MUA welcomes Peace Boat with survivors of the Hiroshima bombing bringing anti-nuclear message to Australia

The Peace Boat, a passenger ship that travels the world to promote peace and opposition to nuclear weapons, is visiting Australia on its’ 96th voyage. The visit is part of the Making Waves speaking tour featuring nuclear survivors from Japan and Australia. Peace Boat’s voyage to Australia will occur from 24 January to the 6 February 2018.

The boat is run by a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organisation that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

Warren Smith MUA Assistant National Secretary said, “The MUA has a long and proud history of anti-nuclear and peace activism recognising peace is union business and that it is workers who suffer the burden of war.”

“Military aggression must be opposed and the Peace Boat celebrated at a time when the perpetrators of the first atomic weapons strike have a president in Donald Trump who is openly returning us the darkest days of the nuclear war threat, all apparently supported by our US puppet Turnbull, said Smith

MUA members are encouraged to visit the 'Peace Boat' when it berths in various ports.

The Peace Boat schedule in Australia is:

Fremantle, Australia, January 24-25, 2018

Adelaide, Australia, January 29, 2018

Melbourne, Australia, January 31, 2018

Hobart, Australia, February 2, 2018

Sydney, Australia, February 5-6, 2018

MUA members will welcome the Peace Boat on Monday February 5 in Sydney (meeting 7am for 730am boarding) to welcome nuclear bomb survivors from Japan and Australia, evacuated Fukushima farmers and 800 other people who have joined the 96th voyage of the Peace Boat to listen and learn about the impacts of nuclear weapons.

Assistant Branch Secretary Joe Deakin will be speaking at the official welcome on behalf of the MUA.

About the Peace Boat

Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world.

The  MUA is supporting the public forum being held on Monday 5 February 2018 at 6:00pm at Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern, Sydney, NSW

MUA members are encouraged to attend to hear first-hand accounts of the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and the growing international movement to ban them forever.

 Speakers include:

   Miyake Nobuo, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

   Hasegawa Hanako and Hasegawa Kenichi, former dairy farmers evacuated from Itate village, Fukushima

   Karina Lester, Yankunytjatjara-Anangu second-generation nuclear test survivor

   Scott Ludlam, former federal Senator and ICAN Ambassador

   Zach Wone, MUA Sydney Branch ATSI Committee Secretary