The public is invited to join us for a Week of Remembrance on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by participating in the following events:
City of Pittsburgh Proclamation
Monday, August 3, 10:00am
Pittsburgh City Council Chambers
The City of Pittsburgh proclamation recognizes the advocacy work of Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace and calls for reduced spending on nuclear weapons and redirection of those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities.
Comprised of photographs, graphics, poetry, and artwork, this exhibition addresses the events and aftermath of the 1945 bombings.
This groundbreaking 1959 French New Wave film by Alain Resnais explores the effect of the extreme traumas of war on the lives and memories of two lovers who share a brief, intense affair: a French actress making an anti-war film in Hiroshima and a Japanese architect whose family was caught in the city at the time of the bombing. Following the movie, we will skype with Ronni Alexander of the Popoki Peace Project and a group of peace activists and students in Japan. Co-sponsored by the Pittsburgh Filmmakers. To reserve a ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike Around the Bomb is an independent local chapter of a larger global movement focused on raising awareness of the dangers presented by nuclear power and nuclear arms.
The route we have chosen for this ride roughly reflects the thermal blast radius of a relatively small nuclear weapon if it were dropped on downtown Pittsburgh. This radius stretches a circumference of 20km (approx. 12.5 miles). The ride will encompass universities, business districts, parks, highways, rivers and densely populated neighborhoods. This wide area reflects the highly specified purpose of nuclear weapons: to destroy large urban environments and the populations they support.
– John Burroughs J.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the New York-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
– Ed Aguilar, J.D. PA Director,
Coalition for Peace Action
– Joseph Cohen, J.D., General Counsel, United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh Law School
Between 1946 and 1958, the Marshall Islands, then a trust territory of the United States, sustained significant damage and radiological contamination from 67 US atmospheric nuclear weapons tests. The US government exiled hundreds of Marshallese people so the Bikini and Enewetak atolls could be used to host ever more powerful nuclear weapons explosions. Residents of other islands, who were not relocated, suffered serious harm from radioactive fallout. By 1963, outrage originating with the Bravo explosion led to a global campaign to ratify the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which outlaws nuclear weapons explosions in the oceans, atmosphere, and outer space. Now the tiny nation is filing two lawsuits, one in US federal court against the United States, and one in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against all nine countries that possess nuclear weapons to compel the nuclear powers to negotiate in good faith for the elimination of nuclear weapons as required by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, Pittsburgh Chapter. (Text excerpted from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.)