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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week: Building Peace with North Korea, Iran, and Russia

When: Friday, August 3, 2018, 12:00 pm to Thursday, August 9, 2018, 9:00 pm
Where: greater Boston • Boston

73 years have passed since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 48 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect, and almost one year since the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signing.  Yet the five original nuclear weapons states, led by the United States, have not taken serious action on their commitments to abolish nuclear weapons.

After threatening North Korea with “fire and fury”, President Trump held a summit meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un, but much work remains to resolve the nuclear crisis with North Korea and bring peace to the Korean peninsula.  He unveiled a Nuclear Posture Review that for the first time declares that the U.S. might use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear threats, and he continues to fund the $1.2 billion nuclear weapons escalation program.   President Trump broke the Iran nuclear deal, falsely claiming that Iran was a nuclear threat.   Now, Democrats are falling over themselves to denounce President Trump for even meeting with President Putin and discussing an extension to the New START nuclear treaty.

In reality, it is the United States’ 6,500 nuclear warheads, although with those of the other nuclear powers, that pose an imminent threat to humanity.  The President can launch a civilization-destroying nuclear war on his sole authority.

Without a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to nuclear disarmament, the world’s nuclear crisis will only get worse instead of better. Therefore, Massachusetts Peace Action joins with peace groups, people of faith, youth, community groups, and human rights advocates who have organized events across Massachusetts on August 4-9, 2018, to call attention to the people’s demand for an end to the $1 trillion nuclear weapons escalation and the failure of the United States to support the nuclear ban treaty.

We urge your or your organization to plan an event in your town, church, or campus. Send information on your events to We will publish a calendar of events across the state so that all people who seek a peaceful world will know that they are not alone!   Last year, we listed 17 events in Massachusetts and we hope to top that this year! 

We hope you will collaborate with us in this joint effort! Contact 617-354-2169 or with questions or to connect and exchange ideas.

Mass. Peace Action’s Assistant Director Michelle Cunha will travel to Hiroshima and Nagaski August 3-9, 2018, as will Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee and the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security; Jerry Ross, member of MAPA’s Nuclear Disarmament working group and of CPDCS; and Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter Boston.  Michelle will speak at two events while in Japan, first on Aug 3 at the International Meeting of the 2018 World Conference against A and H Bombs and second on Aug 9that the Nagasaki Day Rally, discussing the work she’s been doing to highlight Hanscom AFB’s role in the new nuclear arms race. Jerry will be an active participant in the activities of the week including meeting survivors of the atomic bombs, attending workshops on how to bring nuclear disarmament to the US and the world, and connecting with nuclear disarmament activists from across the globe.   Joseph will speak on why the A-bombs were dropped, the chaos of the Trump administration and his administration’s nuclear weapons and war plans, Korea, Iran, and disarmament initiatives.  Follow Michelle and team’s journey on Facebook and Instagram (@masspeaceaction) and on Twitter (@masspeaceaction and @michelleofpeace)

We have posted the Massachusetts events we know about here.

Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week Calendar

Friday, August 3, 12 noon – 5pm, Government Center, Boston – Outreach at Massachusetts Green Fest – join Massachusetts Peace Action as we reach out with petitions, literature and our Nuclear Globe.

Walpole vigil 2017


Walpole peace vigil

Saturday, August 4, 10:00 am, Walpole Common – Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons is Now, a peace vigil sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group.

Saturday, August 4, 10:30am, Arlington Center – Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Peace Vigil, sponsored by Arlington UJP.
Saturday August 4, 1pm, Hanscom Air Force Base, Lincoln – Nuclear Holocaust Peace PilgrimsJoin the monks and nuns of the Grafton Peace Pagoda at Hanscom Air Force Base and for the other events on their walk for nuclear disarmament. 
Sunday, August 5-12, Amherst to Leverett – Peace Walk with the monks and nuns of the Grafton Peace Pagoda followed by Hiroshima Ceremony, then continuing on to Vermont Yankee, Bennington, Saratoga Springs, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, concluding with Grafton on August 12.
Sunday, August 5, 11:45 am, Cambridge Common – Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Welcoming Momentum for Peace in Korea.  Outdoor gathering after church.
Hiroshima / Nagasaki CommemorationSunday, August 5, 7:00 pm, Easthampton – Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Commemoration.  Music by Mountain River Taiko, Jayme Winell of Flame n’ Peach, and free ice cream.  Sponsored by the Resistance Center for Peace & Justice.  Nashwannuck Pond.

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial


Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial performers

Sunday, August 5, 7:30 pm, Cambridge – Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial with theater, music, and arts, featuring an original theatrical production, hula kahiko, Hibakusha Monologue (world premiere), “Message of Peace”, music dedication and paper lantern “Ceremony of Peace”.  First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., produced by Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre.

Sunday, August 5, 7:30 pm, Watertown – Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Silent vigil, music and testimonials, launching of candle boats. Remember the nuclear attack, recommit to the Iran nuclear deal, and support a nuclear free Korean peninsula.  Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment.

Original Child Bomb

Monday, August 6, 7:30 am, Waltham – Waltham Concerned Citizens will vigil at the corner of Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common. For more info, people can email

Monday, August 6, 7pm, Andover — Hiroshima/Nagasaki vigil, in front of Old Town Hall, 20 Main St.  Sponsored by Merrimack Valley People for Peace.


Monday, August 6, 7pm, Cambridge Friends Meeting: Community reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child Bomb”, then proceed to the Charles River to float candles.

Nagasaki wave


Japanese nuclear disarmament protesters, UN, 2015

Wednesday, August 8, 7pm, Boston – Free concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade recognizing the Physicians for Social Responsibility. 
Thursday, August 9, 7pm, Community Church of Boston: No More Nagasakis: A Commemorationwith talks by Elaine Scarry and Sofia Wolman, film by David Rothauser, and music by Dean Stevens and Sofia.

How to Participate

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We urge you to plan an event in your town, church, or campus. Send information on your events to and we will add it to our current calendar so that all people who seek a peaceful world will know that they are not alone! Last year, we listed 17 events in Massachusetts and we hope to top that this year!  

We hope you will collaborate with us in this joint effort! Contact 617-354-2169 or info@masspeaceaction.orgwith questions or to connect and exchange ideas.


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