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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts 2018

August 4, 2018 - August 9, 2018

Talks not war at White House; World Conference Against A and H Bombs 2018 convenes in Hiroshima; MAPA activists prepare for No War with Iran rally; Hiroshima A-bomb dome

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts

Building Peace with North Korea, Iran, and Russia

August 4-9, 2018

73 years have passed since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 48 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect, and almost one year since the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signing.  Yet the five original nuclear weapons states, led by the United States, have not taken serious action on their commitments to abolish nuclear weapons.

After threatening North Korea with “fire and fury”, President Trump held a summit meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un, but much work remains to resolve the nuclear crisis with North Korea and bring peace to the Korean peninsula.  He unveiled a Nuclear Posture Review that for the first time declares that the U.S. might use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear threats, and he continues to fund the $1.2 trillion nuclear weapons escalation program.   President Trump broke the Iran nuclear deal, falsely claiming that Iran was a nuclear threat.   Now, Democrats are falling over themselves to denounce President Trump for even meeting with President Putin and discussing an extension to the New START nuclear treaty.

In reality, it is the United States’ 6,500 nuclear warheads, although with those of the other nuclear powers, that pose an imminent threat to humanity.  The President can launch a civilization-destroying nuclear war on his sole authority.

Without a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to nuclear disarmament, the world’s nuclear crisis will only get worse instead of better. Therefore, Massachusetts Peace Action joins with peace groups, people of faith, youth, community groups, and human rights advocates who have organized events across Massachusetts on August 4-9, 2018, to call attention to the people’s demand for an end to the $1 trillion nuclear weapons escalation and the failure of the United States to support the nuclear ban treaty.

We urge your or your organization to plan an event in your town, church, or campus. Send information on your events to We will publish a calendar of events across the state so that all people who seek a peaceful world will know that they are not alone!   Last year, we listed 17 events in Massachusetts and we hope to top that this year!   Here are some ideas for actions during Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week.

We hope you will collaborate with us in this joint effort! Contact 617-354-2169 or with questions or to connect and exchange ideas.

Mass. Peace Action’s Assistant Director Michelle Cunha will travel to Hiroshima and Nagaski August 3-9, 2018, as will Joseph Gerson of the American Friends Service Committee and the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security; Jerry Ross, member of MAPA’s Nuclear Disarmament working group and of CPDCS; and Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter Boston.  Michelle will speak at two events while in Japan, first on Aug 3 at the International Meeting of the 2018 World Conference against A and H Bombs and second on Aug 9th at the Nagasaki Day Rally, discussing the work she’s been doing to highlight Hanscom AFB’s role in the new nuclear arms race. Jerry will be an active participant in the activities of the week including meeting survivors of the atomic bombs, attending workshops on how to bring nuclear disarmament to the US and the world, and connecting with nuclear disarmament activists from across the globe.   Joseph will speak on why the A-bombs were dropped, the chaos of the Trump administration and his administration’s nuclear weapons and war plans, Korea, Iran, and disarmament initiatives.  Follow Michelle and team’s journey on Facebook and Instagram (@masspeaceaction) and on Twitter (@masspeaceaction and @michelleofpeace)

We have posted the Massachusetts events we know about here.

Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Week Calendar

The Bomb

Thursday, August 2, 7:30 pm, Pittsfield — The Bomb.  This film provides a history of nuclear warfare that is highly timely, not only with respect to Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day, but extremely so with respect to our president making threats of war against Iran recently, and against North Korea before his meeting with its leader. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Ave., sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice.

Friday, August 3, 12 noon – 5pm, Government Center, Boston – Outreach at Massachusetts Green Fest – join Massachusetts Peace Action as we reach out with petitions, literature and our Nuclear Globe.

No War With Iran

Friday, August 3, 5:00 pm, Kendall Square – No War on Iran rally featuring Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council, followed by an indoor talk at the Venture Cafe.

Walpole vigil 2017

Walpole peace vigil

Saturday, August 4, 10:00 am, Walpole Common – Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Time to Ban Nuclear Weapons is Now, a peace vigil sponsored by the Walpole Peace and Justice Group.

Saturday, August 4, 10:30am, Arlington Center – Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Peace Vigil, sponsored by Arlington UJP.
Grafton Peace Pagoda's Peace Walk

Grafton Peace Pagoda’s Peace Walk

Saturday August 4, 12:30 pm, Lexington to Hanscom Air Force Base – Nuclear Holocaust Peace Pilgrims. Join the monks and nuns of the Grafton Peace Pagoda for a walk to Hanscom AFB and vigil, arriving at 3:30pm.
Sunday, August 5-12, Amherst to Leverett – Following up on the Hanscom walk, join the Peace Walk with the monks and nuns of the Grafton Peace Pagoda followed by Hiroshima Ceremony, then continuing on to Vermont Yankee, Bennington, Saratoga Springs, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, concluding in Grafton, NY on August 12.
resurecting life from the inferno Sunday, August 5, 5pm, Leverett: Resurrecting Life from the Inferno: Hiroshima – Nagasaki Commemoration Ceremony.  Candlelight vigil at the Peace Pagoda with praysers, speakers and songs.  Preceded by 8am walk from Peace Pagoda to Leverett Congregational Church and Mt. Toby Meeting House, workship at Mt. Toby Meeting House, and return walk to Peace Pagoda.   Sponsored by the New England Peace Pagoda.
Sunday, August 5, 11:45 am, Cambridge Common – Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Welcoming Momentum for Peace in Korea.  Outdoor gathering after church.
Hiroshima / Nagasaki CommemorationSunday, August 5, 7:00 pm, Easthampton – The World We Want: Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Never Again! Music by Mountain River Taiko, remarks by Easthampton Mayor Nichole LaChapelle, free ice cream, floating lanterns, shakuhachi.  Sponsored by the Resistance Center for Peace & Justice.  Nashwannuck Pond.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial performers

Sunday, August 5, 7:30 pm, Cambridge – Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Memorial with theater, music, and arts, featuring an original theatrical production, hula kahiko, Hibakusha Monologue (world premiere), “Message of Peace”, music dedication and paper lantern “Ceremony of Peace”.  First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., produced by Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre.

Sunday, August 5, 7:30 pm, Watertown – Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Silent vigil, music and testimonials, launching of candle boats. Remember the nuclear attack, recommit to the Iran nuclear deal, and support a nuclear free Korean peninsula.  Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment.

Original Child Bomb

Monday, August 6, 6:00 am, Aquinnah – Remember Hiroshima Day in word aSunrise at Aquinnahnd song, prayer and silence, rededicate to peace and justice.  Sunrise at the Gay Head Lighthouse, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council.

Monday, August 6, 7:30 am, Waltham – Vigil at the corner of Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common, sponsored by Waltham Concerned Citizens.  Info:

Monday, August  6, 8:00am, Pittsfield – Hiroshima Day Vigil, Park Square. Includes five minutes of silence at 8:15 a.m., the time our atomic bomb was detonated.  Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice.

Hiroshima to Nagasaki 4 Day Vigil

Hiroshima to Nagasaki 4 Day Vigil

Monday, August 6 to Thursday, August 9, Greenfield – Hiroshima to Nagasaki 4 Day Vigil: Paving a Path Towards Peace with displays, activities, performances, discussion groups, films, speakers, workshops and events.  Greenfield Town Green and in the library and nearby churches. Sponsored by Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution – Peace Task Force.  See the detailed schedule.

Monday, August 6, 7pm, Andover — Hiroshima/Nagasaki vigil, in front of Old Town Hall, 20 Main St.  Sponsored by Merrimack Valley People for Peace.

Monday, August 6, 7pm, Cambridge Friends Meeting: Community reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child Bomb”, then proceed to the Charles River to float candles.

Monday, August 6, 7:30-9pm, Winsted, CT: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration Vigil to commemorate victims of the bombings, speak out against violence, and favor non-violent conflict resolution.  Vigil begins at 7:30 at East End Park, Main Street side.  At 8:30 participants will sing songs of peace joined with the young people of Camp Kinderland in Tolland, MA.  Winsted Area Peace Action; Barbara Braunstein 860 309-4803 or Ann Evans, 860 379-7858.

Nagasaki wave

Japanese nuclear disarmament protesters, UN, 2015

Wednesday, August 8, 7pm, Boston – Free concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade recognizing the Physicians for Social Responsibility. 
Thursday, August 9, 7pm, Community Church of Boston: No More Nagasakis: A Commemorationwith talks by Elaine Scarry and Sofia Wolman, film by David Rothauser, and music by Dean Stevens and the Peace Singers.

How to Participate

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We urge your organization to plan an event in your town, church, or campus. Send information on your events to and we will add it to our current calendar so that all people who seek a peaceful world will know that they are not alone! Last year, we listed 17 events in Massachusetts and we hope to top that this year!  

We hope you will collaborate with us in this joint effort! Contact 617-354-2169 or with questions or to connect and exchange ideas.


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