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70 Years After Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Ever-Present Nuclear Threat

August 6, 2015 - August 6, 2015
Portland, Oregon

Our thanks to everyone who attended 70 Years After Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Ever-Present Nuclear Threat. Held on August 6th, 2015 at the Japanese American Historical Plaza on the Portland waterfront, the event was a great success. More than 350 people were in attendance to memorialize the victims of nuclear weapons and to get more engaged in the movement for a nuclear-free future.

The event, which marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, featured speakers including atomic bomb survivor Michiko Kornhauser, Marshall Islands representative Joe Enlet, and anti-nuclear activist Carol Urner, along with emcee Ronault LS Catalani and performances by Portland Taiko, Tomodachi Chorus, and Sahomi Tachibana.

In addition to informing and entertaining our audience, we also engaged them in our efforts to end the threat of nuclear weapons. We collected more than 120 petition signatures encouraging the Obama administration to sign the Humanitarian Pledge to Ban Nuclear Weapons and added many new emails to our weekly action alert list.

We also participated in and sponsored a number of related events. Working with members of Peace and Justice Works on The Zones Project, volunteers distributed posters around the Portland metro area reminding people of the grim reality of the destructive power of nuclear weapons. We sponsored Concordia University’s Educating for Peace: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a nuclear weapons-themed poetry event that included Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears, past Washington Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, Leah Stenson, Allison Cobb, and 2015 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship winner Chelsea Lin. We also sponsored the Educating for Peace Art Exhibit, which included pieces from the Hiroshima Ground Zero Museum and new work by artist Yukiyo Kawano.

Event sponsors included Oregon PSR, Ainsworth United Church of Christ, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, APANO, Bridge City Friends Meeting, Concordia University Libraries, Dharma Rain Zen Center, First Unitarian Church Peace Action Group, Interfaith Council of Greater Portland, Japanese Ancestral Society of Portland, Japanese Garden Society, Jubitz Family Foundation War Prevention Initiative, KBOO 90.7 FM, Multnomah Meeting of Friends, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Hiroshima Club, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Peace and Justice Works, Portland JACL, Portland Japanese Garden Society, SGI-USA Buddhists, Tom Dwyer Automotive Service, United Nations Association Portland Chapter, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72 and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

View photos from the event.

View the event flyer.

Resources

  • Nuclear Famine: A Billion People at Risk Report

    Newly generated data on the decline in agricultural production that would follow a limited, regional nuclear war in South Asia support the concern that more than one billion people would be in danger of starvation. Epidemic disease and further conflict spawned by such a famine would put additional hundreds of millions at risk. Read more »

  • Don't Bank on the Bomb Report

    Don’t Bank on the Bomb is the first major global report on the financing of companies that manufacture, modernize and maintain nuclear weapons and their delivery vehicles. It identifies more than 300 banks, insurance companies, pension funds and asset managers from 30 countries that invest significantly in 20 major nuclear weapons producers. Read more »