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This was our* HiroshimaNagasaki75.org commemorative event. Saturday August 8, Payson Park. Denny Dreher of Pax Christi Maine begins the program with a reading of the poem "Water."
"We are part of a group of organizations and individuals working together:
--to mark the anniversaries of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Trinity nuclear test.
--to highlight the voices of those affected by nuclear weapons: the hibakusha, downwind communities, nuclear workers, uranium workers, military personnel, and their families who were exposed to harmful and sometimes deadly levels of ionizing radiation and other toxins.
--to press our leaders to take the actions necessary to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again
--to negotiate in good faith the global elimination of these most devastating weapons of mass destruction."
"Survivors, cities, and front-line communities persevere, embody and practice resilience, and fight for a safer, livable, and just world through their resistance. At the same time, the weapons remain as well and continue to threaten our global community."
Our event featured a self-guided tour of commemorative photo panels memorial of the atomic bombings; and included distribution of paper cranes and requests for petition signatures and calls to legislators. What we ask of you:
1) Call Representatives Pingree and Golden at 202- 223-3121. Ask them to co-sponsor DC’s Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s bill mandating US leadership in abolishing nuclear weapons! (HR-2419) Ask your family and friends in Maine to do the same.
2) Join the Hibakusha in saying “Never again” - Sign their petition call: https://hibakusha-appeal.net/english/
3) Learn more about the Nuclear Ban Treaty from ICAN – which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its part in the historic UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘Nuclear Ban Treaty’) at: www.icanw.org #stillhere, #75years to honor survivors of nuclear weapons use. #2020PeaceWave. #ClimateForPeace #PeaceForClimate 2020 posters of Nuclear Weapon Arsenals.
*Peace Action Maine, Pax Christi Maine, Maine Veterans for Peace, WILPF-Maine, PeaceWorks.