

To protest against the escalating threat of nuclear omnicide, and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee, in coordination with Defuse Nuclear War, is planning a NO NUCLEAR WAR protest on Friday, October 14 from 6 to 8pm on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. We are calling for negotiations not war. This protest is part of a national campaign by Defuse Nuclear War. <https://defusenuclearwar.org>

This month is the 60th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis when, for thirteen days, the entire world lived in terror of nuclear catastrophe. I was a sophomore in high school in Dexter, Michigan and remember vividly daily “duck and cover” drills. Luckily, that time and several times since then, the World narrowly escaped nuclear annihilation.

Unfortunately, we are again facing the threat of imminent nuclear war. This current threat is precipitated by the war in Ukraine where the threat of direct conflict between NATO and Russia grows daily. For the US and NATO, the issue is about Ukraine’s self-determination. For Russia the issue is about the existential threat to Russia itself. For most of the world the issue is about humanity’s survival. Seemingly daily, nuclear threats and counter threats are being thrown around and communication between the parties seems virtually nonexistent. Positions have been taken that seemingly foreclose meaningful communication,

Although the current nuclear crisis has been precipitated by the Ukraine conflict, several other factors are driving it:

  • The ongoing environmental/global warming catastrophe coupled with resource depletion, necessitating radical changes in consumption and lifestyle, especially in the “developed” world;
  • The ongoing political paradigm shift from a unipolar world, dominated by the US, to a multipolar world exemplified by the current standoff with China over Taiwan;
  • The current global financial crisis caused by the COVID pandemic and exacerbated by blowback from the Russia sanctions.

These interlinked factors have led the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to set the Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight, the closest moment to doomsday ever!

Please plan to participate in the NO NUCLEAR WAR protest on October 14. Bring your banners and protest signs. To endorse the action or for more information, contact the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee at 703-822-3485 or visit our website at <hiroshimapeacecommittee.net>

In Struggle,

John Steinbach for the

Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area

Abolish Nuclear Weapons