Oregon PSR and our community partners are in the process of planning the annual Portland-area memorial to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which this year marks the 75th anniversary of this tragic and preventable loss of human life. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Thursday, August 6th beginning at 6:00 PM for 75 Years Later Is Now: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Ending the Nuclear Threat, an online event honoring the lives lost to nuclear weapons and exploring how we, together, can create a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.
Our guest speakers will include Tricia Pritikin, a Hanford Downwinder, legal advocate, and author; Harvey Thorstad, an Atomic Veteran and peace activist; and Oregon PSR Advisory Board members Chisao Hata, a Japanese American performing artist and community organizer, and Yukiyo Kawano, an artist and third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). Our opening land acknowledgement statement will be provided by environmental activist Cathy Sampson-Kruse of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, and our event emcee will be Kyle Iboshi, an investigative news reporter with KGW News. We'll also have a musical performance by Portland-based musician Anna Fritz.
Our speakers will explore the lasting dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear injustice, discuss the importance of shifting our spending priorities away from these weapons and towards safe and resilient communities, and let you know how you can get more involved in the growing nuclear weapons abolition movement.
Your tax-deductible contribution makes it possible for us to organize this annual event and to educate, engage, and empower activism for a nuclear weapons-free world. Please join us as an Event Sponsor by contributing $75.00 or more today.
Click the text above to join the event, or copy and paste this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87515210059
Also, please take action today by signing the Appeal of the Hibakusha for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
The hibakusha appeal is a petition created by a group of hibakusha, the survivors of the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The petition calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. This year, on the 75th anniversary of the bombings, supporting this international petition is a main ask of Japanese groups for the United States.
Thank you so much for your support, and we very much look forward to you joining us online on August 6th.
Co-sponsors for this event include:
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Multnomah Meeting of Friends
One Sunny Day Initiatives
Oregon Hiroshima Club
Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group
Veterans for Peace Chapter 72
War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation
Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF), Portland Branch
Event endorsers include:
Associated events on August 6th and August 9th:
75 years after the first nuclear weapons were used, the weapons are #stillhere. So are the survivors.
Oregon PSR has been collaborating with national-level event planning to mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Throughout the day on both Thursday, August 6th and Sunday, August 9th, an online event series will feature speakers representing frontline communities, anti-nuclear advocacy organizations, and more.
Note: The information below pertains to our August 6th online memorial event only, not the associated events above.