[act-ma] [wilpfboston]Commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings - August 6

Michael Borkson nosanctions at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 5 07:04:57 PDT 2008

Subject: [wilpfboston]Commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings - August 6

Hi WILPFers,

Teddi sends along this information about Watertown's events re: commemorating Hiroshima / Nagasaki.    Watertown's Citizens for Environmental Safety plans thoughtful events on this occasion every year, well worth attending.

Also, a separate announcement will be sent out  tomorrow (Tues.) re: Nagasaki Day, Sat. Aug 9.  Virginia Pratt has offered us her Park Street vigil space to use for commemoration of the Bombings; we will have informational materials, signs / materials to make signs, and petitions to mark Aug 6 Nuclear Disarmament Day.  Time: 1:30 or 2:00 pm at Park Street Station.  Please plan to join after our WILPF meeting from 10:00 - 1:00 this Saturday.

WILPF Nt'l Disarm Issue Committee has joined with UfPJ (and others) to mark August "Nuclear Free Future Month".

Meanwhile, see below information about Watertown's Weds events, shared from Newton's Dialogues List via Teddi (thanks Teddi!)

Claire G

For this year's commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we urge you to join with Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety who are sponsoring a silent vigil in Watertown Square on the date of the bombing of Hiroshima. Their announcement of the event appears below.  We need to be reminded each year of the horror of these events - the instantaneous incineration of 2 cities by 2 small nuclear bombs and the unimagineable casualties, deaths, and horrible illnesses that followed. Moreover we need to be reminded to spread awareness of the dangers of these very real Weapons of Mass Destruction, to continue to oppose their continued proliferation, and to oppose any acceptance of the threat of their use anywhere on the planet for any purpose.  
Dave Ascher, Newton Dialogues on Peace and War 
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00-9:00 PM Watertown Square Vigil Commemoration of Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings 
United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and Israel – Abolish Your Nuclear Weapons … 
NO THREATS! … and Stop Nuclear Proliferation Through Disarmament and Diplomacy. 
Join us in remembering the victims of the first use of nuclear weapons – the United States’ bombing of the Japanese 
cities of Hiroshima (8/6) and Nagasaki (8/9) in 1945. 
Wednesday Evening, August 6  Watertown Square 
7:00 pm – Commemorative Vigil 
( Please bring signs that express your sentiments about the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki )  
Charles River Dock 
8:00 pm – Songs and Reflections 
8:45 pm – Candle Boat Launching 
9:00 pm – Closing Song 
Never Again – No More Victims: Sixty-three years ago the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed over 200,000 people instantaneously, the vast majority of whom were civilians.  Hundreds of thousands more suffered agonizing burns, leukemia, and infections for the rest of their short lives, and generations of the survivors’ children inherited horrible radiation-induced illnesses, cancers, and premature deaths.  Today there are nearly 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world more powerful and devastating than those used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the number could increase unless the nuclear nations begin to disarm their nuclear arsenals. 
Sponsored by:   Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety (WCES) – Watertown’s Voice for Peace, the Environment, and Social Justice .    For more information, visit our website,  www.watertowncitize ns.org or call 617-926-8560 mailbox 2. 
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