Peace Wave 2021
Peace Wave 2021 Newsletter
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Wave of Anti-Nuclear Peace Actions Circle around the Globe:
Peace Wave 2021 Concludes with Great Success
Peace Wave 2021 Newsletter
Vol. 2, August 24, 2021
All the programs of the 2021 World Conference have completed with great success. The Organizing Committee sends its gratitude to all the people from around the world who have joined the conference programs. Texts of the Statements and speeches delivered in main programs and videos are uploaded here. Nagasaki Day Rally digest video is available, too.
Many varieties of actions were conducted at the grass-roots, including standing appeals with placards/photos, paper-crane decorations, peace bell-tolling, peace marches, silent prayers, etc., at more than 300 places all over the country. Watch the video of the Nationwide Peace March 2021. Listing of actions are available here:
Peace Wave from Christchurch -- Hiroshima/Nagasaki Ceremony, August 8
A memorial ceremony was held at the World Peace Bell in the Ōtautahi, Christchurch Botanic Gardens. The A-bomb photos from Japan were displayed. Despite the cold weather and rain, 80 people joined, including the deputy mayor and the Japanese Consul. More photos of the event are available here:
Audrey van Ryn, International Fast for Peace, Auckland, August 6-9
I am a participant in nuclear-free New Zealand/Aotearoa in the International Fast for Peace and probably the only person in my country taking part, as I have done for several years. I am not doing any special activities, just fasting for four days. The participants of the fast are all in communication / solidarity with one another.
Nurturing Bridges of Peace. A Peace Memorial for Hiroshima from the Philippines, August 6 – 9, Japanese Garden, Rizal National Park, Manila
Because of the lockdown in Manila, there have been some adjustment in the planning. Nevertheless, the Peace Wave Philippines are holding the activities the best we can in partnership with National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and Para Sa Sining (For the Arts, a youth group) The details of the online activities for Aug. 6 & 9:
August 6 (Bombing of Hiroshima)
1. Art card - NPDC & Peace Wave Ph will be posting art card / poster on their respective pages; 2. Paper crane clips compilation (Photos and videos from last year) - a video compilation of materials from last year.
August 9 (Bombing of Nagasaki)
1. Art card - NPDC & Peace Wave Ph will be posting art card / poster on their respective pages. 2. Parkonversations - an online discussion format hosted online by NPDC (Resource speakers from Peace Wave). The episode for August 9 will feature commemoration of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings. The live discussion will/can cover the impact of the bombings, the Hibakushas, ways of moving forward together, international peace campaign and the Philippine setting, common people's expressions of peace.
1.Art card - NPDC & Peace Wave Ph will be posting art card / poster on their respective pages; 2. Video (compilation of messages from Peace Wave, music, poetry, storytellers from Para Sa Sining); 3. Commemoration, Mural Session by AG Saño & Lantern Floating Ceremony at the Japanese Garden in Rizal National Park. (if lockdown is not extended) 4. Parkonversations* - Subject for confirmation
Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council, August 5
(“Mr. Ghanendra Shrestha and I are joining the 2021 World Conference against A & H Bombs online. And we are going to organize a meeting on 5th August on the topic: ‘No more Hiroshima - No more Nagasaki’. I wish for the grand success of the conference.”
Special seminar, Peace Museum exhibition and webinars, August 6-9
Special seminar, Peace Museum exhibition and webinars, August 6-9
(1) Seminar “Nuclear Weapon Free World with Special Reference to India and Pakistan”, in Nagpur, India from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm on August 6. (2) No More Hiroshima: No More Nagasaki: Peace Museum. Open to Public from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm in Nagpur, from 6 to 9 August; (3) All India Webinar: Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki 6 and 9 August 2021. All India Webinar; (4) “Why Nuclear Weapons must be banned” Seminar in Hyderabad, on 8 August.
"Peace Wave: Human Life is Incompatible With Nuclear Weapons", Kiev
Ukrainian Pacifist Movement organized an exhibition entitled "Peace Wave: Human Life is Incompatible With Nuclear Weapons" in the Ivana Kudri Public Library in Kyiv, using the set of documentary posters sent from Gensuikyo. Flyers describing the posters in Ukrainian was prepared, inviting people to the exhibition to place in several public libraries. An online webinar is planned on 9 August entitled "Peace Wave: Why We Should Prohibit Nuclear Weapons." Ukrainian Pacifist Movement demands Ukraine to sign the TPNW. Executive Director Yuri Sheliazhenko says, “Members of the Eastern European Civil Education Network are suggesting to use these horrible photos of nuclear apocalypse for peace education... They are very timely for Ukraine. Our political elites have aspirations to join NATO, which is a nuclear military alliance shamelessly refusing to join TPNW…. Our society needs to see these tragic photos of nuclear bombed Japanese cities to rethink growing delusions regaining nuclear arms.”
Date/Place: August 6, 21:00 at Amphitheatre behind the Opera House.
In August, when the nights get darker, it's time to light the floating lanterns again. On Hiroshima day, the 6th of August, we will respect the memory of the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We will remind the world of the senselessness of nuclear weapons and the importance of working for peace. The event begins at 9 p.m. with speeches by cosmologist and author Kari Enqvist and priest Raija Korhonen. Music by Emma Salokoski and Johanna Juhola. The floating lanterns will be released at approximately 10 p.m. You can also buy lanterns at the event venue at 2 euros. Organized by Peace Union of Finland, Svenska Fredsvänner i Helsingfors, the Parish Union of Helsinki, Töölö Parish.
On Hiroshima Day on 6.8, Emmaus Åland traditionally invites you to a light ceremony in the Sjökvarteret, Osterleden at 9.30 pm with speeches and music. This year the theme is climate, conflict and crisis. Speaker: Petra Granholm, activist and member of Åland's Development and Sustainability Council. Sound: Casper Lindroos, experimental ambient music with the aim of sounding emotions. Lighting ceremony with lighting of lanterns in Slemmern.
“Hiroshima 2021”, August 6, Oslo
Nei til Atomvåpen (No to nuclear weapons) Oslo will commemorate the Hiroshima Day at 7 pm on August 6 at Eidsvolls park (beside the parliament). This event is to demand the Norwegian government sign the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This autumn we have a national election. We think it is important to remind candidates that they must support the agreement. Therefore we invite 2 candidates to have appeals. After the event we have a lantern ceremony. Before the event there will be a mass at the cathedral. We will also have a stand earlier on the same day.
The photo exhibition about the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, presented by Gensuikyo, was opened at Kupiškis Culture Centre in the northern part of Lithuania on August 5. Due to the worsening pandemic situation, the number of participants had to be limited. After the opening, the heads of the city municipality asked to extend the exhibition until the middle of September, so that the students of gymnasiums could visit it. Kęstutis Jakštas, Director of Kupiškis District Municipality Administration, Ričardas Barzdenis, President of Kupiškis Rotary Club, Vilma Mažeikienė, Chairman of the Lithuanian Rotary Coordination Council, attended the opening of the exhibition. In the opening speech, I told the participants about Japan, the World Conference against A & H Bombs, the disasters in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini, as well as the problems of nuclear power plants - Chernobyl, Ignalina, Fukushima and the unsafe Astrava nuclear power plant that started operating at the Lithuanian border in Belarus. Kupiškis Cultural Center ensemble Cantata performed several very sensitive and meaningful pieces. Signatures are collected during the exhibition in support of Hibakushas call for the abolition of nuclear weapons. WE WISH PEACE WAVE SUCCESS! (Report from Gediminas Rimdeika, the initiator of the exhibition, doctor, founder and head of Lithuanian Chernobyl Medical Center, President of Trakai Rotary Club) More photos and articles here:
There will be a memorial for the victims of the military and economic usage of nuclear materials on the 6th of August 2021, starting at 18:00, at the Stephansplatz in the first district of Vienna. The event is hosted by the Hiroshima Group Vienna, the Viennese Peace Movement and Pax Christi Vienna, as well as OMEGA/IPPNW and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. We are collecting statements as a symbol of international solidarity calling for the abolition of these inhumane weapons of mass destruction. A horrendous amount of funding is used for the enlargement and modernisation of nuclear weapons arsenals and armament, but these funds could be used in our fight against hunger, for the betterment of health care and education, as well as cultural and environmental matters. Send your message against nuclear weapons, armament and war to: email@example.com. They will be published online at www.hiroshima.at, or in peace publications.
Vredesoverleg Gent will commemorate the anniversary days on August 8 with concert and poems. 9 pm: Free concert and poem in the St. Nicholas Church. The musicians and poet will be announced shortly. 10 pm: We will launch lanterns at Korenlei to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Soprano Anna Pardo and cellist Eline Duerinck will provide atmospheric live music.
Commemoration to honour the memory of the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Nagasaki and the nuclear tests, and to call for global nuclear disarmament by Collectif Parc Hibakusha, Mons
Time/Place: Saturday 7 August, 14:00-17:00 at Hibakusha Park Plaine de Nimy Campus, Av. du Champ de Mars à 5000 Mons. The program includes an exhibition, videos, presentation of the Hibakusha Park project in development and of the professionals, teachers and students.The Hibakusha Collective is composed of people and associations collaborating in the realization and the durability of the new Hibakusha Park within the Nimy Plain Campus at the University of Mons in Belgium. This park, initiated in 1989 by Pierre Piérart (UMons), is a place of remembrance and a plea for the elimination of nuclear weapons in the world.
EXHIBITION on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, EKO House, Dusseldorf
Exhibition: "Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, 8:15 a.m. - Nagasaki, August 9, 1945, 11:02 a.m." will be held by the IPPNW at Foyer of the EKO House (of Japanese Culture), Brüggener Weg 6, 40547 Düsseldorf.
International Fast between August 6 and August 9, calling for nuclear disarmament and urging each country to sign the TPNW are planned in Berlin (Lothar Eberhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org), Emden / Cologne / Büchel (Serge Levillayer, email@example.com and Matthias-W. Engelke, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Le Mouvement de la Paix – National
On the occasion of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration, Le Mouvement de la Paix issued the statement calling on France to respect its international commitments to nuclear disarmament, and issued an “Open letter to parliamentarians: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 76th anniversary” urging them to work for France’s accession to the TPNW. Throughout France, local affiliates carried out commemorative activities to remember the 1945 atomic bombing and urging France to join the TPNW.
Time/ Date: 07 August at 18:00; Place: In front of the Lunéville's Castle
Mouvement de la Paix sud-Lorraine will hold a candlelight vigil to remember all the victims of the nuclear bombs, and exposition of photos. People will collect signatures for the petition urging France to sign the TPNW.
International Fast between August 6 and August 9, calling for nuclear disarmament and urging each country to sign the TPNW are planned in Dijon-Valduc (Dominique Lalanne, email@example.com), Mont Saint Michel (Josette Lenoury, firstname.lastname@example.org), Brest-Ile Longue (Chrystelle, email@example.com), Tours (Marie Claude Thibaud, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The anniversary of nuclear weapons being dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 is commemorated across the world. CND is encouraging our supporters to join an international grassroots action that will allow people – wherever they are – to join together in one action. Global waves of anti-nuclear peace actions will sweep the globe between August 2-9, marking the commemorative week of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days and the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs. CND is encouraging actions at 11am (UK time) on the morning of August 6th. How can you join in?
Contact: Sara Medi Jones, email@example.com
Hiroshima Remembered - LRCND Commemoration, Friday, August 6
This weekend, peace activists across Greater Manchester will hold a series of vigils, ceremonies and street stalls to commemorate the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please join us to reflect on this terrible history, so it does not repeat itself.
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): Ban Cities Appeal Regional Workshop, Thurs 12th August, 7pm - 8pm, Zoom
Richard Outram from Yorkshire CND will lead a workshop about the Ban Cities Appeal (more here), which is an opportunity for cities and towns to publicly demonstrate their opposition to nuclear weapons.
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Commemoration at Kendal and Lancaster by South Lakeland and Lancaster District CND
On Friday, 6 August, anti-nuclear campaigners met in Abbot Hall Park, Kendal. Members and supporters of South Lakeland and Lancaster District CND kept a minute’s silence for the 340,000 children,
women and men who died as a result of the atomic bombs dropped in 1945 and shared readings calling for a world free from nuclear weapons. They also potted a camellia seed which fellow peace campaigners in Japan had sent to them and scattered flowers and petals on the river Kent in memory of all victims of war.
The Nagasaki Day commemoration was held on the Millenium Bridge, Lancaster. The participants welcomed the declaration of support for the TPNW by the City Council in January and repeated their call for the UK to ratify the Treaty.
International Fast between August 6 and August 9, calling for nuclear disarmament and urging each country to sign the TPNW is planned in Togo’s capital city Lomé.
Time/Place: Friday, August 06, 2021 • 7:00 PM ET
Peace activists and dynamic artists will highlight the importance of Canada’s joining the growing number of nations signing the Ban Treaty, and how we can contribute to the elimination of nuclear weapons. This event will include esteemed speakers, musical performances, Mayoral Proclamations and a lantern ceremony.
Speakers and performers include Setsuko Thurlow, Kehkashan Basu, Ron Korb, Erin Hunt and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.
Time/Place: Friday, August 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Cornwall and Burrard in Vancouver Centre
Live discussions this week -- Project Save the World
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Ottawa: Lantern Ceremony, August 6
Time/ Place: Friday August 6, 202, 7:30 PM at 5th Ave. & Queen Elizabeth Driveway along the Rideau Canal
“From Hiroshima To Fukushima”, 76 years”, Aug 2-9 in solidarity with #PeaceWave2021, Portland, ME (Online & in-person events)
We would like to highlight the two faces of the nuclear industry and raise concerns as to whether nuclear energy is any answer to Climate, to global warming.
Also, 76th Hiroshima & Nagasaki commemoration rally was held in Brunswick Green, August 6. #PeaceWave 2021 urges the U.S President & Senate to Sign and Ratify the Nuclear Abolition Treaty that makes nuclear weapons illegal and commemorates the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Here is an 8 minute clip: https://youtu.be/pJCyjGRSzRI One person who was there was 92 years old.
The event was co-sponsored by: Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Peaceworks of Greater Brunswick, Peace Action Maine, Veterans for Peace, Maine, WILPS-Maine. The screening of “The Atom: A Love Affair” was also organized by Peace Action-ME during August 2-9.
Remembering Hiroshima Peace Walk and Ceremony, Montpelier, VT
On August 6, the annual Remembering Hiroshima Peace Walk and Ceremony will begin promptly at 6:45 p.m., at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in downtown Montpelier, and proceed in silence down State Street to the high school. Participants will carry peace cranes made and donated by a Hiroshima resident whose family experienced the bombing. At 7:15 p.m., the exact time of the dropping of the bomb, the procession will stop and the bells of Christ Church will chime 76 times, once for every year since the bombing. A short ceremony will take place at the high school, culminating in sending flowers with intentions for peace down the Winooski river. All are welcome to participate. For more information visit https://buddhistpeaceactionvt.org. or contact Neville Berle: 802-249-5905.
Massachusetts Peace Action calls on people and organizations to initiate or join Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemorative events to build support for nuclear disarmament.
Our events will be held in conjunction with global “Peace Wave 2021” initiated by Gensuikyo in memory of the lives lost in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Gensuikyo has renewed its the call for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and urge all nations to join the TPNW. For the United States, this also means immediate action to halt the $1.7 Trillion nuclear upgrade and the "Money Pit Missile", calling for a "No First Use" policy, and negotiating a policy of common security with the other nuclear powers especially given the other existential threat, the climate crisis. For details, click the title of each event below or visit here.
Tue August 3, 3:30 pm EDT, August 3 at Lincoln Square, Worcester
Remembrance and Hope – the Journey from Hiroshima to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – Zoom online event
Thu August 5 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm EDT at Showa Boston. Register here.
Friday, August 6, from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., at the corner of Main and Moody Streets
Fri August 6 @ 8:00 am - 8:30 am EDT at First Parish Church
Fri August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT, at Court Square, Corner of Main Street and Court Street, Springfield, MA
Fri August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Friends Meeting at Cambridge
Fri August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Fri August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT. For details and tickets click here:
Sun Aug 8 10:00 am EDT. Online zoom event with Q & A.
Sun Aug 8 7:30 pm EDT at Watertown Square
Mon August 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT at Harvard Square MBTA entrance
Mon August 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Sat August 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
Sat August 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
In New York State alone, there were at least 18 events this week (See list below) commemorating the 76th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the bombings, the U.S. military and government suppressed the truth about the devastation caused by those attacks by confiscating film, controlling reporting, dismissing the victims, and threatening the truth-tellers. The effect of the propaganda lies of the 1940's lives with us today. It is important to remember the humanitarian consequences of the atom bombings, as well as the harm done by ongoing uranium mining, nuclear weapons testing, nuclear accidents, and the threats of nuclear war. Below you will see how Peace Action New York State chapters and our allies are working to bring out, not only the historical truth, but showing us the way to engage all generations in abolishing nuclear weapons. Recordings/photos/reports of the events are found here: No More Hiroshimas! No More Nagasakis! No More Fukushimas!
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 7:30PM-8:30PM ET. LONG ISLAND. Hiroshima VIRTUAL Commemoration. UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. 48 Shelter Rock Rd, Manhasset, NY,
Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Willow, and Shelter Rock Unitarian Social Justice Committee invite you to a Hiroshima Commemoration with poetry, music, prayer, and presentations. On the program are music from Karl Jenkins, presentations by Ray Acheson from WILPF and Emily Rubino, Exec. Dir. of Peace Action NYS, a reading from Margaret Engels, and music from Willow.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 9AM-10:30AM ET. MANHATTAN. AUGUST 5TH VIRTUAL COMMEMORATION OF THE 76th ANNIVERSARY OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKi
Manhattan Project for a Nuclear Free World brings together youth activists from Hiroshima, Fukushima, as well as activists and music from New York (including PANYS, Vets for Peace, and Raging Grannies) in a beautiful program, that will include a report back from a meeting at the Japanese Consulate.
Please join the Heiwa Foundation to Commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings. The Part 1: This year’s gatherings will be held online, on Facebook live and Youtube live. The below links to the livestreams are also posted on the Heiwa Foundation site. http://www.heiwafoundation.org/Activities
THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 7:30PM-9PM ET. AVON. IN PERSON. Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration.
Avon Traffic Circle, Routes 5&20 in Avon, NY. It will be the 47th consecutive year in which we have held a commemoration. There will be signs, songs, candles, and sharing of hope for a peaceful human future! People will be able to maintain physical distancing. It’s a large traffic circle. Plenty of room.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 7:45AM-8:45AM. SYRACUSE. IN PERSON. HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION BANNER DROP.
Spencer St. bridge over Route 81, Syracuse. The Syracuse Peace Council calls us to move Back from the Nuclear Brink.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 8:15AM ET. BINGHAMTON. IN PERSON. HIROSHIMA DAY REMEMBRANCE.
30 Main St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Broome County Peace Action & Veterans for Peace will ring the large bell at First Congregational Church. “We will continue our tradition to remember the incineration of Hiroshima with an open microphone for comments. Please come to continue the tradition of remembrance." FACEBOOK EVENT.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 11AM-4PM ET ALBANY. IN PERSON. Reading of John Hersey's Hiroshima. Townsend Park (Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Avenue), in Albany, NY.
The event is free and open to the public, and those interested in reading can sign up when they arrive. Please bring chairs. Sponsoring organizations include the Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, the Poetry Motel Foundation, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. This public reading, commemorating the atomic bombing of Japan, was started by the late Tom Nattell, an Albany poet and environmental activist, and has occurred every year since the late 1980s. For further information, contact Dan Wilcox at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-482-0262.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 11AM-12PM ET. MANHATTAN. Speaker Johnson: Pass Nuclear Disarmament Legislation Now!
David N. Dinkin's Municipal Building - 1 Centre Street, NYC. On the 76th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we will gather outside the Municipal Building to honor a few of the many activists who have fought to keep New York City free of nuclear weapons. We will deliver a letter to Council Speaker Corey Johnson urging him to bring NYC nuclear disarmament legislation, Resolution 976 & Introduction 1621, both with a veto-proof super majority of co-sponsors, to the floor for a vote. The site of the gathering is rich with history, because the development of the atomic bombs began across the street from City Hall at the Manhattan Project headquarters, at 270 Broadway. Sponsored by Rise and Resist. FACEBOOK EVENT
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 12PM-1PM ET. SCHENECTADY IN PERSON. Hiroshima/Nagasaki Vigil,
Schenectady, NY 12305. The Schenectady Neighbors for Peace weekly vigil will observe the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversaries this Friday, August 6th from Noon to 1 p.m. in Schenectady, corner of State St. and Erie Boulevard. We will display messages of remembrance for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and other messages of peaceful solutions to the world’s many problems.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6. 5PM-6PM ET. BELLPORT. IN PERSON 39th Annual Hiroshima World Peace Vigil and Community Dedication to Peace. 22 Station Rd., Bellport, NY
South Country Peace Group and cosponsors, North Country Peace Group and Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, invite you to participate in this LIVE Commemoration. Procession starts from South Country Library to Bellport Village Marina for 5:45pm program with music, poetry, prayer, readings, topical/nuclear updates featuring Jason Neal, Paul Ames, Rick Sackett, Margaret Engel, Diane Atkinson and perhaps a surprise special guest!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 5PM-11PM. MANHATTAN. IN PERSON and LIVESTREAM. Reverse The Trend's Peace Festival,
Selina Chelsea NYC Hotel, 518 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001, USA. This is an opportunity for youth to get directly involved in advocacy efforts and engage with fellow advocates and diplomats. This event will commemorate the 76th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. RSVP HERE.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 11AM-12:30PM ET. STATEN ISLAND. IN PERSON. he Mighty String Demons Commemorate Hiroshima/Nagasaki, Staten Island Children's Museums Grounds.
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY. The Mighty String Demons will use beautiful music, the story of Sadako, and origami paper cranes to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the cause of peace and abolishing nuclear weapons forever. This program is a collaborative project of Peace Action of Staten Island, the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, and the Mighty String Demons. See FACEBOOK Event.
#CranesForOurFuture, a paper crane folding even was also held by Peace Action of Staten Island.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1PM-2PM ET. BAY RIDGE. IN PERSON: Abolish Nuclear Weapons Silent Vigil. JOHN PAUL JONES PARK, 4th AVE. & SHORE RD. (1 block after 101st Street), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.
We will be carrying one banner, “ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS” and distributing literature. Peace Action Bay Ridge.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1PM-3PM ET. MANHATTAN. IN PERSON Prayer Walk for Repentance and Transformation in Battery Park, Manhattan, NY
Pax Christi Metro is doing this Prayer Walk in commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and in opposition to nuclear weapons. All are welcome.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 12PM-5PM ET. MANHATTAN. IN PERSON. NYC
War Resisters League Hiroshima Nagasaki Exhibit. Temperance Fountain, Tompkins Park, 120 Avenue A, New York, NY. A fence display of the history of the Hiroshima/ Nagasaki atom bomb attacks and the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 11AM-12:30PM ET. STATEN ISLAND. VIRTUAL. “Atomic Coverup” with Greg Mitchell on ZOOM.
Greg Mitchell probes a turning point in U.S. history: the suppression of film footage, for decades, shot by a U.S. Army unit in Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- with staggering consequences even today. You can watch a trailer for the documentary, including some of the suppressed footage HERE. Mitchell’s half hour presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion. The program is open to all.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 8PM-10:30PM ET. PART 2: 28th Annual Interfaith Peace Gathering VIRTUAL
Please join the Heiwa Foundation to Commemorate the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings. This year’s gatherings will be held online, on Facebook live and Youtube live. The below links to the livestreams are also posted on the Heiwa Foundation site. http://www.heiwafoundation.org/Activities
MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 11:30AM-12:30PM. SYRACUSE. IN PERSON. Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration Tableau,
New York State Office Building, 333 E Washington St, Syracuse, NY 13202, Syracuse Peace Council calls us to move Back from the Nuclear Brink. Tableau with petitions and flyers. Possibly repeated elsewhere 11:30-12:30. To volunteer: email@example.com.
2021 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Calendar by Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD
For the past 40 years, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee has been organizing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and power, and in support of nuclear victims. We believe that if the world is to avoid repeating the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must strive to keep alive the memory of the bombings. This August we again will commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unfortunately, due to the Pandemic we will not have Hibakusha guests this August. Instead, we will have a virtual Hiroshima Remembrance on August 5. It will feature a moment of silence at 7:15pm, followed by a slide show of over 200 photos and documents covering the past 40 years. John Steinbach & Ellen Thomas will describe each slide & time will be given to others to add comments. Those who have participated in our programs over the past 40 years are encouraged to participate and share memories.
Lynn Salvo’s Continental Peace Sign Bike Project
Cyclist Lynn Salvo will be completing the final leg (the USA west coast) of a continental-sized Peace Sign, her goal to promote peace and peace awareness in the world. She has many followers and supporters, including the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). We pursue this goal in solidarity with Antiatom’s goal for a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World – for the Future of the Humankind and Our Planet. Thank you for including our information in the “Peace Wave News” to publicize globally.
"From Nuclear Journey of Death to Nuclear Weapons Abolition: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 – 9, 1945, Historic Banner and Picture Display at Lockheed Martin, PA, August 7, 12 Noon US EST
Hiroshima - Nagasaki Anniversary Remembrance, historic anti-nuclear weapons banner and photo display on hillside in front of Lockheed Martin complex in King of Prussia. The display and vigil will be followed by protest demonstration and nonviolent resistance.
Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace will organize a film premiere “Atomic Cover-Up” followed by Q&A with the filmmaker Greg Mitchell on Zoom at 7 pm, August 7. The film won the First Prize in the 2021 International Uranium Film Festival, Rio de Janiero. Free to the public.
Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration, August 6, 8 and 9 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus Campaign for Arms Control (CCAC) will host a series of events including public protest, August 6, 2021, concert, August 8, 2021, and teach-in August 9, 2021 in Justice Garden, local church, and local campus. More details to come but first rehearsal of musicians is taking place this weekend. Local composer (David) is writing a new organ piece with some church singers based on the theme of Hiroshima and nuclear disarm, seems to be a powerful work to open with...To close we will have a new work called BEING, a kind of prayer to the peace idea for solo violin played by Devin Copfer. In between these pieces, Paul Strawser will play the revised SARCASMS in a polished state. And I will conclude with the New POSTLUDES with rooms. URL: http://www.columbusfreepress.org
The Snake River Alliance, Hiroshima/Nagasaki Memorial, Boise, ID
On August 7, 1-3pm MST, at Esther Simplot Pavilion in Boise, Idaho, The Snake River Alliance will be folding paper cranes and handing out information about the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty
Hiroshima Names and Remembrance Ceremony, August 6, Oak Ridge, and Peace Lantern Ceremony remembering Nagasaki, August 7, Knoxville, TN
During the Names and Remembrance Ceremony (6-9 am, Aug.6), names of victims and first-hand survivor accounts are read publicly; a bell is tolled for each name; a peace crane is tied to a fence opposite the entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex (where the Little Boy HEU was produced). During the Peace Lantern Ceremony (8-9:30pm, Aug. 7, Sequoia Peace Park), a Litany for Peace is read, traditional Japanese folk dancing is taught; a shadow puppet presentation of the bombing of Nagasaki, followed by the launching of peace lanterns in the Tennessee River. We will also have a rally for nuclear abolition, a march to the bomb plant and an action highlighting the ban treaty and the appeal of hibakusha on Saturday, August 7 during the day in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Outlaw Nation: United Nations Outlaws Nuclear Weapons 2021. US Business and Usual, August 8, Fayetteville, AR
The nations of the world have outlawed these weapons of mass destruction, but the United States clings to its hegemony as the largest holder of nuclear weapons and the only nation that has used them against another nation. Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology will meet at 7:00 pm at our building at 3274 N. Lee Ave, Fayetteville to remember the victims of nuclear weapons and inform ourselves about the new nuclear weapons ban that our nation is still ignoring. Kelly and Donna Mulhollan will play music. Mayor Lioneld Jordan brings a proclamation of the day and delivers remarks, Abel Tomlinson keynotes on the weapons ban, Gladys Tiffany will comment on Omni activities over the past year, and plans for this uncertain future we're all enduring. Because of covid we will be live-streaming the event for people to safely observe the event from home, and also entertain a small group at the Omni Building for those who choose to attend.
Border Peace Presence and Pax Christi El Paso will hold a Peace Vigil “Hiroshima: Never Again” in observance of the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at downtown from Noon to 1 pm, August 6, at the corner of Campbell and San Antonio between the Federal and County Courthouses El Paso, Texas. Contact: Mary Gourdoux, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Call to Action, Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki From Testing to Trident to Treaty, August 7-9, Poulsbo, WA
The planned activities have been scaled down due to the COVID-19. But some of the activities were held, including the blockade of the Naval Base Kitsup-Bangor on August 9. Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action planned various activities from August 7th through 9th to remember and to rededicate ourselves to the struggle to abolish nuclear weapons. The culmination of the weekend will be Monday morning's vigil and nonviolent direct action. For details, please click the link of our event page. The Ground Zero Center also put up the paid public service announcement on the August 6 issue of the Kitsup Sun: Remembering the Atomic Bomb Victims of Hiroshima, Japan.
Time/Date: August 6: 9:00-10:45 am (Live) and August 9:00-10:45 am (Pre-recorded) PDT
Veterans For Peace Nuclear Abolition Working Group calls for public commemoration on August 6-8
The Veterans For Peace Nuclear Abolition Working Group calls upon VFP Chapters and individual members to commemorate publicly the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the weekend of August 6, 7, and 8 and also encourages members to join the actions organized by one of the many allied organizations that address nuclear issues. “After the action, please send pictures and a brief description to the VFP Communications Director, Colleen Kelly, at email@example.com. Wage Peace!”
WILPF-US Section member groups are planning to join the Peace Wave in the following states:
(Information from Ellen Thomas, WILPF-US Disarmament Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fresno, CA. WILPF Fresno: 8am 6th August at the Peace Garden, CA State University Fresno with speakers & 11am 9th August at the Shinzen Friendship Garden, Woodward Park, Fresno, with speakers. 17th Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance and Peace Lantern Ceremony Sat, Aug 7, 2021, 7pm-9pm Pacific Time Lovers Point Beach Cove, Pacific Grove, CA, Keynote speaker, Joe Aki Ouye, artist, hibakusha. WILPF Monterey County. PDF flyer here.
Gather outside main gate of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore CA at 9am PDT on 6 & 9 August, featuring nuclear analyst and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Nobu Hanaoka, and an amazing line-up of speakers and musicians dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons.
The WILPF Humboldt branch is again joining the city of Arcata, Humboldt Buddhist peace fellowship, Vets for Peace, and more in a lantern floating ceremony on Saturday August 7 starting at 7pm. We will be particularly remembering our member Jene McCovey, Yurok, who was an activist of many causes and who spoke at our ceremony last year.
WILPF members and community peace activists vigil with signs and banners at the busy intersection of El Camino and Embarcadero in Palo Alto every Friday from noon-1pm, and on August 6 stand in silent vigil from noon to 2pm commemorating the Hiroshima/Nagasaki bombings, and our signs urge the U.S. and other nuclear powers to sign the TPNW and transfer funds from the military to human needs. We will be displaying some of the 1000 remaining paper cranes from our July/August 2020 installation of 2080 paper peace cranes outside a local art gallery. We will garland trees and crossing poles at the busy corner with cranes and hand others out to pedestrians with a flyer about WILPF. Watch this video to learn how 2080 cranes were made and displayed by local residents.
Moving Beyond Suffering to Hope - No More Nukes. Friday, Aug. 6; 7:00 PM at the Japanese Bell (just south of Capitol in Des Moines) A remembrance & memorial service co-sponsored by WILPF, to include reflections, poetry, music, and the traditional ringing of the bell & placement of flowers. Please bring your own flower & chair. Rain location is Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 E. 12 Des Moines. Sun. Aug. 8; 1:30- 3:00 PM Teach-in & Action session, First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. DM. Zoom presentations to be followed by local responses. Global Zero will share their campaign to secure international commitments to a No First Strike policy. The National Iranian American Council will present an update on the status of the reinstatement efforts of the JCPOA. The presentation will include information about the impact of sanctions on the Iranian people.
Movie: The Atom: A Love Affair: In commemoration of Hiroshima/Nagasaki (From Hiroshima to Fukushima) WILPF’s MAINE branch offers, online, the movie The Atom: A Love Affair, exploring the Legacy of the Nuclear Industry. Answering Gensuikyo's call for #PeaceWave2021, the screening will be held Aug. 2 - Aug 9. A sweeping story of technological obsession, political imperatives and powerful, conflicting passions, 'The Atom: A Love Affair' is an ambitious international feature documentary spanning more than 7 decades and 5 different countries, exploring the West's rollercoaster love-hate relationship with nuclear power since the end of World War 2. Register and view on your own time: (https://fb.me/e/1yC0tZBUP)
Vigil to Commemorate the Victims of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Sponsored by WILPF and the Western NC Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Date/Time: Friday, August 6th, 4:00-6:00pm; Location: site of Vance Monument In Downtown Asheville
The WILPF Burlington Branch: Vermont International Film Festival, and Burlington City Arts is sponsoring a Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorative event on Thursday, August 5th at the City Hall Park between College St. and Main St. in Burlington, VT. The event will start at 1 pm, and there will be activities for both youth and adults, including painting for peace, origami crane folding, sidewalk chalk drawing, a penny spending survey, the telling of the Sadako story, and information & resources table. At 7:30pm Dr. John Reuwer will lead a discussion on the risks of nuclear weapons and the possibilities for eliminating them. From 8:15 to 10:00 pm, we will show the classic film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Sunflower Ghost Dance Poetry Circle: 9th Annual Nuclear Abolition/Hiroshima-Nagasaki Interfaith Commemoration, August 6, 6:00-10:00 PM (EST)
People are invited--from anywhere in the world-- to read/recite poetry about the nuclear age, peace, human survival or courage and inspiration. Poems can be read in any language with English translations if available.
The Mindful Peace Building, August 7, 2:00-3:30 pm PST
This Mindful Peacebuilding gathering is part of Peace Wave 2021. The U.S. and other nuclear-armed states continue to compete for global military hegemony, developing new types of nuclear weapons and modernizing their arsenals. Despite the grave crises the world is facing-- the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, poverty, race inequity, disparity in wealth, gender-related problems--countries do not stop pouring vast resources into military confrontations and buildup. These Peace Wave events urge the U.S. to join the International TPNW, calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Jun Hamamoto will be offering on Zoom an origami workshop folding paper cranes, as she has for many years at San Quentin (pre-Covid). There will also be a small in-person gathering in the garden at 3130 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, 2pm PST
76th Commemoration Event of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 7
The American Society of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivors will hold the 76th Commemoration Event of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Saturday, August 7th 2021 at 5:00 pm PT. Abbot Matsumoto of Koyasan Betsuin Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles will provide prayer and blessings. Mr. Ernest Satoru Arai is the guest speaker in the webinar.
The PSR is compiling the list of actions planned to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Days.
Vigils, workshops, speeches and demonstrations in support of the International Fast are being planned currently in France, Germany, New Zealand, Togo, U.K. and U.S.A, on the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th August 2021. Call of the international fasters can be found: http://tridentploughshares.org/call-of-the-international-groups-of-fasters-2021/
In U.K., the fast will be held at Victoria Embankment Gardens, London, organized by Trident Ploughshares and London CND. An estimated 20 people will be taking part in the International Fast in the U.K. throughout the 4 days, liaising closely with the hundred+ fasters around the world. We will be supported and joined by hundreds of people taking part in associated actions: workshops, die-ins, vigils ad commemorative events. Other locations for the fast in the UK include: Castle Park, Bristol, BS1 3XB, (see https://www.facebook.com/xrpeacebristol/), Iona in Scotland, Barnstaple and Plymouth in Devon.
International Peace Bureau supports the “Peace Wave 2021”
Please watch the video message from Reiner Braun, Executive Director of the IPB in support of the “Peace Wave 2021” and calling for participation in the global grass-roots actions.
Co-President Philip Jennings was the featured speaker at the Nagasaki Rally of the 2021 World Confeence on behalf of the IPB.
Abolition 2000 Global Network welcomes the “Peace Wave 2021"
At its annual general meeting held in May, the Gensuikyo representative made the proposal to support and join the “Peace Wave 2021” and the 2021 World Conference against A and H Bombs, which was warmly welcomed by the participating organizations in the global network of peace movements working for the abolition of nuclear weapons.