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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Hanford: A Tragic Connection

August 6, 2013 - August 6, 2013
Portland, Oregon

Our sincere appreciation to everyone who donated to and attended Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Hanford: A Tragic Connection on August 6th, 2013.

August 6th and 9th of 2013 marked the 68th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As we have for many years, Oregon PSR utilized this opportunity to educate our community regarding the very real threat posed by nuclear weapons and to mobilize Oregonians to act to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again. This year's commemoration was one of our most well-attended events ever, and we could not have made it happen without your support. Thank you!

This year we commemorated the lives lost at Hiroshima and Nagasaki while exploring our region’s inextricable relationship to the bombings. The plutonium used in the “Fat Man” weapon, which killed so many tens of thousands at Nagasaki, was created at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, WA, which sits on the Columbia River just a few hours east of Portland. As a result of nearly half a century of producing materials for nuclear weapons, Hanford is now considered one of the most dangerously polluted places on Earth.

Our speakers explored Hanford’s connection to the bombing of Nagasaki, highlighting the lethal cycle of nuclear weapons from production to actual use. Speakers included Twyla Malchow-Hay (2013 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship winner), Kayla Godowa-Tufti (tribal rights activist of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs), and Chuck Johnson (Director of the Oregon/Washington PSR Joint Task Force on Nuclear Power). Our Master of Ceremonies was Jeff Selby (City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights) and the opening invocation was led by Reverend Myosho Obata (Portland Nichirin Buddhist Temple). We also had the amazing Portland Taiko drum group performing, along with the Satori Men's Chorus.

Following our event on the waterfront, we joined our coalition partners at the Oregon Nikkei Endowment for a special art exhibition at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW 2nd Avenue in Portland). Two art exhibitions, Black Rain: Memories, Histories, Places, Bodies by artist Yukiyo Kawano, and Shadows, by artists Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis, powerfully explored the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki through installation pieces, performance and photographic prints. We led a ceremonial walk from the waterfront over to the Legacy Center, and the event there was very well received.

For more information or to get involved in planning our 2014 commemoration event, please contact us by email or call 503-274-2720.

Download the event flyer.


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