Please note: Many events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with local organizers to confirm events and follow local safety guidelines if attending events in person.
From July 25-28, 10 AM to 7:00 PM (CDT) PSR Iowa will again take a prominent role in the Johnson County Fair, exhibiting with the People’s Coalition, promoting clean energy, nuclear abolition, and social justice for the health of all Iowans. We’ll also be polling fair goers opinions about pipelines, CAFO’s, air and water pollution.
Reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima
Townsend Park, Albany, NY (Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Ave)
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:00AM ET
A reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima will take place on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Townsend Park (Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Avenue), in Albany, NY, starting at 11:00 AM. The event is free and open to the public, and those interested in reading can sign up when they arrive. Please bring chairs. Sponsoring organizations include the Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, the Poetry Motel Foundation, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. This public reading, commemorating the atomic bombing of Japan, was started by the late Tom Nattell, an Albany poet and environmental activist, and has occurred every year since the late 1980s. For further information, contact Dan Wilcox: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-482-0262.
Hiroshima VIRTUAL Commemoration
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:30PM-8:30PM ET
United Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Willow, and Shelter Rock Unitarian Social Justice Committee invite you to a Hiroshima Commemoration with poetry, music, prayer, and presentations. On the program are music from Karl Jenkins, presentations by Ray Acheson from WILPF and Emily Rubino, Exeutive Director of Peace Action New York State, a reading from Margaret Engels, and music from Willow. Register
The Mighty String Demons Commemorate Hiroshima/Nagasaki
S Staten Island Children’s Museums grounds. 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
Saturday, August 7 at 11AM-12:30PM (ET)
The Mighty String Demons will use beautiful music, the story of Sadako, and origami paper cranes to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the cause of peace and abolishing nuclear weapons forever. This program is a collaborative project of Peace Action of Staten Island, the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, and the Mighty String Demons.
Sponsor: Peace Action New York State
Wednesday, August 4 at 7:30 – 8:30 pm Eastern
Ray Acheson, Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom and author of
Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy
Emily Rubino, Executive Director, Peace Action NYS
Moderator: Claire Deroche, Social Justice Coordinator, UUCSR
Reading: Margaret Engel, LI Alliance intern
Music: Willow, Women’s Acapella Choir with Farah Chandu
Closing: Margaret Melkonian, LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives
Sponsors: Social Justice Committee of Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, LI Alliance for Peaceful
Alternatives, Peace Action New York State, and Willow
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
Global Online Event with Speakers (including youth activists from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation atomic bomb survivors; and a young Fukishima evacuee), music and songs from Hiroshima and New York
Sponsor: Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace (GVCP)
In the Dark of the Valley, a feature film about the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, a former nuclear and rocket-engine testing site near Los Angeles, will screen at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival on August 5th and the Phoenix Film Festival on August 20-22. The film is an in-depth exploration into the site’s long history of cover-ups and negligence by site owners Boeing, NASA, and the Department of Energy. It also tells the harrowing story of how a community of mothers, led by Melissa Bumstead, have dealt with the struggles of childhood cancer and their new found life of environmental advocacy, and features Dr. Bob Dodge and Denise Dufflied of PSR-Los Angeles.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here
Under the umbrella of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, members of several organizations — the Baltimore Club of the CPUSA, the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Homewood Friends Meeting, Maryland Peace Action and Prevent Nuclear War Maryland – have planned two events to remember what took place on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki. The atom bomb survivors, the Hibakusha, have always stated NEVER AGAIN. Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
On August 6 from 6:30 to 7 PM ET, gather outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles St. to call for an end to Johns Hopkins University’s weapons contracts. The university is the #1 School of Mass Destruction as it receives the largest amount of research dollars for nuclear weapons contracts.
Inside Homewood, you must wear a mask and do social distancing. Charlie Cooper, with Get Money Out – Maryland, will make the point that money has corrupted many legislators. This makes it very difficult for advocates trying to convince their legislators to vote to cut back on bloated military spending and new nuclear weapons.
Greta Zarro, the organizing director of World Beyond War, will expound on the connection between U.S. militarism and climate chaos. She will appear by Zoom.
On August 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET, there will be a vigil to commemorate the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, again outside Homewood Friends Meetinghouse. Afterwards, the assembled will go into the meetinghouse.
Dr. Gwen DuBois, with Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland, will do a presentation on the Back from the Brink campaign, five steps towards the abolition of nuclear weapons. Baltimore was the first large city to pass a Back from the Brink resolution on August 6, 2018.
Then testimonials and statements condemning nuclear weapons will be read. These statements will challenge Johns Hopkins University to renounce its nuclear weapons contracts. Finally, some participants will go to Busboys and Poets, 33rd and St. Paul Streets, to break bread and enjoy a community meal. This is an opportunity to come together and commit to the task of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons.
Contact Max at 410-323-1607 or mobuszewski2001 at Comcast dot net.
Silent Vigil for Nagasaki
Monday, August 9, 10:45 a.m.
Amistad Statue, 165 Church St., New Haven
With Appropriate Covid Caution
Please join us to share poems and recite The Peace Proclamations from the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Sponsor: Greater New Haven Peace Council, City of New Haven Peace Commission
Two vigils will be held, one at the White House and one at the Pentagon in the designated protest area
August 6 – Noon – 1:00 pm at White House
Aug 9 – 7:00 – 8:00 am at the Pentagon
Sponsor: Members of the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker