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Remember Hiroshima – 75th Anniversary

75th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorated virtually August 6 from 7pm-8pm. Arkansas WAND, Ark Coalition for Peace and Justice, Ark Peace Week and Pax Christi Little Rock. Watch at https://www.facebook.com/acpj.acpj/.

The program will include interviews, music, stories, short video, poem, and pleas for citizen action.  

Students from the Amnesty International chapter at Pulaski Academy will read stories of the Hibakusha, or survivors, of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings that killed over 120,000 people and fatally injured thousands  more.  They will also interview two women, Melisa Laelan and Faith Laukon, from the Marshallese community in northwest Arkansas. Their families left the islands after the U.S. testing of nuclear weapons there during the 1950s left the islands uninhabitable. 

Other speakers will include Tristan Norman and Dr. George Simon with Dr. Ira Helfand on video. Suzanne Michell will provide music and Jane Estes, Co-chair of the event, will moderate.   

The 75th anniversary should raise awareness of the consequences of testing and using the most powerful weapons on earth with emphasis on actions citizens can take to influence Congress to ensure the safety of the bombs in the U.S. arsenal. Congress also needs to cancel plans for a $2 trillion  modernization of those weapons. The ultimate goal is to eliminate the threat of a nuclear disaster by abolishing the weapons worldwide.       

Peace groups around the world will be commemorating the event from  August 6 through August 9 with church bells ringing, prayers for peace, and calls for citizens everywhere to sign the pledge to work toward worldwide nuclear weapons disarmament. U.S. leaders are urged to adopt a no-first use of nuclear weapons and repeal the sole authorization for the president to control the nuclear button.  The International Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons introduced in 2017 has been ratified by 40 countries.  When 50 nations ratify the treaty, it will be illegal worldwide to build or possess nuclear weapons.    

“Hiroshima Remembered: 75th Anniversary” will be archived on YouTube for later viewing. For more information, contact peacewins.org