Peace and Disarmament
SGI Launches Resources in Support of the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition
SGI has created two new resources to support the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition.
The first, a website, www.peoplesdecade.org, launched on April 2, 2009. The site features key facts and news related to nuclear abolition, as well as sections titled "Get Involved" and "Experts Say." Visitors to the site are invited to contribute their own ideas and experiences, which will add a leaf to the site's "Olive Tree of Peace." The site also has educational resources, including an explanatory leaflet that can be downloaded.
The second resource, a DVD titled "Testimonies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Women Speak Out for Peace," features interviews with eight women whose lives were devastated following the atomic bombings of the two cities. The DVD was also released on April 2 and is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and French. The Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee conducted the interviews as part of its ongoing effort to record and document the effects of war. A primary aim of the committee's work is to leave a historical record for future generations. The DVD can be viewed at the "Get Involved" section of the People's Decade website. Free copies are available for educational purposes. Please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2007, SGI launched the People's Decade for Nuclear Abolition in response to a proposal made by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. In August 2006, he called for a UN Decade of People's Action for Nuclear Abolition. The proposal also commemorated the 50th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda's 1957 declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. SGI is collaborating with other organizations in its antinuclear efforts and supports the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) initiated by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
[From the SGI Office of Public Information, Japan]