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06Aug
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary Peace Vigil: Friday, August 6, Waltham Common
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Main Street & Moody Street
Date: August 06, 2021 to August 06, 2021
Where: Main Street & Moody Street, Main St & Moody St,, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, 02451
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Other
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Waltham Concerned Citizens (WCC) will sponsor a vigil to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Friday, August 6, from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., at the corner of Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common. The first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The civilian death toll was 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. The United States is one of nine global nuclear powers, which together possess nearly 13,500 nuclear weapons, with U.S. and Russia holding over 90 percent. The United States, the first to have developed and deployed them, is the only nation to have used them. The international arms control agreements that for decades provided a level of security against nuclear conflict have been steadily eroded this century. In the last four years the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran Deal), the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and the Open Skies Treaty. And while President Biden has agreed to extend by another five years the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 2011 (New START) with Russia and has made efforts to rejoin the Iran deal, he has reneged on his campaign pledges for nuclear disarmament and arms control. Biden has announced the U.S. will not rejoin the Open Skies Treaty of 1992 and is continuing the multi-decade program to “modernize” the nuclear arsenal that has already led to the development and alarming deployment of the so called “low-yield,” more easily used warheads. Nuclear weapons program costs continue to skyrocket: In FY2018, $22.4 billion of U.S. tax dollars ($727.24 million for Massachusetts alone) were spent on nuclear weapons. The nuclear weapons “modernization” program has increased each year and may cost as much as $1.7 trillion. President Biden has requested $43 billion for nuclear weapons for FY 2022, almost five times the entire budget for the CDC and
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