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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts

Fri August 5, 2016 - Tue August 9, 2016

Massachusetts Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Stop the $1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Escalation Now!

71 years have passed since the the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 46 years since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect, and yet the five original nuclear weapons states, led by the United States, have not taken serious action on their commitments to abolish nuclear weapons.

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima in May was a gesture of good faith — but the actions of his administration directly contradict these efforts. The U.S. plans to spend $1 trillion over the next three decades to “modernize” its nuclear arsenal which raises the menacing specter of a new arms race with Russia and China.

Massachusetts Peace Action calls on peace groups, people of faith, youth, community groups, and human rights advocates to organize events across Massachusetts on or about August 6-9, 2016, to call attention to the people’s demand for an end to the $1 trillion nuclear weapons escalation. See the list of events below!


Hiroshima/Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts

CranesAugust 5 -9, Greenfield, Northampton, Springfield, Roxbury: For All the Children” – Walking to Protect Humanity from Nuclear Destruction – New England Peace Pagoda 

August 5, Walpole: Peace Vigil – remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and oppose the United States trillion dollar nuclear weapons modernization program. Walpole Common, Main & West Streets, 5-6 pm

August 5, Boston: Concert: Commemorative Performance for Hiroshima/ Nagasaki – Church of the Advent – at Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St, 8:30-10:00 p.m.

August 6, Martha’s Vineyard: Hiroshima Day Vigil – Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council – at Aquinnah Lighthouse Yard, Gay Head Light, 6:00 a.m.

August 6, Waltham: Vigil – Waltham Concerned Citizens – at the corner of Main and Moody Streets on Waltham Common, 7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

August 6, Pittsfield, Vigil: Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice and others.  Park Square, 8:00 – 9:00 am.

August 6, Arlington: Vigil – Arlington United for Justice With Peace –  Will remember the 71st atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, stand in opposition to the trillion dollar nuclear weapons modernization and call for an end to all current wars and gun violence –  at Arlington Center, intersection of Mass. Ave. and Medford St. (near Starbucks), 10:30-11:30 a.m.

August 6, Fall River: Vigil – Quequechan Peace Alliance.  Songs, prayers, moment of remembrance.  Bicentennial Park, near the Iwo Jima Memorial, 12:00 noon.

August 6, Natick: Vigil: Metrowest Peace Action – Natick Commons, corner of Routes 135 and 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm.

220px-Original_Child_Bomb_posterAugust 6, Cambridge: Community reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child Bomb”, then proceed to the Charles River to float candles – Cambridge Friends Meeting – at 5 Longfellow Park, 7:00 p.m.

August 6, Andover: Hiroshima Day Vigil – Merrimack Valley People for Peace – at Old Town Hall, Main St, 7:00 p.m.

H-N-NohoAugust 6, Northampton: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance: The legacy of nuclear weapons, how much it’s costing you, and how you can end the threat, with retired Col. Ann Wright.  American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts – at McConnell Hall, Smith College, 6:30 p.m.

August 6, Winsted, CT: Vigil with Songs of Peace. Winsted Area Peace Action and Camp Kinderland of Tolland, MA.  East End Park, Main St., 7:30 – 9:00 pm.

August 7, Georges Island, Boston Harbor: Annual Hiroshima Day Vigil.  Meet on Long Wharf, 9:30 am.  Bring lunch and sunscreen; sponsored by Community Church of Boston.

Bike Around the BombAugust 7, Cambridge: Bike Around the Bomb – Global Zero Boston. Riverside Press Park, 1:00 pm.

CandleboatsAugust 7, Watertown: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Building a Nuclear-Free World  – Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment – at Watertown Square, 7:15-9:00 p.m.

BostonRemembersAugust 9, Boston: Boston Remembers: From Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Ferguson and Orlando, procession and outdoor commemoration in Boston with music, dance, and speakers – Massachusetts Peace Action – at First Church of Boston, procession to Boston Common, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

August 9, Amherst: Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki/ Reject All Violence: Community Peace Gathering with Music, Poetry, Prayers, Information, Sharing Our Grief and Anger.  First Congregational Church, 165 Main St, 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Send information on your events to info@masspeaceaction.org. Stay tuned for more event updates!


Fri August 5, 2016
Tue August 9, 2016
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