Dr. Zaher Wahab, a native of Afghanistan, will present a critical analysis of the political, military, economic, and cultural situation in that war-torn country. Zaher, formerly a professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, is Director of Graduate Studies at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the American University of Afghanistan. He has been traveling to Afghanistan every year since 2002 to help rebuild the Afghan higher education system.
This event is free but donations are accepted to help pay for Zaher’s travel costs and the use of the venue. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Doors open 6:30 PM, Zaher speaks at 7:00 PM.
Co-sponsored by Occupy Portland Elder Caucus, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Oregon PSR, and KBOO.
We hope that you will join Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and our community partners for the annual memorial of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 beginning at 6:00 PM at the Japanese American Historical Plaza at Waterfront Park in downtown Portland.
The year’s memorial event, Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: From Despair to Hope, will honor the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, highlight the current state of nuclear weapons and national and international efforts to abolish these morally unacceptable weapons, and provide opportunities for those present to get more involved and to take action for a world liberated from the dangers of nuclear weapons.
Oregon PSR Associate Director Sean Tenney will speak regarding the persistent threat of nuclear weapons, as well as some of the significant progress being made here in Oregon and at the international level, including United Nations’ efforts to pass a humanitarian ban on nuclear weapons, which would make their production and use illegal under international law. Human rights activist and writer Polo Catalani will be our event host, and we will be treated to a musical performance by Portland Taiko.
Immediately following the event, we will proceed to the University of Oregon Portland campus building directly across the street for Suspended Moment, a nuclear weapons-themed art, poetry, and music exhibition and butoh dance performance led by artist and performer Yukiyo Kawano.
Your financial support makes it possible for us to organize this annual event in order to educate and engage new activists in our work for a nuclear weapons-free world. Please give as generously as you can to support these efforts.