An American Hibakusha
This guide contains resources to learn more about hibakusha experiences, America's response to the bombings, the US military-industrial complex, and global efforts to denuclearize.
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"What About Us, Nagasaki Asks, as Obama’s Hiroshima Trip Nears"
(NY Times, 2016)
"While invoking Hiroshima has become a universal shorthand for the horrors of nuclear war, Nagasaki, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has mostly lived in the other city’s shadow."
America's ResponsE & The politics of Apologizing
"A Magazine Story Opened Eyes to Hiroshima’s Horror. White House Allies Plotted to Shut Them Again."
(Mother Jones, 2020)
"To thwart any potential shift in public sentiment against the attack, several officials who played key roles in building or using the bomb, including former Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson and Truman himself, plotted to take combative action to install their version of history..."
America's Military Industrial Complex & nuclear arsenal
"Defund America's Endless Wars"
(Just Security, 2020)
"What the President has made plain is the deep connection between militarized domestic policing and America’s wars abroad. Understanding this broader context means that calls to defund the police must also echo demands to end this country’s endless wars."
"Here’s how many billions the US will spend on nuclear weapons over the next decade"
(Defense News , 2019)
"If the U.S. carries out all of its plans for modernizing and maintaining the nuclear arsenal, it will cost $494 billion over the next decade, an average of just less than $50 billion per year..."
"Meet the Private Corporations Building Our Nuclear Arsenal"
(The Nation, 2015)
"In 2015, the defense industry mobilized a small army of at least 718 lobbyists and doled out more than $67 million dollars pressuring Congress for increased weapons spending generally."
"Progressives Plan to Push Big Cuts to Defense Spending, Citing Coronavirus"
(The Intercept, 2020)
"Progressives in Congress have long called for reductions to U.S. military spending, which has increased by more than $100 billion annually under Donald Trump, arguing that money would be better spent funding domestic priorities."
"11 Answers to Common Questions and Comments About Nuclear Weapons"
“All nine nuclear-armed states already have large, formidable and expensive conventional military forces so it is not evident that their possession of nuclear weapons spares them from having to invest in conventional military capacity.”
"Op-Ed: California is complicit in the buildup of nuclear weapons"
(LA Times, 2018)
"It makes no sense that Los Angeles and the state Assembly and Senate have overwhelmingly voted to reject nuclear weapons, but new weapons — more usable and meant to last decades — are being designed in labs managed and staffed by and with the blessing of the University of California."
"A New Generation Against the Bomb"
(The Nation, 2018)
"There are quite a few similarities between the struggle against guns and the struggle against the bomb. The violent, militarized masculinities associated with gun violence are the same associated with the acquisition, use, and threats of use of nuclear weapons."
"Demilitarization in the Time of Police Abolition: Korean A-bomb Survivors Demand Justice"
(Positions Politics, 2020)
"The stories of Korean A-bomb survivors reveal the interconnected histories of colonial rule and US militarism. In our current moment, as abolitionists and Black liberationists call to defund the police, it is critical that we also take stock of how militarization functions abroad."