Campaign Nonviolence organizer, Wally Inglis, and other activists have set up a regular vigil in Honolulu to protest the warning sirens occurring there to deal with the threat of an attack from North Korea.
Wally said in an interview with a local paper, “We’re saying there is really no defense against nuclear weapons,”… “Our message is that the only shelter is peace. The sirens are giving us the illusion that at some point we’re going to run into a shelter or go under a desk and we’ll be safe. We’re saying we should get rid of the weapons.”
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, held similar vigils in the 1950’s. Jim Forest wrote that, “Such preparation for attack seemed to Day part of an attempt to promote nuclear war as survivable and winnable and to justify spending billions on the military. When the sirens sounded June 15, 1955, Day was among a small group of people sitting in front of City Hall. “In the name of Jesus, who is God, who is Love, we will not obey this order to pretend, to evacuate, to hide. We will not be drilled into fear. We do not have faith in God if we depend upon the Atom Bomb,” a Catholic Worker leaflet explained. Day described her civil disobedience as an act of penance for America’s use of nuclear weapons on Japanese cities.”
Joining Wally in Hawaii was Ann Wright, a retired United States Army colonel. She posted a short video on Facebook about the vigil, see below.