In 2008, a diverse group of organizations and individuals came together and created an amazing series of events in Pittsburgh under the banner Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace. That year, our kickoff action events from August 6 – 9 in remembrance of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki led to a more concentrated month of activities in September which included art, film, workshops, lectures, and events for children – focused on peace as well as a city council resolution. Emily Laychak, a young Pittsburgh artist, inspired us to use the crane as our symbol. She told us that after learning about the project, she left her receipt in the form of an origami crane at a restaurant. That evening a friend returned the crane to her; it had passed through several hands. That small story inspires our efforts to communicate a message of peace and opposition to nuclear weapons throughout the Pittsburgh community in a way that is both creative and dynamic.
Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace is a volunteer effort involving the participation – in some or all of our events – of an unusually broad group of organizations and individuals, including:
- American Friends Service Committee PA Program
- Carnegie Mellon University
- The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
- Coalition for Peace Action of Western PA
- Physicians for Social Responsibility/Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Filmmakers
- Popoki Peace Project
- Thomas Merton Center
- United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE)
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
We are concerned not only with the past, but the future and seek to encourage activism and hope. Please join us!