[act-ma] August 9: Boston Remembers - From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Ferguson and Orlando

Cole Harrison cole at masspeaceaction.org
Sun Aug 7 12:50:54 PDT 2016


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*Boston Remembers*

*Hiroshima • Nagasaki • Ferguson • Orlando*

*Stop gun violence! Stop police violence! Stop preparing for nuclear war!*

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 ~ 3:00 – 6:00 pm

First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough St. ~ Procession to Boston Common

*Speakers and Performers*

*Tina Chéry*, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

*Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, *Union Baptist Church, Cambridge

*Yuichi Moroi,* Meiji University, School of Global Japanese Studies

*Rosemary Kean,* First Church of Boston

*Carl Williams*, ACLU of Massachusetts

*Tim Bullock*, New England Peace Pagoda

*Guntram Mueller*, Massachusetts Peace Action

*Jordan Berg-Powers,* Mass Alliance

*Ofelia Cohen-Odiaga*, Global Zero Boston

*Jonathan King*, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*Soran Bushi *Japanese Folk Dancers, Showa Academy

*Taiko *Drummers

*Chorus Boston*

*Singers for Peace*

*John Loretz*

Violence and racism seem to be stalking our society everywhere today.
>From the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the police killing
in Ferguson, Missouri, to the recent killing of 49 victims in Orlando,
Florida, the ongoing spiral of violence reveals a dark cloud over our
society. Rampant gun violence and mass killings in the United States, the
continuing hatred facing the LGBT+ community, police brutality in minority
communities facing unemployment, poor schools and poor housing, are all
symptoms of violence closely tied with racism in our society.

The term “senseless act of violence” is often used to describe these
catastrophes because they evoke feelings of numbing hopelessness in many
people around the world. During the solemn reflection period that follows
each tragedy, politicians and high-ranking government officials offer their
solidarity, but avoid making bold decisions to move society off the path of

To underscore the need for immediate action, Massachusetts Peace Action
will stage a procession and outdoor commemoration events in Boston with
music, dance, and speakers, in order to stimulate a public dialogue about
the need to abolish nuclear weapons, the necessity for more stringent gun
control, and the need for top to bottom overhaul in our policing
[image: Carlos Barria/Reuters]

The event will take place on *Tuesday, August 9*, marking the 71st
anniversary of the atomic attack on Nagasaki as well as the second
anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. We invite everyone
to participate.

We hope you will collaborate with us in this joint effort!  Organize an
event during Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week in your town, faith community, or
campus; read our Call to Action

Peace groups, people of faith, and communities across Massachusetts
have organized events during Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week (August 5-9, 2016).
See the Massachusetts Calendar of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Week Events
  below and read our Call to Action

*Contact:* 617-354-2169 or info at masspeaceaction.org with questions or to
connect and exchange ideas.

*Cosponsors:* Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Boston
Branch, Global Zero Boston, American Friends Service Committee, New England
Peace Pagoda, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, First Church of Boston

*Hiroshima/Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts*

[image: Cranes]
5 -9, Greenfield, Northampton, Springfield, Roxbury: *"**For All the
Children" - Walking to Protect Humanity from Nuclear Destruction
New England Peace Pagoda

August 5, Walpole: *Peace Vigil*- remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki and oppose the United States trillion dollar nuclear weapons
modernization program. Walpole Common, Main & West Streets, 5-6 pm

August 5, Boston:
Commemorative Performance for Hiroshima/ Nagasaki*
 - Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St., 8:30 p.m.

August 6, Martha’s Vineyard: *Hiroshima Day Vigil *- Martha’s Vineyard
Peace Council - at Aquinnah Lighthouse Yard, Gay Head Light, 6:00 a.m.

August 6, Waltham: *Vigil* - Waltham Concerned Citizens - at the corner of
Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common, 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

August 6, Arlington: *Vigil* - Arlington UJP will remember the 71st atomic
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stand in opposition to the trillion
dollar nuclear weapons modernization and call for an end to all current
wars and gun violence.  Arlington Center at the intersection of Mass. Ave.
and Medford St. (near Starbucks), 10:30-11:30 am

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August 6, Fall River: *Vigil* - Quequechan Peace Alliance.  Songs, prayers,
moment of remembrance.  Bicentennial Park, near the Iwo Jima Memorial,
12:00 noon.

August 6, Cambridge: *Community reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child
Bomb”*, then proceed to the Charles River to float candles - Cambridge
Friends Meeting - at 5 Longfellow Park, 7:00 p.m.

August 6, Andover: *Hiroshima Day Vigil* - Merrimack Valley People for
Peace - at Old Town Hall, Main St, 7:00 p.m.

August 6, Northampton: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Rememberance
The legacy of nuclear weapons, how much it's costing you, and how you can
end the threat, with retired Col. Ann Wright. American Friends Service
Committee of Western Massachusetts - at McConnell Hall, Smith College, 6:30

August 7, George's Island, Boston Harbor: *Annual Hiroshima Day Vigil*.
Meet on Long Wharf, 9:30 am. Bring Lunch and Sunscreen; sponsored by
Community Church of Boston.

[image: Bike Around the Bomb]
7, Cambridge:
Around the Bomb*
Global Zero Boston. Riverside Press Park, 1:00 pm.

[image: Candleboats]
7, Watertown: *Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Building a Nuclear-Free
  - Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Watertown
Square, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

August 9, Boston: *Boston Remembers: From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to
Ferguson and Orlando
*, *procession and outdoor commemoration in Boston with music, dance, and
speakers - Massachusetts Peace Action - at First Church of Boston,
procession to Boston Common, 3:00-6:00 p.m.



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