HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI, AUGUST 6 AND 9, 2020
REMEMBRANCE/ABOLITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
CONTENTS: HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI and ABOLITION 2020
Webinar Sat. 7-25 on Decision to Drop the Bomb, Carolyn Forché
ICAN Webinar on the Illegality of the Bomb Today, August 3
New Memoir of Hiroshima Bombing: The Atomic Bomb on My Back,
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Hiroshima Survivors: Webinars Presented by AR WAND
ICAN: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World Conference 2020 by Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and
Protest at Oak Ridge
TOMORROW JULY 25 WEBINAR. Former UAF English Professor Carolyn Forché to moderate. (from Prof. Jeremy Kuzmarov in Tulsa)
Fwd: Invitation to Join Saturday Webinar: What Every Global Citizen Needs to Know About the Decision to A-Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Date: Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 1:22 PMSubject: Invitation to Join Saturday Webinar: What Every Global Citizen Needs to Know About the Decision to A-Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki
What Every Global Citizen Needs to Know About the Decision to A-Bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The debate over the atomic bombings—a controversy that forced the Smithsonian Institution to abandon its Enola Gay exhibit 25 years ago--continues unabated in America today as we approach the 75th anniversary of the incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Four historians-- Gar Alperovitz, Martin Sherwin, Kai Bird, and Peter Kuznick--each of whom has written extensively on the topic, will discuss the documentary evidence and assess the current state of knowledge about the bombings in a webinar open to people from around the world. Internationally acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché will moderate. The webinar will critically explore in depth the “official” explanation that use of the atomic bombs was the only way to force the fanatically resistant Japanese to surrender without an Allied invasion that would have cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. and British and an even greater number of Japanese lives. Attendance is free and open to the general public. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.
Date: July 25, 2020
Time: 12pm CST
For more information, contact Peter Kuznick firstname.lastname@example.org or
Glenn Marcus email@example.com.
Gar Alperovitz, formerly a Fellow of Kings College Cambridge, the Institute of Politics at Harvard, and Lionel Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, is the author of Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam and The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb. He is currently a Principal of The Democracy Collaborative, an independent research institution in Washington, D.C.
Martin Sherwin, University Professor of History, George Mason University, is author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies winner of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relation’s Bernath Book Prize, co-author with Kai Bird of American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography, and Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, forthcoming in September 2020.
Kai Bird, Executive Director, CUNY Graduate Center’s Leon Levy Center for Biography, co-author (with Martin Sherwin) Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, co-editor (with Lawrence Lifschultz) Hiroshima’s Shadow, and author The Chairman: John J. McCloy and the Making of the American Establishment.
Peter Kuznick, Professor of History, Director, Nuclear Studies Institute, American University, co-author (with Akira Kimura), Rethinking the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Japanese and American Perspectives, co-author (with Oliver Stone) of the New York Times best-selling The Untold History of the United States (books and documentary film series), and author “The Decision to Risk the Future: Harry Truman, the Atomic Bomb and the Apocalyptic Narrative.”
Carolyn Forché’s first book of poetry, Gathering the Tribes, won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. In March, 2020, Penguin Press published her fifth collection of poems, In the Lateness of the World. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Press, 2019), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Her international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. She is one of the first poets to receive the Wyndham Campbell Prize from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, and is a University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Webinar sponsors include:
American Friends Service Committee's Peace & Economic Security Program
American University Nuclear Studies Institute
Article 9 Canada
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
COVID 19 Global Solidarity Coalition
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the Greater DC Area
Historians for Peace and Democracy
International Peace Research Institute Meiji Gakuin University (PRIME)
Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown
Los Alamos Study Group
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Peace Culture Village
Peace Philosophy Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
Proposition One Campaign for a Nuclear Free Future
United for Peace and Justice
Western States Legal Foundation
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) USA
World Beyond War
Youth Arts New York/Hibakusha Stories
WHAT'S NEW AT THE BULLETIN of the Atomic Scientists (7-23-20)
Bulletin Global Webinar: Why the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima Would Be Illegal Today By Gayle Spinazze, July 20, 2020.
Join a Bulletin Global Webinar featuring Science and Security Board member Scott Sagan and international legal scholar Allen Weiner, who dive into the legal considerations and moral reasoning used in 1945 to justify the attack on Hiroshima. Bulletin columnist Sara Kutchesfahani, director of the N Square DC Hub, will lead the conversation. Read the article by Sagan, Weiner, and co-author Kathrine McKinney. Then register for this free webinar.
Join us on Monday, August 3 for a Bulletin Global Webinar featuring Scott Sagan, Allen Weiner, and Bulletin columnist Sara Kutchesfahani.
When: Monday, August 3, 2020
10 am Central
10 am Central
Where: Zoom Meeting
Registration: Free. Register here.
Just days before the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sagan and Weiner will discuss why the atomic bombing of Hiroshima would be illegal today.
[Some of the events that follow have happened already but were recorded or filmed.]
A New & Profound Memoir of the Bombing of Nagasaki
(received 7-21-20—D) Available for a $100 donation to help the Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security carry on the work of this courageous survivor of the Atomic Bombing.
I was privileged to know, work with, and honor Sumiteru TANIGUCHI, among the most tortured and courageous Nagasaki A-bomb survivors. At age 16, he was a postman in Nagasaki when the A-Bomb exploded over the city.
A 1946 U.S. Army photo of Taniguchi-san was taken during his years of hospitalization. First published in 1970 and featuring the frightening open wound on his crimson back that seems impossible for anyone to survive, it immediately became an iconic photograph. It became a powerful force seen around the world that silently demands the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Despite wounds that never healed, Taniguchi persevered, helping to build, represent and speak for Hibakusha, the movement of A-bomb survivors. His memoir tells the very personal story of surviving the A-bomb, his fears, his courage to live and to love, and a history of the Japanese nuclear disarmament and Hibakusha struggles for medical care and support.
I had the extraordinary privilege of editing the English translation of Taniguchi-san’s powerful, disturbing and inspiring memoir “The Atomic Bomb on My Back”. CPDCS played the central role in arranging its publication in time for the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-Bombings.
With a contribution of $100 or more to the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, you can enrich your life with Taniguchi-san’s memoir, The Atomic Bomb on My Back, and support CPDCS’s work for peace, disarmament, justice and the climate.
On the 75th anniversary of the A-bombings, give yourself the gift of Taniguchi-san’s life story and make a contribution for peace and a nuclear weapons-free world.
You can make your contribution on line at . You can also send a note and check to CPDCS, 2161 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140. It is with your support that we keep on keepin’ on.
Thank you for your interest, care and support.
The Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security advocates for peace and disarmament with justice. Our priorities include working for Common Security diplomacy among the great powers. CPDCS serves as a bridge between peace and nuclear disarmament movements in the U.S., Europe and Asia and contributes to intersectional organizing.
LISTEN TO HIROSHIMA SURVIVORS
Announcement: April 24-26 World Conference, Rally, March & Petitions Presentations – New York - Eve of NPT Review Conference
Announcement: April 24-26 World Conference, Rally, March & Petitions Presentations
The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, New York City, NY USA
Eve of NPT Review Conference
Registration at: https://worldconference2020.org/registration/
List of speakers and co-sponsors below.
Humanity faces two existential threats: increasing dangers of nuclear war and climate catastrophe. Human beings created these threats, which can only be reversed by mass popular actions.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -- the beginning of the nuclear era which threatens human survival today. It marks the birth of international efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, and the 25th anniversary of the UN Climate Change Conference. It also marks the 10th Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference to be held at the U.N. in April and May.
Our international coalition of disarmament, climate, justice and peace organizations is organizing a World Conference, rally, march and petitions presentations in New York City, April 24-26, the eve of the 2020 NPT Review Conference
We are engaging the broadest possible collaborations with nuclear weapons abolition, peace, justice and environmental constituencies as well as with diplomats and politicians from countries which are actively and meaningfully committed to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world, a sustainable environment and social and economic justice.
We are committed to preventing nuclear war, prohibiting and eliminating all nuclear weapons, and working in solidarity with the world’s Hibakusha. We are equally committed to stemming and reversing the climate crisis, to social and economic justice, and to building the intersectional movements we need to prevail.
Our World Conference and rally provide unique opportunities for the world’s nuclear disarmament, peace, climate and justice movements to press our demands and to develop the alliances and intersectional movements we will need to prevail.
Speakers include: Tadatoshi Akiba – (Gensuikin-Japan), Walden Bello – (FGS - Philippines), Oleg Bodrov (CCB -Russia), Sharran Burrow (ITUC – Australia), Jackie Cabasso (WSLF & UFPJ - US), Noam Chomsky (USA), Arielle Denis (IPB – France), Sharon Dolev – (IDM – Israel), Beatrice Finn (ICAN), Sophia (Soda) Garcia – (GBWP - Philippines), Philip Jennings (ITUC/IPB – Britain), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (Poet-Marshall Islands),Emad Kiyaei (IGD Group-Iran), Michael Klare (Five College PAWS/The Nation Magazine -USA), Youngdae Ko (SPARK – Korea); Andrew Lichterman (WSLF – US), Leona Morgan (NISG – Navajo/USA). Binalakshmi Nepram – (CAF-India), Setsuko Thurlow (Hiroshima Hibakusha – Canada). For bio information see worldconference2020.org
Additional confirmed speakers from Gensuikyo, Korean A-Bomb Survivors Organization, and Nihon Hidankyo, and additional invitations are pending
24 Forums and workshops
April 26 Rally from Union Square and march to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, including presentation of 10 million+ nuclear weapons abolition petition signatures being organized.
Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Friends Service Committee, Campaign for Peace Disarmament and Common Security, Gensuikin, Gensuikyo, International Peace Bureau, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, International Trade Union Confederation, La Mouvement de la Paix, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, Nuclear Free Philippines Coalition, Pax Christi, PEAC, Peace Action, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, United Electrical Workers Union, Western States Legal Foundation, Women’s International for Peace & Freedom – U.S.
[Other organizations are welcome to sign on!]
For more information including conference agenda, see http://worldconference2020.org/
PROTEST AT OAK RIDGE
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE MAY 22-25, 2020, MARYVILE, TN, MARYVILLE COLLEGE 20 MILES FROM THE Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, where US thermonuclear weapons are made, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, the Nuclear Resister, and Nukewatch. 2020 marks 75 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and celebrates 40 years of the Nuclear Resister, Nukewatch, and the Plowshares movement.