Oregon PSR expresses our sincere appreciation for everyone who attended and supported 75 Years Later Is Now: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Ending the Nuclear Threat, an online memorial event honoring the lives lost to nuclear weapons and exploring how we can create a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.
Our guest speakers included 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, educator, and community organizer, and Yukiyo Kawano, an artist and third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor). Our opening land acknowledgement statement was delivered by Cathy Sampson-Kruse, an enrolled member of the Walla Walla Tribe, and our event emcee was Kyle Iboshi, an investigative reporter with KGW News. Music provided courtesy of Portland-based performing artist Anna Fritz.
Our speakers shared their own personal accounts of the impacts of nuclear weapons on their own lives. These powerful stories remind us of the urgent need to abolish nuclear weapons, and to invest in healthy and resilient communities instead of funding these weapons of indiscriminate mass murder.
A special thank-you to our event planning committee, co-sponsoring organizations, and all of the Oregon PSR donors whose generous contributions helped make this event possible.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, 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.
Learn more about nuclear weapons, and the urgent need for nuclear disarmament by visiting Oregon PSR's nuclear weapons resource page.
Co-sponsors for our August 6th event included:
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
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