NEW YORK, August 6—Sixty four years after the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima, World Without Wars/USA and the Center of Cultures will stage a “die-in” for peace in New York City paying silent tribute to the millions of deaths caused by various wars and conflicts over the last century. The unusual event is one of thousands planned globally in association with the World March for Peace and Nonviolence (www.worldmarchusa.net) to generate awareness of the global threat of nuclear proliferation and its commitment to zero-tolerance for nuclear arms.
“It’s important to mark this day not only to remember what happened but to prevent a future nuclear disaster,” says World March spokesperson Chris Wells. “The situation is far more dangerous and unstable than many people realize. There is a growing call for abolition, in the UN, with Obama and Medvedev, and civil initiatives like the World March for Peace and Nonviolence and Global Zero. But we need to build momentum from the grass roots to make sure it happens.”
Scheduled for Hiroshima Day, Thursday, August 6, the Die-in for Peace will feature small groups of “nuclear phantoms” fanning peacefully through midtown wearing white makeup and coveralls on which the deathtolls of various 20th century conflicts will be written. The event will end with a silent gathering of phantoms converging in Time Square.