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The Historic, Anti-Nuclear Sailboat Golden Rule Arrives in Hawaii on Pacific Voyage to Hiroshima, Japan

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Photo of protests in Honolulu of nuclear tests & of the arrests of the Golden Rule crew.
Photo of protests in Honolulu of nuclear tests & of the arrests of the Golden Rule crew.
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Atmospheric and underwater nuclear testing was finally stopped in 1963 with the signing of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom.

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The first leg of the voyage began on July 6, 2019 as the Golden Rule sailed from San Diego headed for her first stop -- Hilo, Hawaii. The trip will take approximately three weeks with the Golden Rule arriving in Hilo on July 31, 2019. The Golden Rule will stay in the waters around the Big Island of Hawaii for the month of August (Hilo Aug 1-27 and Kona Aug 29-Sept 8) before heading for the island of Maui on Sept 11 where she will remain until September 29. She will visit Lanai October 1-8 and Molokai October 10-17. She will be in Oahu waters October 20-December 1. She will be in Kauai December 4-15 before departing from the Marshall Islands. In each of the islands, crew members will be speaking in schools and to civic groups about the continuing dangers of nuclear weapons to the safety of our planet.

Voyage is planned for Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Hiroshima, Japan.  Other locations listed on map are other potential ports-of call on nuclear issues.
Voyage is planned for Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Hiroshima, Japan. Other locations listed on map are other potential ports-of call on nuclear issues.
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Voyage is planned for Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Guam, Okinawa and Hiroshima, Japan. Other locations listed on map are other potential ports-of call on nuclear issues.

In the Castle Bravo test, the U.S. detonated a 15-megaton device equivalent to a thousand Hiroshima blasts.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1954.  In the Castle Bravo test the U.S. detonated a 15-megaton device equivalent to a thousand Hiroshima blasts.
Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, 1954. In the Castle Bravo test the U.S. detonated a 15-megaton device equivalent to a thousand Hiroshima blasts.
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In December, 2019, the Captain and crew of the Golden Rule will sail to the Marshall Islands where the U.S. nuclear testing from 1946 to 1958 blew up several islands and atolls and radiated many Marshallese who are still suffering from the effects of the nuclear explosions. The combined explosive power of all the bombs dropped on the Marshall Islands during that 12-year period equals 1.6 Hiroshima-size explosions per day.

After a month in the Marshall Islands the Golden Rule will sail to Guam where the U.S. military is increasing the size of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Air Force facilities. The next stops will be Saipan and Okinawa, the site of many U.S. military bases.

The Golden Rule will arrive in Hiroshima, Japan prior to the August 6, 2020 commemoration the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of that city and of Nagasaki.

On May 1, Hawaiian elder Puna Kalama Dawson from Kauai flew from Hawaii to San Diego to give an invitation and a blessing for the Golden Rule to come to Hawaii. She thanked Veterans for Peace, the Captain and crew for their commitment to peace in the world and for using the vessel as an educational vehicle for discussions about folly of nuclear weapons.

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