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How Can We Create a Nuclear-Free World? Not Another Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or Fukushima.

August 7, 2011 - August 7, 2011
Portland, Oregon

 

Join Oregon PSR and our partner organizations for a commemoration of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the current nuclear disaster at Fukushima, with an opportunity for you to get involved in creating a nuclear-free future.

When: Sunday, August 7th, 2011, 1:00-4:00 pm (with guest speakers from 2:00-3:00 pm)

Where: Japanese American Historical Plaza (Portland Waterfront at NW Naito Parkway & Couch Street)

We are expanding this year’s event, which is free and open to the public, to a 3-hour afternoon fair that will include informational booths, activities and speakers to engage participants in learning about, and taking action for, a world free of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power. The formal program of speakers will be from 2:00-3:00 PM, with live music and other activities running throughout the afternoon. We are excited to announce that popular local bands The Slants and Portland Taiko will be performing, noted peace activist Kathy Kelly will speak, and that the commemoration will be part of the program of the 2011 Veterans for Peace National Convention, which is being held in Portland this year.

Activity booths include:

  • Family-friendly crafts such as making origami cranes and peace books
  • Photo exhibit on the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Opportunities to take action for nuclear abolition and peace
  • Information about supporting alternatives to nuclear power

Performances by:

  • The Slants
  • Portland Taiko
  • Himawari (Sunflower) Chorus
  • Yukiko Vossen and Peter Zisa
  • Chisao Hata (Remember my Face, a poem)

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Hideko Tamura Snider, Hiroshima survivor and author of One Sunny Day
  • Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence
  • Erica Maranowski, recent Jefferson H.S. graduate and winner of the 2011 Oregon PSR Greenfield Peace Writing Contest
  • Gene Ruyle, member of the East Bay Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Oakland, CA
  • State Senator Chip Shields
  • Sean Egusa, recently returned from disaster relief efforts in Japan
  • Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
  • Rev. David Komeji of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple

COSPONSORED BY: Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Dharma Rain Zen Center, First Unitarian Peace Action Committee, Greenpeace, Hanford Challenge, KBOO Radio, Living Earth, Metanoia Peace Community, Multnomah Meeting of Friends Peace & Social Concerns Committee, Oregon Hiroshima Club, Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, a project of Ecumenical Ministries, Peace & Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland Japanese American Citizens League, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Sierra Club, SGI-Buddhists, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, War Resisters League and others.

Invite your friends and family, and plan to join us on the Portland waterfront on August 7th!

To view the press release for this event, please go here.

To download the full-page flyer for this event and help us spread the word, please go here. For quarter-page flyers, please go here. To help us spread the word through Facebook, please go here.

 

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