The Militarization of the African continent, the Scramble for Natural Resources, and People's Resistance Movements Thursday, April 12th at 7pm at WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W, White Plains, NY 10607 (free parking available on site - park on upper level). Join the WESPAC Community as we welcome the Executive Director of Friends of the Congo, Maurice Carney, who works for a Washington, DC based non-profit dedicated to educating Americans about the crisis in the Congo. Over six million Congolese have been killed in the past few years (more than half of them under the age of 5) due to proxy wars being fought in the Congo for access to Congo's vast resources including gold, diamonds, copper and cobalt (that we all use now in our cell phones). We hear very little about the enormous suffering of the Congolese as a result of these resource wars and as a result of rebel groups protecting American corporate interests in the region. Please consider taking the time to join us for this important evening discussion.
The UN describes these corporations as the "engine of the conflict". They include: Cabot Corporation, Boston, MA OM Group, Cleveland, Ohio AVX, Myrtle Beach, SC Eagle Wings Resources International, Ohio Trinitech International, Ohio Kemet Electronics Corporation, Greenville, SC Vishay Sprague. Malvern, PA
This event is free and open to the public. Contributions to support Maurice's work will be requested. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 914.449.6514. ... See MoreSee Less
Friends of the Congo at WESPAC
April 12, 2018, 7:00pm - April 12, 2018, 8:30pm
The Militarization of the African continent, the Scramble for Natural Resources, and People's Resistance Movements
Thursday, April 12th at 7pm at WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W, White Plains, NY ...
The undersigned join in strong support of the recent determination by the Parole Board to grant release to Mr. Herman Bell. This decision is the right outcome in this case based on the criteria used t...
We will be featuring information about each of WESPAC's honorees in the coming days for folks who are taking out congratulatory ads for the April 26th Awards Dinner:
Taken from Voice of America (link posted below)
Hiroshima Survivor Recalls Day Atomic Bomb Was Dropped On August 5, 1945, in Washington and August 6, in Japan, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. It was the first of 2 U.S. nuclear attacks on Japan that hastened the end of World War II and set the stage for the post-war nuclear arms race.
In 1945, Tomiko Morimoto was a 13-year-old schoolgirl. She recalls feeling no particular fear when she and her classmates heard the lone American B-29 bomber droning through the cloudless skies above Hiroshima. Her city had never been bombed, and she assumed the plane was simply on a reconnaissance mission, like the others she had seen.
Then she saw the flash. "You know how you see the bright sun that's going down on a very hot day? Bright red -- orange red. That's what it was like," she recalls. "After we heard a big noise like a 'BOONG!' 'BOONG!' Like that. That was the sound."
After the sound, she recalls, "everything started falling down; all the buildings started flying around all over the place. Then something wet started coming down, like rain. I guess that's what they call black rain. In my child's mind, I thought it was oil. I thought the Americans were going to burn us to death. And we kept running. And fire was coming out right behind us, you know."
Adults at the school led Tomiko and her classmates across the Motoyasu River to a plateau on the outskirts of Hiroshima, and told them to wait for family members to come get them. All night long, they watched their city burning below. The next morning, no parents had come, and the children were released to find their way home on their own. For Ms. Morimoto, that meant trying to find a bridge into the city that had not been destroyed.
She remembers seeing "dead people all over. All over! Particularly, I can remember… I saw a Japanese soldier that was still mounted right on his horse -- just dead! Also that a streetcar had stopped just at that moment [of the bomb] and the people still standing, dead."
Finally, Ms. Morimoto says she found a bridge she and her classmates could cross safely - a railroad bridge. She recalls looking down through the spaces between the railroad ties. Normally, one would see the river flowing there underneath. But she says, instead she saw "a sea of dead people. There was not one space for the water, just people lying there and dead."
Survivors she encountered begged for water. "Mainly, I just wanted to find my people. Finally -- finally! -- I reached home and of course my home was gone and I couldn't find anybody."
The only person who recognized Ms. Morimoto was a family hired man, who told her her grandparents had taken refuge with some neighbors in a certain nearby cave.
"And I found my grandmother and grandfather among them. Of course my grandfather was terribly hurt," she says. "He had glass lodged all over his back, bleeding. My grandmother, she wasn't hurt but she couldn't stand up from shock. My mother, I didn't find her for a week or so, and she was burned underneath a building. I hoped she died instantly."
Tomiko Morimoto now lives in rural, upstate New York. She says surviving the bombing of Hiroshima has made her appreciate even the smallest things. "I go out the first thing in the morning and look at the sky and the sun and I am very appreciative of everything I have right now. You don't always have that," she says. "I carry that [sad] emotion, yes, and when I talk about it, it comes back. And I just take my hand and I erase the picture from in my mind. And that's how I cope with it."
But she also lives with fear. "I'm always afraid as more countries have the atomic bomb. I fear the end of the world," she says. "I would say never let there be another bombing like that. We all have to work towards peace. That's the only way I can summarize it."
Please come out and join me at this important event. I have copies of this book at WESPAC that I would love for you to read ahead of April 10th: ... See MoreSee Less
An Evening to End Solitary Confinement at WESPAC
April 10, 2018, 6:30pm - April 10, 2018, 8:00pm
New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement
Tuesday, April 10th, 6:30pm to 8pm
at WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Road, Suite 2W, White Plains, NY 10607
We will be joined by Cynthia Williams, a 2...