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74 Years Since Hiroshima
August 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday 6 August 2019 marks 74 years since humans first used nuclear weapons against other humans.
There will be a Hiroshima Day Vigil that Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the sidewalk around Park Square in Pittsfield. At 8:15 a.m., the time the A-bomb fissioned above Hiroshima, there will be 5 minutes of silence. That bomb alone killed about 140,000 human beings. This will be the 38th consecutive Hiroshima Day Vigil at Park Square.
According to the Plowshares Fund, there are 13,850 nuclear weapons on Earth today. Nine countries possess nuclear weapons. Russia with 6,490 and the United States with 6,185 possess about 92% of them. The U.S. plans to spend $2 trillion more on nuclear weapons over the next 30 years (averaging about $67 billion per year).
Signs will be provided at the Park Square vigil, or people may bring their own. Participants may stay for all or part of the hour.
Sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice