Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace (RHIP) offered activities and events throughout the Fall of 2013, which demonstrated our mission through the arts, advocacy, education, local and national nuclear disarmament legislation, and by developing relationships with Japanese peace activists. Built around the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, we organized the following in the Pittsburgh community:
Pittsburgh City Council presented a Proclamation calling for total abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020. Sponsored by Councilperson R. Daniel Lavelle, City Council continues to acknowledge and support our work. Shown (L to R) are RHIP members Robin Alexander, Jo Schlesinger, and Edith Bell.
Joyce Wagner, artist and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War in Pittsburgh, spoke at the Friends Meeting House on the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy in light of the proposed repeal of Article 9 of Japan’s peace constitution and the on-going consequences of the meltdown at Fukushima Daichi. Her return from the National Assembly for Peace and Democracy in Japan coincided with the anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima. (Left: “War is Trauma” woodcut by Joyce Wagner)
Skyping with professor Ronni Alexander and students at the University of Kobe, Japan has become an annual event to promote dialog and understanding. This year a follow-up on facebook continued the discussion.
In conjunction with International Day of Peace, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl again added the City of Pittsburgh to the international organization, Mayors for Peace.
International Week of Peace at Carnegie-Mellon University featured artist and author Elin O’Hara Slavick with a lecture and book signing. This distinguished professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discussed her early exposure to activism and how it informed her work. She presented her latest book After Hiroshima which catalogs her images of artifacts remaining from the bombings.
Elin’s austere images of loss and survival, include fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of this photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light and historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum’s collection.
November 9 & 12
A film showing of Grave of the Fireflies was co-sponsored with Three Rivers Film Festival with an introduction by our members. This story, set after the firebombing of Kobe by American forces near the end of World War II, is a visually stunning and tragic tale of the consequences of war on children and families.
We made this website more user friendly and increased Facebook members. With generous support and funding from the Thomas Merton Center, we were able to print bookmarks with our logo and stamp our new website address onto origami cranes. The Merton Center also gave us access to an intern. The University of Pittsburgh Origami Club, along with the intern, were able to make origami cranes which were distributed at our events.
Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace has attracted, in addition to its regular committed individuals and organizations, several wonderful younger members. We are fortunate to have these new relationships to help guide our future. There’s much more coming in 2014, so let us know if you want to get involved!