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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Building a Nuclear Free World
August 9, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Please join Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment for a commemoration of the nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States in 1945 – the first use of nuclear weapons by any country – that caused over 100,000 deaths and years of misery and suffering for thousand of survivors.
5:30 PM – Film showing of Article 9 Comes to America Grace Vision Church, 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown. The showing is free. There is limited parking in a lot aside the church and additional street parking. Accessible for those using a wheelchair.
7:00 PM – Silent march from Grace Vision to Watertown Square
7:30 PM – Silent Vigil
8:00 PM – Music and Testimonials
8:30 PM – Launching of the Candleboats
ARTICLE 9 COMES TO AMERICA a new film by David Rothauser
Sponsored by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Article 9 Comes to America is a film about bringing a version of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution as an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Article 9, written by U.S. occupation forces in 1946 states that Japan will never again make war. Japan has not made war in 68 years. It is a legacy for the world to consider following.
The film consists of discussions and interviews with leading proponents of Article 9, peace activists, academics and a right wing intellectual who challenges their ideas about peace. Thematically its about the struggle between the U.S., the Japanese government and the Japanese people for the soul of Japan. Who wins is currently being debated every day as the Japanese Prime Minister pushes to abolish Article 9 so Japan may become a “normal” military player on the world stage.
We have filmed representatives from Japan, Okinawa and the U.S. including Noam Chomsky, Helen Caldicott, Freeman Dyson, John Dower, Hideki Yoshikawa, Peter Kuznick, Ann Wright and a host of others from the Global Article 9 Conference in Osaka.