68th Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

68th Anniversary of HIroshima Bombing

Hiroshima Day Ceremony at Grafton Peace Pagoda

Yesterday evening close to 100 people gathered in the town of Grafton to commemorate the 68th anniversary of when the US dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

The ceremony started with a 4 mile walk from Grafton Center up to the Grafton Peace Pagoda.

Speakers included Hattie Nestel to talk about Vermont Yankee and nuclear power, Bruce Gagnon to speak about the upcoming Drone Walk in Maine, and Allan Brandt who shared the story of the Peacemaker and a prayer from the Mohawk tradition.

Other prayers included prayers from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths.

We heard music from a Taiko group out of Western Mass and guitar and songs from Roberto Muller.

Hiroshima Day Ceremony



2013 Interfaith Peace Walk and Atomic West Program

The Detail Schedule and Information of 2013 PEACE WALK

for A NUCLEAR FREE FUTURE (Portland OR – Bangor WA)

 Starting Point , Time & where we will walk & stay.


Jul 26 Fri. Portland,OR

          ◎7PM Gathering & Symposium*ATOMIC WEST*

          Augustant Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave. PORTLAND OR

          (15th Ave. & Knott)                              

[STAY] The Native American United Mothodist Fellowship of Portland

3917 NE Shaver St. PORTLAND OR 97212  503-287-6526

Jul.27 Sat. Portland(12mls-)

          ●8:30AM Walk start at

Japanese American Historical Plaza:2 NW Naito Parkway, PORTLAND OR

(Along the waterfront at NW Naito & Coach)

Jul 28 Sun. White Salmon & Hood River(13mls-)

           ●9:00AM Walk start at Hwy 141 & W Jewett Blvd WHITE SALMON WA 

           12:00PM lunch at Water Front Park located at the riverside of Columbia R.

           HOOD RIVER, OR

●1:00PM Walk start from Water front Park HOOD RIVER OR

      ◎Symposium *Atomic West* HOOD RIVER(unfixed) Contact Robbie Lap

Jul 29 Mon. Toppenish(Yakama Nation),WA(12-3mls)

            Drive from HOOD RIVER OR to WAPATO WA (2.5 hours~106miles)

           ●10:30AM Walk Start W.3rd ST. & S.Naches Ave. WAPATO

            To 241 Robbins Rd. TOPPENISH(Long House located)

~Walking downtown Wapato, Hwy 97 & downtown Toppenish

[Stay overnight] at Yakima Indian Reservation Long House(unfixed)

Jul.30 Tue. Richland-Hanford Gate of 300.(12mls)

            Drive from TOPPENISH to KENNEWICK(1.5 hours~68miles)

      We will leave Toppenish on 8:30AM

            ●940AM Walk Start at Rite Aid Parking Lot, 101N.Ely St.KENNEWICK

            ●After 5 miles walk we will move to John Dam Plaza 

      Gathering At 12:00PM AT John Dam Plaza,1815 George Washington Wy.


            ●Prayer and Walk start 1PM from JOHN DAM PLAZA to the Gate of 300

            Area of Hanford Site(5.7mls)[Stay]Christ the King Church Richland

Jul..31 Wed. Centralia(8mls)

            Drive between Richland and Chehalis

            ●200PM Walk Start

Chehalis Timberland Library,400N. Market Blvd.CHEHALIS. WA

7.5miles walk to 3681 Cookshill Rd. CENTRALIA WA                

Aug.1 Thu. Olympia( 17.5mls)

      ●815AM Walk Start

HWY12 +Littlerock Rd. SW ROCHESTER WA

(88Exit I-5 connected to HWY 12 Go to West)

      [Stay] 5537 40th Ave.SW OLYMPIA WA

2 Fri. Lacey(13.3miles)

        ●800AM Walk Start

        5537 40th Ave. SW OLYMPIA WA – Walk through Downtown OLYMPIA

        [Stay] Sacred Heart 812 Bowker St. LACEY 

3 Sat. Tacoma(18mls)

       ●800AM Walk Start

       Steilacom-Dupont Rd. SW+Pendleton Ave. DUPONT (near to I-5 Exit 119)

       To Downtown Tacoma

       [Stay]Guadalupe House Tacoma Catholic Worker

    1417 S G St. Tacoma 98405 253-572-6582           

4 Sun. Des Moines(14.5mls)

       ●830AM Walk Start

       Guadalupe House Tacoma Catholic Worker 1417 S G St. Tacoma

       [Stay] Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church

       25701 14th Pl. S. DES MOINES WA 98198

5 Mon. Seattle(15miles)

       ●900AM Walk Start

       Kubota Garden 55th Ave. S + Renton Ave. S. Seattle

      To Downtown Seattle & Sadako Statue(Univ. Dist.)

      Sadako Statue(The Peace Crain girl in Hiroshima) located at

      NE 40th St. + Roosevelt Wy NE Seattle~northern end of the University Bridge, University District Seattle)

      ◎Symposium *ATOMIC WEST* at UNIVERSITY FRIENDS MEETING, 4001 9th Ave. NE Seattle. WA 98105 (unfixed 7PM~?)

6 Tue. Lake Forest Park & Green Lake Seattle Lantern Ceremony-Hiroshima to Hope (10mls walk + Volunteer work+ Lantern Ceremony)

       ●830AM Walk Start Bothell Wy. NE+80th Ave.NE KENMORE


        [Stay]Bainbridge Island. Beautiful Nipponzan Myohoji Temple   

7 Wed. Bainbridge Is. (Rest Day)

       [Stay]Nipponzan Myohoji Bainbridge Is. Dojo 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE B.I. *Lunch-Dinner* Barbecue at Ichimura san’s home in Key Peninsula

8 Thu. Bainbridge Is.-Suquamish(12mls)

       ●830AM Walk Start at Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, 6154 Lynwood Ctr. Rd. NE Bainbridge Island. WA 98110  206-780-6739,  

      ◎7PM Symposium*Hibakusha in the World/Atomic West*

       SUQUAMISH UCC CHURCH (the Address is below)

[Stay]Suquamish UCC Church. 18732 Division Ave. NE Suquamish.WA

9 Fri. Suquamish-Ground Zero Center(14.5mls)

      ●900AM Walk Start at Chief Seattle’s Grave

   ~Downtown Poulsbo~Ground Zero Ctr. For Nonviolent Action

     [Stay]Ground Zero Center 16159 Clear Creek rd. NW Poulsbo WA 98370


10-11 Sat.-Sun. Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Activities of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action     


 “This year we are hoping to expand our reach to communities of color
along the westcoast and get the information about the global, regional
and local compromised positions we are in regarding use of nuclear in
all its forms.

Lakota Elders Truth Tour Comes to Amherst‏


Friends, Revolutionaries, Artists:

I hope this message finds you in good health.

I am writing to tell you of an exciting upcoming event that I welcome you to take part in.

Many of you had the opportunity to meet Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Lakota representative from Pine Ridge Reservation when she joined our latest Walk for a New Spring. The walk was a 50 day pilgrimage to D.C. calling for peace and nuclear disarmament. On the walk she shared with us a presentation entitled “America’s Chernobyl”; the untold story of uranium mining on the Great Sioux Nation.
She came representing the Lakota Nation and the Defenders of the Black Hills, an organization she co-founded to protect the sacred Black Hills.

After the Walk finished Charmaine went on tour again with the Lakota Grandmothers and the Strong Heart Lakota Solidarity Project. I had an opportunity to join this Truth Tour while they were in NYC. The tour was promoting the new documentary Red Cry which details the ways in which the United States Government initiated and is still employing genocidal tactics against the Indigenous People of this country.

This extremely pertinent documentary tells the unheard stories of Pine Ridge, and what we as a community can do to stop this cultural and physical genocide.

I am extremely excited to tell you that Charmaine, Canupa Gluha Mani and several elders and organizers will be coming back to the East Coast early next month.

Continuing the Truth Tour the elders and supporters will again go to the United Nations to deliver an official complaint of genocide from the Lakota Oyate and ask to be represented fairly as a nation.

According to the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties signed by the Sioux Nation and the United States Government the areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming are set aside for the “Absolute and undisturbed use and occupation [of the great Sioux nation]”. By neglect and feigned ignorance, the United States continues to allow the devastation of indigenous land, including the Black Hills which are considered a sacred area to many Native tribes. The uranium mining of the traditional indigenous land in the Midwest, central US and Western US is a direct violation of treaties signed by the US government.

We have a chance to change that.

On Wednesday June 5th and Thursday June 6th the Truth Tour will come to Amherst.
There will be a screening of the new documentary Red Cry and a chance for discussion with the elders and organizers. We will also be hosting a solidarity & decolonization training.

I am writing to invite you to these events and ask for your help.

We are looking for a space for the approximately 10 people who will be making the trip up from South Dakota to stay.

We are also looking for some light refreshments and/or donations for food and travel expenses for the group.

If you are interested in any of these things, please contact me by phone or email.

 I thank you all for your work and interest, and I hope I will see you at one or both of these events.
More information to come.


Peace & Solidarity


Resources/More Information:

Lakota Elders Denied Entry into the United Nations — Video
Defenders of the Black Hills Website
Red Cry Trailer
Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act
[to download this document visit newenglandpeacepagoda.org and select the document on the right hand side]
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868