“Do you feel safer?” — Nagasaki Day 2013

 

Vanessa Lynch
@drvonskillet

People come out to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki photo by @drvonskillet

People come out to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki          photo by @drvonskillet

About 50 people came out yesterday for an event commemorating the 68th anniversary of Nagasaki Day. The event was held in McConnell Hall (the science building) at Smith College an irony that did not go unnoticed.

The event was organized by Nuke Free Future who started the evening inviting people to sign the petition calling on Obama to abolish nuclear weapons.

The night started off with a viewing of The Medical Consequences of Nuclear War a film by Ira Helfand which detailed the nuclear holocaust that would follow the use of another atomic weapon.

We heard from speakers Francis Crowe and Anna Gyorgy author of No Nukes. The floor was opened up to hear from members of the audience. We ended the evening with a graphic description of the hours following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and a moment of silence.

All photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/drvonskillet/sets/72157635014319396/

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Chikako Nishiyama West Coast Speaking Tour

Chikako Nishiyama West Coast Speaking Tour

July 26: Interfaith Peace Walk Gathering Portland, OR
7pm Gathering & Symposium *Atomic West*
Augustant Lutheran Church, 2710 NE 14th Ave
full walk schedule here

July 30: Hanford Nuclear Site
Yakima, WA
1pm:  from John Dam Plaza [1815 George Washington Wy, Richland, WA] to the gate of Hanford Site (5.7mi)
full walk schedule here

August 3rd: Vandenberg AFB to Diablo Canyon

August 9th: Nagasaki Remembrance Day Ceremony
7pm: Steynberg Gallery 1531 Monterey St  San Luis Obispo, CA
Speakers will include Chikako Nishiyama, Nipponzan Myohoji Reverend Sawada Shonin and Cecile Pineda, author of “Devil’s Tango: How I learned the Fukushima Step by Step”
Event is free but donations are welcome

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Nagasaki Day / End of Walk

End of Walk:

Today was a seven mile walk from Sunderland center to the New England Peace Pagoda.

It was a short day in mileage – about 7 total, but all uphill and it was about 90 degrees.

At the four mile mark the walk stopped at Leverett Town Hall to meet with local Jim Perkins who is a former city selectman and currently works with the Leverett Peace Commission.

He welcomed the walk warmly into the town hall and reminded us that, “Although today we are remembering Nagasaki and mourning all of the deaths that followed, we have hope because it has been 67 years since we have dropped a bomb and we are still here.”

The walk continued. Up the hills around Pioneer Valley, up Bull Horn Road and up Cave Hill Road before reaching the Peace Pagoda.

After circling the stupa the walkers held a short ceremony with prayers and discussion and heard from Ploughshare activist Daniel Sicker (who spent 3 years in jail from a previous action with Daniel Barrigan) about the recent action in Tenneessee.

The walkers had a short potluck and dispersed, the walk is officially over!

Many of the walkers will be returning to the Peace Pagoda on Sunday for a ceremony to re-dedicate the peace tree that was planted at the pagoda many years ago.

That ceremony will start at 11:00 am, information here: http://nipponzanmyohoji.tumblr.com/post/28664578705/special-ceremony-to-honor-the-tree-of

Saturday at Grafton Peace Pagoda a ceremony will be held to hear stories from the end of the walk around Lake Ontario:
http://www.graftonpeacepagoda.org/hiroshima-ceremony/

Thanks to all walkers and supporters who made this journey possible!
Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo