From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Ferguson and Orlando
Stop gun violence! Stop racialized police violence! Stop preparing for nuclear war!
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 ~ 3:00 – 6:00 pm
First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough St. ~ Procession to Boston Common
Violence and racism seem to be stalking our society everywhere today. From the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri, to the recent killing of 49 victims in Orlando, Florida, the ongoing spiral of violence reveals a dark cloud over our society. Rampant gun violence and mass killings in the United States, the continuing hatred facing the LGBT+ community, police brutality in minority communities facing unemployment, poor schools and poor housing, and today’s wars and $1 trillion nuclear weapons buildup, are all symptoms of violence closely tied with racism in our society.
The term “senseless act of violence” is often used to describe these catastrophes because they evoke feelings of numbing hopelessness in many people around the world. During the solemn reflection period that follows each tragedy, politicians and high-ranking government officials offer their solidarity, but avoid making bold decisions to move society off the path of self-destruction.
To underscore the need for immediate action, Massachusetts Peace Action will stage a procession and outdoor commemoration events in Boston with music, dance, and speakers, in order to stimulate a public dialogue about the need to abolish nuclear weapons, the necessity for more stringent gun control, and the need for top to bottom overhaul in our policing.
The Boston event will take place on Tuesday, August 9, marking the 71st anniversary of the atomic attack on Nagasaki as well as the second anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. We invite everyone to participate.
Peace groups, people of faith, and communities across Massachusetts have organized events during Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week (August 5-9, 2016). See the Massachusetts Calendar of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Week Events and read our Call to Action.
Contact: 617-354-2169 or email@example.com with questions or to connect and exchange ideas.
Cosponsors: Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Boston Branch, Global Zero Boston, American Friends Service Committee, New England Peace Pagoda, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, First Church of Boston
Tina Chéry, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Rev. Paul Robeson Ford, Union Baptist Church, Cambridge
Yuichi Moroi, Meiji University, School of Global Japanese Studies
Rosemary Kean, First Church of Boston
Carl Williams, ACLU of Massachusetts
Tim Bullock, New England Peace Pagoda
Guntram Mueller, Massachusetts Peace Action
Jordan Berg-Powers, Mass Alliance
Ofelia Cohen-Odiaga, Global Zero Boston
Jonathan King, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Soran Bushi Japanese Folk Dancers, Showa Academy
John Loretz, Anti-Nuclear folksinger
Singers for Peace
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