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Hiroshima to Nagasaki 4 Day Vigil

August 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Hiroshima to Nagasaki 4 Day Vigil

AUGUST 6 -9, 2018

From 8 AMAugust 6th, through Thursday, the 9th of August at noon, a vigil/teach-in, coinciding with the times A bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki, will open and close with drumming, the ringing of church bells and a minute of silence for reflection.  
Speakers, films, and artistic events will happen at the Greenfield Public Library, the downtown GCC campus, the UU, & the St James/Andrews Episcopal Church.  During the days — at the Common, there will be the opportunity to make art, origami and to join in with singers, poets & performers in celebrating peace.  Tables will be set up with information on the nuclear situation and the global peace movement.  There will also be petitions to sign to join the international movement to abolish Nuclear Weapons. Stop on by ANYTIME!  

$700 million dollars has just been allocated to military spending. The expressed desire for “usable” nuclear weapons makes annihilation an imminently more threatening possibility. The consequences are unfathomable. To prevent this horrific potential from taking place, we must address it.

Coming together as a community, we wish to devote the time and space this issue deserves. Throughout those days here will be many offerings to help us understand the magnitude of nuclear war and importance of peace. For four days between the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a vigil will take place on the Greenfield Common to bear witness, deepen understanding and take action. Besides focusing on the dangers nuclear weapons pose, we also want to affirm life, imagination and joy. With grassroots creativity, we want to express the magnificence of the world and its cultures. Along side the vigil, individuals and groups are invited to share displays, activities and performances. Related discussion groups, workshops and events will take place day and evening in other venues throughout Greenfield.

Everyone is invited to participate in helping to create this event. Anyone, whether individually or with a group of friends can join in with their own music, art, readings or whatever. With such diverse input, this multi-faceted event can be truly meaningful in scope and depth, hopefully fostering a change we so desperately need.

Peace Task Force – FCCPR
endorsed by Traprock Peace Center, The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, and NuclearBan.US with the support of local churches and other groups

Schedule (see https://hn4vigil.org/schedule/ for updated version)
opening gathering…with drumming at 8 AM & Church bells at 8:15 followed by a minute of silence to reflect on the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at that time.  The Buddhist monks from the Leverett Peace Pagoda will be present.
9AM – Noon:
Poets will share their reflections on peace.
We will read the speech that Setsuko Thurlow who survived the bombing of Hiroshima, (such survivors are known as Hibakusha) gave at the Nobel Peace Ceremony honoring ICAN in 2017.
Music — played by Jared Browning (Phil Ochs, etc.), & others.
11 AM: ”Oops, I Dropped My wrench Kabloooee Theatre”, presents their puppet show: “The meek shall inherit the earth…” – Town Common. This show is geared towards an older audience; parental guidance suggested.
Noon:  Eric Nakajima whose family died in the fire bombing of Tokyo, and who knew survivors of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will share his stories. In the Common. 
1:00 PM GCC campus: First of 3-day Reconciliation Film & Conversation series lead by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener.  The first film is the Act of Killing – about the mass killings in Indonesia in the ’60’s as narrated by the killers— director, Josh Oppenheimer.
2-4 – Collective Art project with Nancy Baker on the Commons – Join us to paint together a mural on butcher block paper conjuring your images of peace.
At 3PM  – 5 PM, the film:  On the beach dealing with the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust.  Riveting with powerful performances by Gregory PeckAva GardnerFred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins. Greenfield Public Library
At 5:30 Sarah Pirtle and singers from her Journey Camp…will perform songs of peace in the Town Common. Kitomi Takano, peace activist from Japan, will speak first, then the children will sing…one, a song composed by a Greenfield camper. 
At 7pm, the director, Helen Young, of the documentary, “Nuns Priests and the Bombs” will be showing and talking about the making of her film in the sanctuary of St James and Andrews Episcopal Church.
9AM-9:45, Tim Van Egmond telling tales of peace and playing his dulcimer…
10AM… Oops, I Dropped My Wrench Kabloooee Theatre, with, the puppet show: “The Meek shall Inherit the Earth”.   Town Common
Noon:  Steve Connor, who was stationed in Osaka, Japan will give a talk on his experiences there where he met with Hiroshima survivors. In the Common.
1:00 – 3:00 PM GCC campus: The second of 3-day Reconciliation Film & Conversation series lead by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener is
“Two-sided story” with 27 Palestinian who have lost loved ones in the conflict & who share their stories. 
3:00 PM – 5 PMDr Strangelove & How I stopped worrying and Loved the Bomb with Peter Sellers and directed by Stanley Kubrick at  the Greenfield Pubic Library
3:00 PM – The Montague public library is hosting “Paving a Path for Peace: Paper Crane Project,” in remembrance of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, during which there will be a reading of an excerpt of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” by Eleanor Coerr and “Peaceful Pieces: Poems and Quilts about Peace” by Anna Grossnickle Hines.

Origami expert, Mike Naughton, will instruct participants in how to make paper cranes and other designs as well.

5:30 BUILDING A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE FUTURE: HOW YOU CAN HELP GET RID OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS (repeat) at the Greenfield Public Library with Lydia Wood. 
7:00Ira Helfand, Co-chair, Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee, co-president of Physicians for Social Rresponsibility’s global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) & recently back from Korea, will speak at All Soul’s Church downstairs in the Parish Hall. 
9 AM: Oops, I Dropped My Wrench Kabloooee Theatre, with their puppet show: “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth…” – Town Common. This show is geared towards an older audience; parental guidance suggested.
10 AM:   Doug Renick and Susan Lantz, will offer a workshop “Let’s talk Nuclear Weapons: “What is the danger, what can we do?” In the Greenfield Room of the Greenfield Public Library. 
11 AM: Annie Hassett: Leading folks in singing songs of peace.  Greenfield Commons
11:30: Rob Peck juggler and storyteller.  Greenfield Commons
 Noon:  Extraordinary hip hop rap artist, Tem Blessed, will perform his anti-nuclear piece.   Greenfield Commons
1-3 PM:  The third film of the 3-day Reconciliation Film & Conversation series lead by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener is Accidental Courtesy.  African American, Daryl Davis, talks about overcoming differences with the klansmen.
3-5 film: “Command and Control” at the Greenfield Public Library.  A PBS film about accident in 1980 at a nuclear silo in AK that was almost a world disaster. 
6-8pm  Family Night of Peace: readings of Sadako and the creation of Origami cranes as part of the town’s collective effort to make over 1,000 cranes during the time of the Vigil.  At the Greenfield Library.
7 PM , Japanese bamboo flutist, Chris Stetson… will introduce the evening video presentation at St James Church with Gar Alperovitz author of Atomic Diplomacy, and Daniel Ellsberg who not only released the Pentagon papers but recently published a book on our nuclear program, The Doomsday Machine.  Randy Kehler, anti-war activist and director of the original National Nuclear Freeze campaign will be present to moderate and answer questions. 
Richard Krushnic will follow with a talk on the new generation of Nukes and  speak about Cambridge, MA’s divestment resolution.  St James church.
9 AM:  Oops, I Dropped My Wrench Kabloooee Theatre presents the puppet show: “The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth…” –  on the nation’s nuclear build up. Town Common
10 AM: Workshop: How to align a city with a nuclear ban treaty…Jeff Napolitano, head of The Resistance Center (former AFSC) in Northampton.  Greenfield Room of the Greenfield library
10:00 AM: Music with Jared Browning on the Commons.
11 AM: Joe Kurland: Storytelling – Town Commons
11:30:  Anti-nuke skit by the Mudflat Rosebuds, “Hiroshima Forgotten” with Court Dorsey, ReBekka Tippens, Emily Gopen, Sonny Crawford and Mark Benjamin. 
11:45– drumming..Bells ringing at noon commemorating the dropping of bombs on Nagasaki followed a minute of silence.  The monks from the Leverett Peace Pagoda will be present.


August 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am
August 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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