a coalition partner of the
Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
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The "Bell of Peace" model was sent as a gift by the Mayor of Nagasaki to the City of Richland, Washington, on the 40th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Richland is the home of the Hanford Nuclear Site, where the plutonium for the Nagasaki atomic bomb was produced.
The original Bell, a symbol of peace in Nagasaki, was recovered near ground zero from the ruins of Urakami Cathedral and rung everyday to console the survivors of the atomic bombing. Richland's "Bell of Peace" model is rung every August 9 at the Atomic Cities Peace Memorial ceremony.
In accordance with the Memorial's theme of reconciliation, the "Bell of Peace" is rung for those who died on both sides of the war for the Americans who died at Pearl Harbor as well as for the Japanese who died in Nagasaki.
to an interview about Richland's "Bell of Peace" on Northwest Public Radio,
August 8, 2005.
Letters from the Mayors of Nagasaki
"World Citizens for Peace and The Bomb"
Website updated February 2014.
Welcome to the World Citizens for Peace website. We appreciate your taking a few minutes to stop by and we invite you to stay as long as you wish while exploring the available resources.
World Citizens for Peace is dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons and war. It is the only peace and nuclear disarmament organization at the Hanford Nuclear Site, where plutonium was produced for the Trinity test, the Nagasaki atomic bomb, and most of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
WCPeace considers the existence of nuclear weapons the greatest threat to all life on earth. We work for the abolition of nuclear weapons, reduction of militarism and the global trade in conventional weapons, and peaceful resolution of conflicts at all levels of society. WCPeace does not deal with the issues of nuclear power, nuclear waste, or the environmental, health, and safety aspects of the military and civilian nuclear industries. Our goals and activities are listed in more detail below.
In spite of our globally-oriented name, World Citizens for Peace is a local organization. It was founded in 1982 by residents of the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco), Washington, as part of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign. [Founding Statement] The name of the organization reflects the need for individual and collective allegiance to the principles of peace and nonviolence throughout the world. The independent, all-volunteer organization [Officers] is nonpartisan and nonprofit.
If you are interested in joining us as a member or in supporting our work for peace in the Hanford community with a donation, you will find a form below.
In your own work for peace, please remember the words of Francis of Assisi:
"While you are proclaiming peace
with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
Peace and love,
Co-founder and Chairman
"Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind."
- William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879
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1. Take all nuclear weapons off high-alert (launch on 15-minute warning) to avoid accidental catastrophes.
2. Enact a policy of "no first use" of nuclear weapons.
3. Stop the development and deployment of a ballistic missile defense system.
4. Negotiate an international treaty to outlaw nuclear
1. Rescind the two-war doctrine and reduce active-duty military.
2. Reduce military spending by 50% and direct the savings to domestic needs and debt reduction.
3. Reduce military aid to underdeveloped nations and
increase humanitarian aid.
1. Enact a national energy policy that moves the United States toward energy independence.
2. Enact policies toward the Middle East and Latin America
that support democratic government, human rights, and the provision of an equitable
standard of living.
1. Increase public awareness of peace issues and U.S. militarism.
2. Increase peace education with emphasis on youth.
3. Advocate for non-violent conflict resolution at an
individual, community, national, and international level.
Our newsletter, PeaceMeal - Food for Thought, is published every other month.
An annual business meeting is held in February. Other meetings are held as needed.
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If you would like to change these priorities, join us in World Citizens for Peace.
Together we can make it a better world.
"No one makes a greater
mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little."
- Edmond Burke, 1729-1797
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