Peace Wave News
Vol. 2 July 28, 2020
Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing, Waves of Peace Will Sweep around the World during August 6 - 9, 2020
Simultaneous Launching Actions to be Held throughout Japan at 08:00, August 6
Peace Wave launching actions are scheduled at 08:00 on August 6 across Japan by grass-roots and local groups. In over 150 major places all over Japan, peace workers will simultaneously launch 30-minute actions, starting with a moment of silent player, followed by a variety of actions in public: Hibakusha Appeal signature collections, silent standing appeal actions on the street, photo exhibits, bell tolling at temples and churches and many more. Please see http://www.antiatom.org/intro_activity/2020/pw/koudou_keikaku200721.pdf (in Japanese) for numerous local and grass-roots actions being planned between August 6 and 9.
Many Actions Planned around the World for the Peace Wave (continued)
Youth Peace Week is from August 3rd to 9th 2020. Originally established in New Zealand as Schools Peace Week with the support of the New Zealand government, the week spread to other countries. This year it has been broadened to Youth Peace Week as it only suits schools in the Southern Hemisphere (schools in the North are mostly on summer break). The theme this year is Celebrating Diversity. For more information and to register your youth action, see Youth Peace Week, visit the < href="https://www.facebook.com/ThePeaceFoundationNZ">Youth Peace Week facebook page or contact the Youth Peace Week coordinator. Abolition 2000 also encourages those commemorating UN International Youth Day on August 12, to ensure that peace and nuclear disarmament are included as themes to your action or event.
2020 World Conference against A and H Bombs (Online): August 2, 6 and 9, all at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (JST)/ 03:00 am - 05:30 am (CET); 09:00 pm - 11:30 pm (EDT, previous day)
The 2020 World Conference has moved online with the International Meeting on August 2; Hiroshima Day Rally on August 6; Nagasaki Day Rally on August 9. Please join live with many grass-roots Japanese peace activists and important international speakers, including: Nakamitsu Izumi, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; Amb. Syed Hasrin Aidid, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to UN; Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Hibakusha; Hiroshima/Nagasaki Mayors; Kate Hudson, CND Secretary General; Philip Jennings, IPB Co-Chair; Beatrice Finh, ICAN Secretary General and many others. English translation is available for registered participants onln. For details and registration: http://www.antiatom.org/english/world_conference/
Nurturing Bridges of Peace - A Peace Memorial Ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings (Part 1): 6:00am - 12:00pm, August 6, at the Japanese Garden, Luneta Park, Manila & Online
A solemn peace memorial ceremony will be held in front of the Memorial Stone from Hiroshima. The Japanese garden will be setup to have hanging paper cranes folded by people with wishes, peace panels and film showing area. Speakers of the event will include local organizers, local peace activists, Japanese ambassador (TBC) and a recorded speech from a Hibakusha from Hiroshima (TBC). A music presentation and film showing of A Mother’s Prayer and the Virtual Peace March summary video will follow. The last part is a 2-hour mural session led by artist AG Saño. The long term intention of this activity is to allow the Japanese Garden to serve as a Peace Memorial that links to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, as a space and time for people to people understanding – conversations and activities that foster peaceful relations between Japanese and Filipinos based on values of trust, justice, solidarity and mutual respect and a space for sharing of art, history and culture. Co-organized by National Parks Development Committee. Contact: Albert Lozada (firstname.lastname@example.org), AG Saño (email@example.com), Malaya Fabros (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peace Wave 2020 KITE-FLYING, Santiago City Plaza, Santiago City, Isabela
The Pilones family and friends will fly Peace Wave themed kites as part of the global action. Photos/videos of the activity will be posted in social media as well. Event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube Contact: Dr. Victoria Valdez Pilones (email@example.com)
Webinar: “Women's Voices, Women's Pledge for Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, disarmament and peace”, August 7, 2-4pm, organized by Peace Women Partners
Speakers: Hibakusha from Kansai area, Ms. Emiko Hirano (TBC) New Japan Women's Association: Ms. Nobue Kugimiya of Hyogo Gensuikyo: Dr. Emma Tagikabau of Aotearoa NZ and Fiji: Ms. Merci Angelez of PWP. With the participation of women leaders from Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan, Nigeria, Kenya, Palestine, Philippines, Brazil.
ZOTO YOUTH Peace Wave action - ONLINE, August 8 (Time: TBC)
A collective action among youth members of Zone One Tondo Organization of urban poor youth leaders led by Peace Marcher Lerry Arrogante. This will be held online, via Zoom and livestreamed on social media.
Nurturing Bridges of Peace - A Peace Memorial Ceremony for the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Bombings (Part 2): 9:30am - 7:00pm, August 9, at the Japanese Garden, Luneta Park, Manila & Online
There will be a solemn peace memorial of the Nagasaki Bombing coinciding with the actual time the bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. This will be followed by a music presentation by local artist, film showing if a Nagasaki bombing movie and the short video of ’75 seconds of Peace’.
From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the Filipino Youth – A Forum / Webinar on Contextualizing the Peace Declarations from the World Conference the Philippine Setting from a Filipino Youth Perspective and context: August 15 (Online, Time TBC)
Organized by Filipino Peace Marchers & former World Conference Delegates in the past years, this 1.5 hour online forum / webinar will discuss in detail the Peace Declarations from the World Conference and how this translates / relates to the Philippine situation. The intention is for the young participants to have a better grasp of the global nuclear-weapons issue and how this relates to their everyday lives as Filipinos. This is to allow them to navigate the issue further and determine actions they can make on their own and/or as part of an organization. The forum / webinar is intended to be more interactive and inclusive so more time shall be given to the Q&A portion that is moderated by experienced youth.
Hiroshima Day Commemoration by Nepal AAPSO
Nepal is suffering greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 20,000 patients. We from Nepal AAPSO are not affected by it, though. Despite all these difficulties, we are planning to commemorate the 75th Hiroshima Day maintaining social distancing. The action plan for that day are: 1) Lectures and Interaction programs inviting Nuclear Scientists, Scholars, Politicians. (50-60 px); 2) Display Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic posters; 3) Homage to the hundreds of thousands of unnatural deaths; 4) Solidarity with Hibakushas; 5) Symbolic Peace Rally.
Hiroshima Day and Peace Wave in India
On the eve of Hiroshima Day and the Peace Wave, various programmes will be organised in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh in India -- Details to be announced.
No Hiroshima Week (August 3rd- August 9th): August 6, 08:15am
Organized by the Norwegian Peace Council, an umbrella organisation for most of the peace organisations, there will be activities in 30 libraries across the country, and the biggest one in the brand new Deichman library in Oslo with the mayor present. We have sent Sadako's story to all the libraries in a brochure and on film, with origami paper and guidelines for how to make cranes to be put on peace trees or branches of trees. We plan to hang these cranes on a peace tree in the new main library in Oslo for a morning ceremony commemorating the victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which will take place at 08.15 on August 6th. On the tree there will also be cranes folded by children from all over Norway.
August 6 in Herups Garden Memorial Event and Demonstration for a Ban on Nuclear Weapons: August 6, 20:00
Speech, music, song, cake, coffee, tea and cozy togetherness. This year it is 75 years since Hiroshima was wiped out by one atomic bomb, and the danger of a nuclear war is today bigger than ever. Important agreements have been terminated, diplomacy over arms and mutual control is gone, the warning time is minimized - nuclear weapons are modernized. That is why it is important to participate in our demonstration. Bring friends and ask them to bring their friends. The event is organized by Enhedslisten Esbjerg- Fanø, Esbjerg Fredsbevægelse, Radikale Venstre Esbjerg/Fanø, Socialistisk Folkeparti Esbjerg.
75 years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear weapons are now banned!/ Büchel is everywhere! Nuclear weapons free now!
For many months, we have worked with the German ICAN partners to offer campaigns for the commemoration days in August, with which we are sending a strong community signal under the motto "Hiroshima and Nagasaki warn: Join the UN nuclear weapons ban now".
Around the Hiroshima / Nagasaki Memorial Day, 275 large-format posters will be put up in 150 cities in Germany. This is already an enormous success, because originally we expected 75 large-format posters in 75 cities. But due to the enormous interest, we were able to significantly increase these numbers. Please support the large-area campaign in the form of a donation.
There you will also find further information on the cities in which the large-format posters will hang. Local active people take part in numerous events in their cities. We have created a banner that groups and individuals can use in their actions. We support newspaper advertisements on August 1st in the taz and the FAZ. Over 250 organizations and individuals are already supporting this campaign, including Belit Onay (Mayor of the State Capital of Hanover, Lead City of the Mayors for Peace in Germany) MEPs from the European Parliament, the Bundestag and two Landtag. Help make the ads as big as possible! Here you can find all information.
On the campaign website www.hiroshima-nagasaki.info, active photos of their campaigns around the Hiroshima / Nagasaki day can be uploaded and immortalized in the virtual commemorative campaign. With the joint actions, we are calling on the federal government not to procure new combat aircraft for use in nuclear weapons, to ban nuclear weapons because of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their use, and to join the UN ban on nuclear weapons.
Installation / performance / open-air exhibition “Ground zero Hiroshima” in Münster
Unique art project on the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima (and the beginning of the atomic age), and against the backdrop of a creeping new nuclear armament (Trump / Putin & Co.) worldwide in 2020 will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 8:15 a.m., at Cathedral Square Münster (end around 9:00 a.m.), 75 years after Hiroshima or "When the Second World War went into extension". On August 6th, at 8:15 a.m. remembers the painter, sculptor and action artist Laurenz E. Kirchner on the cathedral square in Münster/Germany with his art installation, performance and exhibition the beginning of the nuclear war in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 at 8.15 a.m. when World War II seemed to have ended in Europe, but still had an inglorious "finale" in the Pacific. Kirchner also recalls how wars and violence continue to shape our lives to this day, right down to our everyday lives…. Why in Münster? Münster as a city of Westphalian peace is a role model for the native Kirchner from Münster, as well as a motor for a sustainable society without wars,whether between states, cultures or in everyday life.
3D Nuke Missile Amsterdam -- Hiroshima Day action: August 6. No new nukes. No nukes in the Netherlands. No nukes in the world by Catholic Worker Amsterdam, August 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
Noëlhuis (Catholic Worker Amsterdam) is organising this Hiroshima Day event which will take place in front of the Euronext (Amsterdam) Stock Exchange. The event will include origami crane making (Japanese bird of peace) to hang on trees in front of the stock exchange, plus the 3D Nuke Missile – an interactive piece of street art. This 3D painting exposes the hidden threat to human civilisation – the thousands of nuclear weapons hidden underground or on submarines under the ocean. Each nuclear weapon is 10-100 times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. A nuclear weapons launch by accident, miscalculation or intent could trigger catastrophic destruction.
The US wants to deploy new B61-Mod12 bombs in the Netherlands (Volkel) and other European countries, which could further lower the threshold for nuclear weapons use. It will make the Netherlands complicit in illegal and insane nuclear war preparations.
Join our action for Hiroshima Day: Interact with the 3D art. Grasp the chain to stop the missile firing. Take a photo. Post on your social media with the hashtag #3DnukeMissile. And support actions to get rid of the nuclear weapons in Europe, end investments (by cities, pension funds, banks, religious organisations or your own personal investments) in the nuclear weapons industry, and achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Collectif Parc Hibakusha 2020 : The “Hibakusha Park 2020” Working Group invites you to participate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary, at Univ. Of Mons, Plaine de Nimy campus, on the Hibakusha Park site ; Saturday 8 August 2020, at 2 p.m.
This year, the commemoration will be particularly meaningful: we are not out of the crisis into which the global Covid-19 pandemic has plunged us. This exposed the inequalities and social injustices in the face of the disease ; that humanity has the means to face it and to overcome them by imposing an end to crazy military spending and wars. The atomic weapon virus is particularly dangerous and the risk of its use by "Mad Doctors" in the world today is very great. The commemoration will be the last on the current site of the Park.
Program : 2 p.m . Reception of participants at Hibakusha Park and laying of flowers and minute of silence in memory of nuclear victims ; 2:30 p.m .: meeting at the Vésale La Fontaine Center (see map site: building n ° 8) ; Reading of messages and information on the fight against nuclear weapons in Belgium ; * Presentation of the redevelopment projects of Hibakusha Park ; * “Official” constitution of the Hibakusha Park Collective 2020 which will ensure the completion of the Project
HIROSHIMA MEMORY -- Action in front of Aviano Airbase, 10:00am, August 6
Italian Coalition “Italia Ripensaci” Italian disarmament network, Blessed are the Peacemakers will organize the action in front of Aviano US Airbase. The action include: Brief memory of 6 August 1945, Hibakusha Appeal Petition signing with NGOs, Mayors, Trade Unions, religious groups with commitment to ensure Itali signs and ratifies the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Centre Delàs joins the Peace Wave actions to totally eliminate nuclear weapons
From Centre Delàs, as a committed entity to the peace culture, the disarm and the historical memory, we join the different commemorative initiatives promoted by Peace Wave because of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs 75th anniversary. We share the values of this campaign and we want to report the aftermaths of this key moment of the history in the mankind….
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament: Join the Peace Wave!
Responding to the call of the World Conference organizer, CND is calling on all its supporters to mark the moments that the bombs fell (but in UK time), with a silent period of reflection.
--Download this poster in colour or black and white
Webinar: Radiation and Women’s Health, 3pm Saturday 1 August by CND
Join CND for an online meeting to discuss the impact of radiation on women's health. We are joined by keynote speakers Cindy Folkers of Beyond Nuclear and Mary Olson of the Gender and Radiation Impact Project. Register here
Commemoration of Nagasaki bombing - On Sunday August 9 by Leeds CND
The commemoration of Nagasaki bombing will be held on Sunday August 9 at 10.30am, Park Square, Leeds, to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and envision a future without nuclear weapons. The commemoration is supported by Leeds City Council, a member of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities and Mayors for Peace.
Hiroshima Vigil, 12 noon, 8 August 2020 by Bolton CND/Stop the War
At Town Hall Square of Bolton, Hiroshima Vigil will be held with a half hour silent vigil near war memorial with large banner ‘Remember Hiroshima, Remember Nagasaki’.
Trident Ploughshares and Bristol-CND: Fasting and public event in Bristol
Members of Trident Ploughshares and Bristol-CND will have four days of fasting and public engagement in the town centre of Bristol. “If we can get power to a laptop we would love to follow your event online.”
Canada event for 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, August 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) will host this virtual event to honour the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and to consider new action to help rid the world of nuclear weapons.
For free registration, please click here.
Atomic Bomb on My Back -- A Life Story of Survival and Activism of Taniguchi Sumiteru
Timed for the 75th anniversary of the A-bombing, through the joint work of the Japanese and U.S. peace movement workers, the English version of the book of Taniguchi Sumiteru, Nagasaki Hibakusha, is published on August 9. Available for pre-order from the Rootstock Publishing (US and Canada) https://www.rootstockpublishing.com/rootstock-books/the-atomic-bomb-on-my-back and also Amazon (worldwide).
Peace Wave Action in Vermont:
Our event will be Sunday, August 9 at 1 p.m. at the Brattleboro town common in Vermont, USA. We are farmers. Our farm web site is www.NewLeafCSA.com. Elizabeth was born in Japan.
Pax Christi Metro New York -- Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial, 2:30 pm August 9
Please join Pax Christi Metro New York for our Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial on Sunday, August 9th, at 2:30 PM. This will be a Zoom webinar. We ask you to register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Kls62DLAS4-em_TN9Mo9Xg
2020 75th National Capital Anniversary Hiroshima Nagasaki Calendar
-- On August 5, the annual “Candlelight Vigil” will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St NW, Washington, D.C.) starting at 7pm sharp. Candles will be lit at 7:15pm, the exact time of the detonation in Hiroshima. Gather at the front steps on 16th Street. We will gather at 6:45. Contact Mel Hardy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- On August 6, The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, Baltimore Nonviolence Center and other partnering organizations will hold its “36th Annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemorations,” Baltimore MD (33rd Street & North Charles Street), from 5:00 – 6:30pm (EST). Attendees will gather adjacent to Johns Hopkins University, the #1 nuclear weapons contractor among educational institutions. Bring signs, banners, peace ribbons and other artwork to condemn the research being done on nuclear weapons and call for the ratification of the UN Ban Treaty.
-- On August 6, the 39th annual National Capital Area Hiroshima Virtual Commemoration will feature, “Lost Generation,” a color documentary about the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Following the film, Leslie Susan, author of Choosing Life, will discuss how her father, Herbert Sussan, directed the filming of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and 46 and spent the remainder of his life trying to get the footage released. Professor Peter Kuznick and Dennis Nelson, a Downwinder, will join the discussion. To register for the virtual event visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-CpqDgrHtTkQN_Td2VWxybzCDqLZbBB
-- On August 8, an in-person "Peace Ribbon" event to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings will be held at the Capitol Reflecting Pool between 2nd & 3rd Streets NW Starting at noon. Those planning to attend are invited to bring peace ribbons and other signs. (TBA). Attendance limited to 50 and registration is required.
-- On August 8, an in-person “Candlelight Vigil” will be held at Liberty Plaza (17th and G Streets, NW), Washington, D.C., on August 8, at 8:00pm (EST). Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring candles, peace ribbons or other signs. Contact Mel Hardy at email@example.com.
-- On August 9, at 1:00pm (EST), a Vigil and Procession will be held in Baltimore, MD. Those interested are invited to walk or drive from Homewood Friends, meeting up at Charles Street to Stoney Run Friends.
-- Webinar, Aug. 9, 7 p.m “A Discussion on the Connections Between Black Lives Matter and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” presented by Vince Intondi. Registration required at:
#stillhere - 75 years of shared nuclear legacy: National Virtual Event Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Hiroshima-Nagasaki 75 Coalition, August 6 and 9
A Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Global Nuclear Disarmament, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Aug 6 by Peace Action of Wisconsin
Commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Peace House: 8:00 a.m. (PDT), August 6th, Ashland, Oregon
Seattle area Billboards inform citizens of Nuclear Weapons stockpiled in their Back Yard on the 75th Remembrance of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
Abolition 2000 Webinar: 100 Seconds to Midnight -- What does this mean? What can we do? July 30, 9:00 am (EDT)/ 3:00 pm (CET)
This webinar takes place on July 30 (the week before Hiroshima Day). In January this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to ‘100 seconds to Midnight’ indicating that humanity is the closest we have ever been to a potential catastrophe from climate change or nuclear weapons use that could have a devastating impact on civilisation. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. Join Dr Rachel Bronson, President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and other experts who will discuss the risks of nuclear weapons use by accident, miscalculation or intent, and the initiatives at national and international levels to reduce these risks. These initiatives need support from legislators, civil society and like-minded governments. Click here to register. Click here for the event flyer.
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord - Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons, August 6, 8 and 9 (various times)
An event to launch the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord, a statement issued by four of the world’s largest interfaith/intercultural organizations, Charter for Compassion, Religions for Peace, Parliament of the World’s Religions and United Religions Initiative.
Speakers: The event will feature former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and former US Secretary of State George Shultz. Other speakers include Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi, Nagasaki Mayor Taue Tomihisa, Azza Karam, Audrey Kitagawa, Jonathan Granoff, Victor Kazanjian, Swamini Adityananda Saraswati, Carolyn MacKenzie, the Rev. Sally Bingham, Mussie Haillu, Kehkashan Basu, Senator Sam Nunn, Leona Morgan, Lassina Zerbo, Mohamed ElBaradei and others. Click here for more information. Click here to register
International Fast for Peace: August 6, 8:15 am - August 9 11:00 am UTC+0
Every year since 1984, a small group of peace campaigners from France and Germany have fasted from August 6 until 9 in commemoration of the nuclear bombings and to call for the global abolition of nuclear weapons. In recent years, they have been joined by fasters in the Ivory Coast, New Zealand, UK and USA. This year, in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic and its devastating consequences, the fast will also highlight the many millions around the world threatened by malnutrition or famine, while governments continue to spend $100 billion per year on nuclear weapons and $1.9 trillion per year on weapons and war. Participants in the Fast will donate the money they would on food during that time to organizations or charities helping to feed the destitute. You are invited to join the fast.
What Every Global Citizen Needs to Know About the Decision to A-Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020, 1 pm EDT
WEBINAR: Fund Healthcare Not Nuclear Warfare: Sunday, July 26, 2020, 7 p.m. EDT
Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o3b33O_sThC2r2q5mBoctw