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Commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki Throughout Oregon

August 2, 2014 - August 9, 2014

We hope that you will join us in commemorating the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 2014 marks the 69th anniversary of the bombings, and we will once again use this opportunity to educate on the serious public health threat posed by nuclear weapons and to call for nuclear abolition. There are events being organized around the state in Portland, Ashland, and Eugene.

The Old and New Faces of Nuclear Weapons

Oregon PSR and our community partners invite you to the annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Portland.

When: Wednesday, August 6th, 2014, 6-7 PM

Where: Japanese American Historical Plaza at Waterfront Park (NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street in downtown Portland)

The theme for this year’s event is The Old and New Faces of Nuclear Weapons. We chose this to emphasize how nuclear weapons have evolved over time from their tragic use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the uranium munitions used in modern warfare and ever more dangerous weapons currently being developed.

Our speakers include Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who has sponsored new legislation to cut funding for nuclear weapons, and retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, who famously resigned her State Department position in protest of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Along with emcee Chisao Hata, we will have a musical performance by en Taiko, an interactive art project by Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis entitled River Shadow Scroll, and opportunities for YOU to get more involved in creating a future free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

Download the event flyer.

Join this event on Facebook.

Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons: The Hanford Connection

On August 2nd, featured speaker Chuck Johnson, Director of the Oregon/Washington PSR Joint Task Force on Nuclear Power, will give a free presentation “Nuclear Power & Nuclear Weapons: The Hanford Connection” in Ashland, Oregon.

When: August 2nd beginning at 7:00 PM

Where: Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (87 Fourth Street in Ashland)

Download the flyer for this and other commemoration events in Ashland.

Eugene Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration

When: Wednesday, August 6th, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Where: Alton Baker Park (100 Day Island Road in Eugene)

The annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration in Eugene will take place at Alton Baker Park's small shelter, located near the duck pond. A 6:30 PM community potluck will be followed by a 7:30 PM program featuring statements from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, drumming by Eugene Taiko, Obon dancing and music by the Yujin Gakuen Children’s Peace Choir. The event will close at dusk with the floating of candle lanterns on the duck pond. The ceremony honors those who died when the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

For more information contact Michael Carrigan of CALC at 541-485-1755.

Rogue Valley and Ashland Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration

When an educational maze winds around the edge of the Ashland Plaza, providing information about the dangers of nuclear technology as colorful origami peace cranes dance with the warm August breezes, it signals the  29th annual peace vigil is underway.

When: August 6th through 9th (view the event schedule)

Where: Ashland Plaza and surrounding area

This year's theme is “Stop The Madness: Create a S.A.N.E. World”, in recognition of current legislation in the U.S. Senate and House to cut $100 billion from nuclear weapons modernization programs, without jeopardizing national security.

View the event flyer for the full schedule of activities.

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 »