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