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No More Hiroshimas Rally, 12.30pm Saturday August 6, 2022 at the State Library

July 26, 2022 IN WIP
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The PEN Melbourne Peace Committee is supporting the coalition organising this important rally.
On 6 August 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing some 150,000 civilians.
A few days later, another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
We need to organise so this crime against humanity is never repeated.
That means organising to stop the drive to war today, with the danger of nuclear confrontation between the US and Russia, and the US and China.
Australia is part of this race to destruction, joining the AUKUS pact with the US and the UK and committing to building eight nuclear-powered submarines costing the people $170 billion. This is at a time of urgent social and economic needs of Australia’s people and the environment.
Join as we rally to demand:
* No more Hiroshimas
* Peace not war
* No to AUKUS
* No nuclear submarines
* Free Julian Assange and Drop the charges against David McBride
Speakers will include John Shipton, father of Julian Assange.
After speakers the rally will join a cultural community gathering Singing for Peace at 2 pm, Trades Hall, commemorating Hiroshima, led by Melbourne community choirs, including the Victorian Trade Union Choir, Brunswick Rogues Choir, Serenading Adela singers leading the audience in songs.
For more rally information, or see Facebook page:

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