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Commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2-part ceremony on 8/5 and 8/8. Spotlight on the peaceful art of hand-making and the power of storytelling. Bring your peace-inspired handmade art and craft and/or your own peace story. Also have your “messaged” mason jar lantern with you or Email us your message. Free Admission (Donation accepted)
Part 1 – Thursday, August 5, 2021 (7pm EDT Sharp to 8:15pm EDT)
Location: Showa Boston, 420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (On the lawn area next to the Japanese Garden)
Live-streaming simultaneously on YouTube and ClubHouse
Part 2 – Sunday, August 8, 2021 (9pm EDT to 10:15pm EDT) on Zoom
Sponsor: Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre
Join Friends in our tradition of commemorating the dropping of two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will gather for a community reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child Bomb,” at 6:00pm and then proceed at 7:00pm to the Charles River to float origami paper boats and peace cranes, as is done in Hiroshima and throughout the world. The Pentagon has earmarked a trillion dollars over the next 30 years to develop three more generations of nuclear weapons, and this year the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists have set the “doomsday clock” to 100 seconds before midnight. Please share this meditation and witness for a future uncursed by nuclear weapons and the grief they bring.
Sponsor: Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Join Greater Boston, PSR LIVE AND IN PERSON, on the evening of August 6th, Hiroshima Day, for a showing of The War Game, by Peter Watkins. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this 45 minute film envisions an escalating war between NATO and the USSR resulting a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, the film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company.
After the film we’ll hear brief remarks on what you can do by Dr. Ira Helfand and take questions from the audience.
This film screening is sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Sponsor: Merrimack Valley People for Peace
Sponsor: Waltham Concerned Citizens