|Socialist Party USA: Recent Statements
Solidarity with the People of Japan
by Andrea Pason and Billy Wharton, co-chairs Socialist Party USA
15, 2011 - The Socialist Party USA extends its most sincere wishes of
sympathy and solidarity to the people of Japan as they suffer from the
greatest tragedy since World War II. We have watched in horror as the
deadly Tsunami wiped out whole towns, killing tens of thousands of
people. Even areas that were left untouched by the direct
devastation are now suffering from shortages in the most basic and
vital supplies to
ensure people’s health and welfare.
We support the efforts of International relief organizations who are
responding to the crisis. We also call for the substantial
resources of the US government to be used in the initiative to relieve
the suffering of the Japanese people. It is moments like this
where we recognize, and others should realize, how important the
kind of global connectedness necessary to create an international
system based on solidarity and mutual cooperation is most necessary.
Political statements seem out of order given the depth of human
suffering. However, we are also quite concerned about the
potential dangers facing the Japanese people and people around the
world from the damaged nuclear reactors. Though the storm was a natural
phenomenon, the dangers inherent in nuclear energy, not to mention
nuclear arms, are not; they were created by human hands.
We pledge and hope others will as well, to redouble efforts to end the
“Nuclear Renaissance” currently underway in the US and hope other
countries will do the same in ending the use of nuclear energy and the
elimination of nuclear arms stockpiles worldwide. This is
especially critical now as we see first hand the added devastation from
the release of unknown amounts of radiation from the meltdown of
possibly multiple nuclear power plants. We can only guess at the
added cost of life, and fear the unknown effects on future generations.
Only a program of green renewable energy forms can meet the long-term
demands for energy while ensuring the safety of the world’s population.
Today, we stand together with the Japanese people who are struggling to
deal with this most terrible tragedy. There are no words that can
effectively convey our sincerest sympathies to the people of Japan at
this dark devastating time.
We hold on to the hope inherent in socialism that even in the darkest
moment of disaster, a better world is possible. We hope that our
simple message of solidarity to the people of Japan and to the family
members here and around the world dealing with loss of loved ones may
contribute in some small way, to raising the spirits of those in
despair and to building greater links of friendship in the future.