A free public event featuring: Shigeko Sasamori Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Hiroshima; Jonathan Schell (*invited) Renowned Disarmament Expert, Friday, May 20, 2011, 7-9 p.m. at Adelphi University Manhattan Center, 75 Varick Street, 2nd Floor (at the corner of Varick and Canal).
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Come join us for a very special evening with Shigeko Sasamori, a survivor from Hiroshima who will be in New York for a week of public talks and school visits sponsored by the non-profit educational initiative, Hibakusha Stories. Hibakusha is the Japanese word for atomic bomb survivor, and has come to mean those who survive radiation exposure due to the many links throughout the nuclear fuel chain. Shigeko’s testimony is a triumph of love over fear, and her compassion engages audiences of all ages. Joining her will be distinguished author and life long activist for nuclear disarmament Jonathan Schell (*invited), who will give an update on Fukushima and current nuclear policies.
The only nation to receive radiation by force through the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, now receives radiation through the force of nature combined with the folly of human ingenuity. Reliance on nuclear power has again proved disastrous. Both nuclear weapons and nuclear power create global insecurity through the production of invisible nearly timeless radiation that can cause cancer and mutate the genome. To protect future generations and prevent future Hibakusha we must explore options for abolishing nuclear weapons, stop the production of nuclear power, and become guardians of our radioactive legacy.