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Out of the Shadows: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6, 2012 - August 6, 2012
Portland, Oregon


Join us for Out of the Shadows: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, our 2012 commemoration of the nuclear bombings of these two Japanese cities in August of 1945. This year's event marks the 50th anniversary of groups in Portland commemorating this unforgettable tragedy. We will have guest speakers, performers, activities, and opportunities for YOU to get involved in making sure that nuclear weapons are never used again.

When: Monday, August 6th, 2012 beginning at 6 PM
Where: Japanese American Historical Plaza (Portland Waterfront at NW Naito Parkway & Couch Street)

Speakers/performers include:

  • Kathleen Flenniken, Poet Laureate of Washington State
  • Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse of the United Methodist Church
  • Traditional Japanese Youth Dance directed by Sahomi Tachibana
  • Drumming by Place of Our Ancestors, of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Saori Erickson, award winning soprano, recent Grant High School Graduate
  • Ailish Duff, winner of the Oregon PSR Greenfield Peace Writing Contest 2012
  • Chisao Hata, Performance Artist
  • Sean Tenney, Oregon PSR Shadow Project coordinator
  • Hosted by Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights

This event is free and open to the public.

As part of our annual commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, please also plan to join us for The Shadow Project, a public art project chalking outlines of human bodies on sidewalks in the week leading up to August 6th to honor the lives lost and to encourage Portlanders to work for a world free of nuclear weapons. To learn more about how you can get involved with The Shadow Project, please contact us today. For Shadow Project volunteers, download quarter-sheet flyers and a copy of the Shadow Project permit.

Please consider posting the event flyer around your neighborhood or place of work, and find us on Facebook to help us spread the word!

View the event press release, and please contact Kelly Campbell or Sean Tenney at 503-274-2720 for media inquiries.

This event is cosponsored by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, American Iranian Friendship Council, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, First Unitarian Peace Action Committee, Greenpeace, Humanists of Greater Portland, Japanese Ancestral Society, Japanese Garden Society, KBOO Radio, Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends, No Nukes Northwest, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Hiroshima Club, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Peace House, Portland JACL, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Regional Arts and Culture Council, SGI-USA Buddhists, Sisters of the Road, Tom Dwyer Automotive,  Vancouver for Peace, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

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 »