Greetings from the Philippines! Hello Aichi!
It’s an honor for me to be part again of this year’s International Youth Relay Peace March!
I read a lot of news lately about the successful demonstration in New York and the positive outcome of the NPT review. I also read about the thousand people rallied in Yokohama, Okinawa and recently in Tokyo. It clearly shows a growing people’s awareness about the many issues we need to face and confront.
Last year I got the chance to join the Tokyo-Kanagawa course of the Peace March. It was a very inspiring experience for me. I was able to understand the meaning, mechanics and essence of doing this kind of demonstration. I witnessed the current situation of Japan’s working class, the effects of living near the US military bases, politics and many more. Every day I am happy to meet new friends and learn from them.
The Peace March has been consistent in its goal for the promotion of peace, justice, nuclear abolition, and many other social issues. It’s very inspiring to see a lot of people from all walks of life, all generations, and foreign delegates gather to promote peace and nuclear abolition.
This year I will be here in Aichi and Gifu to walk with you. We are doing an International Youth Relay Peace March where young marchers from the Philippines, USA, and of course Japan will complete the Tokyo-Hiroshima course. One of our main goals is to inspire young people and invite them to be part of our campaign. And for them to be encouraged and active in promoting peace, climate, environment and social justice.
We will be documenting our daily activities in our blog/website at heiwakoshindesu.wordpress.com and Facebook: Peace March Journals. In order for us to share our experience through our reflections, photos, poems, art and music to fellow peace loving people from all over the world.
70 years ago when World War II ends, but it’s also the start of the sufferings of our innocent victims of Nuclear bombs.
Let us support and be the voice for the Hibakushas and tell our leaders to promote the culture of justice, respect, peace and solidarity. Let us pave the way for the next generation the peaceful life that we all deserve and aspire for.
I hope to learn about your struggles for peace and nuclear abolition here in Japan as I also look forward to sharing our situation and struggles in the Philippines. Together, we will succeed. Our solidarity will pave the way for a peaceful and nuclear free world for us and the future generation.
Let us walk for peace!
No more hibakusha!, no more Hiroshima, no more Nagasaki, no more Fukushima, no more weapons!, No more war!, No TPP!, Uphold the Article 9!
We shall overcome!
Magiting joined this year’s Peace March in Aichi and Gifu Prefectures from May 31 to June 16, 2015. He shared updates, photos and videos at the Peace March Journals Facebook Page.