My music will be part of this memorial of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, hosted by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Japanese American Citizens League, War Prevention Initiative, and Veterans for Peace Chapter 72:
On Thursday, August 6th from 6 until 7 PM (PST), we hope that you will join us online for 75 Years Later Is Now: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, & Ending the Nuclear Threat, a memorial to the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and others around the world impacted by nuclear weapons development, testing, and use. Our guest speakers will include Tricia Pritkin, a Hanford Downwinder, legal advocate, and author; Harvey Thorstad, an Atomic Veteran and peace activist; and Oregon PSR Advisory Board members Chisao Hata, a performing artist and community organizer, and Yukiyo Kawano, an artist and third-generation hibakusha. Cathy Sampson-Kruse, an environmental activist,and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, will provide our land acknowledgement statement, and our event emcee will be Kyle Iboshi, an investigative news reporter with KGW News. We'll also have a musical performance by Portland-based musician Anna Fritz.
August 6th and August 9th of this year, respectively, mark the 75th anniversaries of the atomic bombings of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, 75 years later, the catastrophic potential of nuclear weapons is growing, with tens of billions of US dollars spent annually to develop and maintain these morally unacceptable weapons of indiscriminate mass destruction.
At Oregon PSR, we are working for a world in which we stockpile medical supplies, not nuclear weapons. As pressing public health threats like climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, rampant racial inequalities, and systemic injustice persist, so too do efforts to undermine and withdraw from international treaties designed to reduce the grave risk of nuclear war.