Join us on Monday, August 6th at the Japanese American Historical Plaza (NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street) in Portland in remembering the victims of the August 6th and August 9th, 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, learning about the impacts of nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific Islands, and taking action for nuclear disarmament.
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Our event emcee will be Jesse Gasper, Executive Director of the Oregon Marshallese Community and the Oregon Bikini Association.
An opening invocation will be conducted by Reverend Eisei Ikenaga, head priest of the Nichiren Buddhist Temple of Portland.
Speakers from the Pacific Islands will discuss the lasting cultural and human health impacts of decades of nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific Islands.
Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Lewis and Clark College and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, South Korea, will discuss recent developments in the nuclear weapons situation between the United States and North Korea.
This event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature musical performances, including taiko drumming ensemble Unit Souzou, dance, poetry, and opportunities for YOU to take action.
The event will be followed by Children Remember: Nuclear Stories Through Memories, Relationships, and Art exhibit, organized by artist Yukiyo Kawano in collaboration with Oregon PSR Advisory Board member Chisao Hata, across the street at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (75 NW Couch Street) beginning at 7:15 PM. This event involves art pieces that resulted from year-long conversations between high school students living in Hiroshima and atomic bomb survivors (hibakusha), as well as a live-feed conversation with Keiko Ogura, one of the hibakusha involved in the project.
Event co-sponsors include: Oregon PSR, Living Islands, Metanoia Peace Community, Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, Portland JACL, Oregon Hiroshima Club, Oregon Marshallese Community, Oregon Bikini Association, SGI-USA Buddhists, Veterans for Peace Chapter 72, and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom..
We look forward to seeing you on August 6th!
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NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
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