[pjw] RSVP/Reminder: March/Rally: "75 Years: Are We Destined To Repeat Hiroshima/Nagasaki?" Fri 7/31/20 5:00 PM

Peace and Justice Works pjw at pjw.info
Tue Jul 28 18:04:30 EDT 2020

Hello again IAG supporters

We've prepared special signs for Friday's Hiroshima/Nagasaki memorial with 
information about the 6 zones affected by nuclear blasts. PPRC is also making 
signs about the horrific bombings 75 years ago. We still have room for more 
people to attend the Friday rally at 5 PM on the 31st so if you haven't RSVP'd 
yet but want to be there please let us know. Don't forget to wear a mask if you 
do come!

Here again is a link to the Zones Project info, which includes an interactive 
map (I think) you can use to tell what zone you live in, as well as 
downloadable posters for each on.


Also, flyers for this Friday's event are available on our website along with 
the same description listed below.


And the end of the announcement includes the link to the Oregon PSR event on 
August 6.

Please share widely but remember to include the RSVP request so we don't have 
more than 25 people at the event.

dan handelman
peace and justice works iraq affinity group


Peace and Justice Works
    Iraq Affinity Group
    PO Box 42456
    Portland, OR   97242
    (503) 236-3065  (Office)
    iraq at pjw.info

    For immediate release         July 28, 2020

                                   "75 Years:
                 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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