Public Witness August 06, 2021 at 3:00pm - 5pm Mid-Atlantic Howard and Bank Streets New London, CT 06320 United States Contact person: The CT Committee for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

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It was a long time ago, but it is still important. On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped a new bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was morning, children were walking to school, workers to their jobs, the whole city was waking up. When the bomb dropped tens of thousands of people were turned to ash in an instant, people became shadows on the wall.
Here in New London, General Dynamics/Electric Boat is making so much money designing and building nuclear submarines. Each of those 12 new subs can be armed with 16 Trident D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, or SLBMs, which have a range of 4,500 miles and can carry as many as 14 W-76-1 thermonuclear warheads. Each one of those warheads is six times more powerful than the atomic bomb that the U.S. military detonated over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Start multiplying 12 times 16 times 14 times 6 and there isn’t enough world to destroy with math like that. After all, the single Hiroshima bomb, "small" as it was, killed an estimated 140,000 people and turned the city to rubble and ash.
The best way to understand the Columbia class submarine, then, is as a $100 billion-plus initiative that aims to deliver 16,128 Hiroshimas.
We must say no to nuclear weapons. We call for abolition. We say yes to a better future.

Join us on Friday, August 6 from 3pm to 5pm at the corners of Bank & Howard Streets in New London. We will have signs and banners to share, as well as a water station in the shade nearby.

Safety & Nonviolence Guidelines:
(1) I will wear a mask at all times if I am not vaccinated.
(2) I will keep a distance of 6 feet from others not part of my household.
(3) My attitude will be one of openness and respect toward all I encounter.
(4) I will not use physical violence or verbal abuse toward any person.
(5) I will not damage any property.
(6) I will not bring or use any alcohol or drugs other than for medical purposes.
(7) I will not carry any weapons.

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