Join peace and community groups in Portland to mark the 50th year of commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for program of speakers and performers featuring Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken on August 6th, 2012.
Carol Urner, age 83, helped organize the original 1962 Portland commemoration and remains on the planning committee today. “College students and young mothers began this commemoration in response to both the Berlin crisis which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war, and to the continued atmospheric testing which threatened us all personally, especially our children,” said Carol Urner of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. “Considering that the United States still has more than 1700 nuclear warheads ready to be launched at any moment, this commemoration remains an important way we involve younger generations in remembering the horrors of nuclear weapons and in working for a nuclear free future.”
What: A one-hour program of speakers and performances to commemorate the lives lost to nuclear weapons, educate on the threats posed by nuclear weapons and pledge commitment to a nuclear-free world.
When: Monday, August 6th, 2012 6:00-7:00 pm
Where: Japanese American Historical Plaza (Waterfront Park at NW Naito Parkway & Couch Street in Portland, Oregon)
· Kathleen Flenniken, Poet Laureate of Washington State
· Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse of the United Methodist Church
· Traditional Japanese Youth Dance directed by Sahomi Tachibana
· Drumming by Place of Our Ancestors, of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
· Saori Erickson, award winning soprano, recent Grant High School Graduate
· Ailish Duff, winner of the Oregon PSR Greenfield Peace Writing Contest 2012
· Chisao Hata, Performance Artist
· Sean Tenney, Oregon PSR Shadow Project coordinator
· Hosted by Ronault “Polo” Catalani, Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
Free and open to the public.
COSPONSORED BY: Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, American Iranian Friendship Council, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, First Unitarian Peace Action Committee, Greenpeace, Humanists of Greater Portland, Japanese Ancestral Society, Japanese Garden Society, KBOO Radio, Multnomah Monthly Meeting of Friends, No Nukes NW, Oregon Buddhist Temple, Oregon Hiroshima Club, Oregon Nikkei Endowment, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Peace House, Portland JACL, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Peaceful Response Coalition, Regional Arts and Culture Council, SGI-USA Buddhists, Sisters of the Road, Tom Dwyer Automotive, Vancouver for Peace, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.oregonpsr.org
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- If You Are Hit By Two Atomic Bombs, Should You Have Kids? (npr.org)
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