August 6th and 9th marked the 75th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In a time of global pandemic and growing dangers of nuclear war, these solemn dates were commemorated with events around the world, both live and virtual.
United for Peace & Justice was pleased to join with more than 160 organizations to coordinate two full days of unprecedented virtual programming, August 6th and 9th, featuring local events nationwide and highlighting the stories of survivors. A remarkably diverse range of activists, experts and directly impacted communities wove together rallies, lectures, personal stories, film, poetry and art into a compelling national teach-in remembering the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki recommitting to working for a world free from nuclear threat.
The August 6th program began with a 90-minute virtual rally at the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory in California, “From Hiroshima to a Healthy Tomorrow: Embracing Our Common Humanity”. The program featured Nagasaki survivor Rev. Nobu Hanaoka, historian Gar Alperovitz, author of the definitive book, “The Decision to Use the Atomic bomb”, and Daniel Ellsberg (who needs no introduction). The Call to Action was issued by UFPJ National Co-convener, Jackie Cabasso.