Boston, Mass.-July 19, 2014:
Joseph Gerson, AFSC's disarmament coordinator, answers questions about the legacy of the 1945 atomic bombings. Originally posted at http://afsc.org/story/almost-70-years-after-bombings-hiroshima-and-nagasaki
Why do people each year commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Commemorations of the first atomic bombings held across the United States and around the world provide a means to remind ourselves, our communities and elected officials that we continue to face the danger of nuclear annihilation, and that action for nuclear disarmament is an urgent necessity. Commemorations open spaces to educate the public—especially young generations—about the human consequences of nuclear war.
69 years later, it’s time to fund jobs in Boston’s communities –
Assembly and Invocation:
First Church in Boston, Berkeley & Marlborough Streets
Procession through Public Garden, Boston Common, past State House
Ceremony at Boston City Hall
Tina Chery, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
“Soran Bushi” Japanese Dancers
Please join us for the 2nd annual memorial procession to take action in building a non-violent world free of the atrocities of nuclear weapons, militarism, and oppression.
This year, we will bring together music, dance and talks to commemorate the 69th year of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki tragedies. Almost 7 decades later, it's time to fund jobs in Boston's communities, not militarism and violence! Let's show that there is a connection between violence in the community and the mass destruction caused by these weapons.
Speaking during the ceremony will be Tina Chery, President and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. After her oldest son passed away due to gun violence, she founded this institute to educate and outreach to the families of homicide victims. She subsequently developed the Peace Curriculum with the aim of creating a safe environment for young people. Integrating classroom discussions and community service with an emphasis on peace and peacemaking, this curriculum is an effective intervention for reducing juvenile crime.
Massachusetts Peace Action initiated this event; Dorchester People for Peace helped bring it to Boston. The First Church in Boston generously opened its doors and embraced Boston Remembers Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action, Dorchester People for Peace,
American Friends Service Committee, Arlington Street Church Social Justice Committee, Arlington UJP, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Mobilization, Cape Codders for Peace & Justice, Cape Downwinders, Leverett Peace Pagoda, Massachusetts Senior Action (Cambridge chapter), Newton Dialogues on Peace & War, Pilgrim Coalition, United for Justice with Peace, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Boston Branch (list in formation)
Download the Flyer: Boston Remembers Hiroshima
contact: Massachusetts Peace Action, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 · www.masspeaceaction.org · 617-354-2169Filed under:
On July 30, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM, there will be a rally at the State House in Boston to welcome and join the “rolling marchers” who are walking to protest a proposed pipeline of fracked gas running through their communities.
This is a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline to run from New York, to Richmond in Berkshire County and through to Dracut, north of Boston.
Petitions in opposition to this project will be presented to the legislature and governor. You can sign them here:
The company planning this pipeline is Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners. The project is called the “Northeast Expansion Direct.”
The cost of this pipeline is estimated at 3 billion dollars (some of) which would be paid by a new tariff on electric ratepayers.
This proposed pipeline would run through hundreds of private properties including farmland and apple orchards in the hill towns of Western Massachusetts!
By: Antonio Planas
Anti-War Protesters Voice Opposition To U.S....
Opposition to a return of U.S. combat troops to Iraq is being voiced from Boston Common to Capitol Hill. WBZ-TV's Jim Smith reports
About 75 people opposed to U.S. military intervention in Iraq rallied on Boston Common yesterday as insurgents led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province, capturing three strategic towns.
The protest was organized by United for Justice with Peace and other affiliated groups who fear that President Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to join 275 U.S. troops already in Iraq to quell the insurgency may draw the country back into combat.
“I saw a lot of death and destruction for no reason,” said Iraq War veteran Michael Sullivan, 29, of Shirley. “We shouldn’t go back in because we’re causing more harm to ourselves — we need to let them settle it.”
Sullivan was deployed to Camp Liberty outside Baghdad for 10 months, beginning in 2005. Sullivan, with the group Veterans for Peace, said the U.S. intervention in Iraq created “false hope” among Iraqis and American military intervention didn’t change the instability in the country.
Protestors holding signs, some reading “No New War on Iraq” and “Don’t Bomb Iraq Again,” said they were concerned the limited intervention by the U.S. government might spread to all-out war.
Thea Paneth, 55, of Arlington, said the U.S. has been in and out of Iraq since the early 1990s and nothing has changed except far too many Iraqi civilian deaths.