[pjw] March/Rally: "75 Years: Are We Destined To RepeatHiroshima/Nagasaki?" Fri 7/31/20 5:00 PM
Peace and Justice Works
pjw at pjw.info
Sun Jul 19 18:01:32 EDT 2020
Iraq Affinity Group Supporters:
Below is an announcement for our event coming up at the Friday rally on
July 31-- just under two weeks from now-- to mark 75 years since the bombs
dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The event will incorporate the Zones
Project (which we've done every five years since 2005) showing what would
happen if a nuclear bomb dropped on downtown Portland. It will also be
used to promote the annual Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
event, which will be on August 6 via online platforms.
We welcome people to join us-- as noted below, please RSVP if you can and
wear a mask.
We're also continuing to collect cosponsors for the event, so if your
group wants to sign on just let us know.
It occurred to me that this is the first special event Friday rally we've
held since we took over responsibility for the weekly event from PPRC back
in late March. But it's just as well as we want to continue to be safe
during the pandemic even while remembering history in order not to repeat
Please spread the word! The below information, including a poster and a
link to the zones project, is available here.
peace and justice works iraq affinity group
For immediate release July 19, 2020
Are We Destined To Repeat Hiroshima/Nagasaki?"
Rally and march remembering atomic bombs,
calling for disarmament
What: Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
When: Friday, July 31, 2020, 5-5:45 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway)
Who: Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, 503-236-3065
On Friday, July 31, the weekly rally for Peace and Justice, will
remember the United States' inhumane use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, calling for an end to nuclear weapons. As
it has since November 2001, the event will begin at 5 PM at the SW
corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway) with a
rally followed by a march around downtown. The theme of the event,
coordinated by Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is "75
Years: Are We Destined to Repeat Hiroshima/Nagasaki?" Participants are
asked to wear masks and practice social distancing; RSVPs are
appreciated to ensure we stay within a 25 person maximum.
The protest will include literature from the Zones Project, which
calls attention to the destruction caused by bombs the size of "Fat
Man" and "Little Boy." This starts with the inner circle of 1.5 miles
where all life and buildings were pulverized. The outer zone of 8.5
miles saw exposed people burned and blinded by the flash, all windows
broken, second degree burns and trauma.
Today's nuclear weapons have much higher yields.
The racist nature of the US military bombings, which killed hundreds of
thousands of Japanese people, echoes the thousands of Black lives taken
by the local purveyors of state violence-- the police. Similarly,
testing and mining have been done on indigenous lands with no regard to
health consequences. That Japan was preparing to surrender in August
1945 regardless of the nuclear blasts underscores that the US
deliberately killed civilians to show its military superiority.
The protest will also include the Ann Huntwork Memorial Peace Sign, the
digital reader board which first made its appearance in June of this
year. The rally will also be an opportunity to promote the Oregon
Physicians for Social Responsibility annual Hiroshima / Nagasaki
commemoration, taking place on Thursday, August 6 at 6 PM on line.*
Friday Rallies began as a project of Portland Peaceful Response
Coalition in November, 2001, a few weeks after the US invasion of
Afghanistan. In March, when the Governor's stay-at-home orders went
into place, Peace and Justice Works took over as the lead organization
for the events. This event is cosponsored by War Resisters League
For more information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 (voice or text), or email
iraq at pjw.info .
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