NO MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!
Join our February 19 protest against nuclear power.
A group of citizens located around the Suginami-ku area has joined forces to share their common desire for a future that does not rely on nuclear energy. We call ourselves “Uzomuzo”, which means the masses, or the rabble; we welcome members regardless of age, profession, employer, nationality or organizational affiliations. Each of us is an individual with something to say: for too long, we were unconcerned about where the electricity we used came from; we lacked the capacity to do anything about government policy; maybe we now regret that we knew it was problematic but looked the other way. Whatever our individual reasons are, we have now banded together to demand an end to the use of nuclear energy. We will not allow this threat to the futures of our children, our grandchildren, and the generations to follow them. The world must not forget the people of Fukushima who had to leave their homes because of the radiation, those who made the choice to stay there, and those who have been exposed to radiation but continue to work at the accident site.
We can no longer continue to contaminate our earth with radiation. We must share the pain of our people, and establish an open dialogue. At the core of our numerous claims is this: we must abandon nuclear energy. Immediately. The off-line reactors must not be restarted. Here in Suginami-ku, where Japan’s movement against atomic and hydrogen bombs was born in 1954, we are standing up once again so that our voices will be heard.
You are invited to Uzoumuzo’s first demonstration on the 19th of February. We will depart from Sanshi-no Mori Park (蚕糸の森公園) in Koenji. There will be musicians. There will be Awa-Odori dancers, Okinawa Eisa dancers, there will be taiko drummers. There will be mothers wheeling their babies. And in this lively, friendly atmosphere we will march on behalf of something very important. You are welcome to come and cheer us on. You are even more welcome to walk with us and raise a placard with us. Raise your voice with us.
Whether or not you live in Suginami-ku, we hope you will join us on the 19th of February at Sanshi-no Mori Park (Koenji) from 13:00.