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Stand with the Atomic Bomb Survivors: Hibakusha Appeal to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In what may be their last large effort to eliminate nuclear weapons, the atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have united to gather millions of endorsements from people like you! To date, they have gathered 8 million!
Mary Popeo and Christian Ciobanu, two young activists, will tell you about the Appeal and how you can get involved!
Sponsored by PEAC Institute, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Veterans for Peace, Memory Productions, and International Physicials for the Prevention of Nuclear War
About Mary Popeo and Peace Culture Village
To introduce Mary properly I think it’s fitting to first introduce Steve Leeper, former U.S. Assistant to the Mayor of Hiroshima who founded the world wide peace initiative, Mayors for Peace. With Steve, Mary is the co-founder of Peace Culture Village in Hiroshima. Together they are collaborating with Japanese Hibakusha in the monumental movement, HIBAKUSHA APPEAL TO END NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOW!
Hibakusha groups in Japan have come together in a united front to gather a billion signatures world-wide to once and for all end the threat of nuclear war. This is no idle daydream. The hibakusha, long devoted to the abolition of nuclear weapons, are in their 80’s and 90’s. Their time is running short. They realize their power and have united as never before in a major push to reach their goal.
I can’t stress enough how powerful this particular movement is and how its success may impact on the future of world peace for generations to come.
The energy is there. The momentum is building day by day, hour by hour. The hibakusha, after 72 years of suffering, will not be denied. They have already gathered 7 million signatures.
– David Rothauser
Steve has spent about half of his 70 years in Japan. In both countries he has worked as a counselor (10 years), management consultant (14 years), translator (30 years) and peace activist (18 years). He suspects that he has translated, edited and interpreted more atomic bomb victim testimonies than anyone in the world, other than his wife, Elizabeth. From 2002 to 2007, he was the US representative for Mayors for Peace. From 2007-2013 he was chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the peace and international relations arm of the city of Hiroshima. He is a visiting professor at Hiroshima Jogakuin University and Nagasaki University. He has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Georgia University. His books include Hiroshima Resolution (in Japanese and English), Nihon ga Sekai wo Suku and Amerikajin ga tsutaeru Hiroshima (both in Japanese only).
As a student at Boston College, Mary had two opportunities to visit Japan. During her trips, she conducted independent research on Hiroshima, interviewed 25 people familiar with nuclear issues, interned at the World Friendship Center, participated in the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, and helped organize the YMCA’s International Youth Peace Seminar. Returning to Boston profoundly influenced, Mary began volunteering with organizations like the American Friends Service Committee and Global Zero. In 2015, she participated in the Japan Council Against A & H Bomb’s annual Peace March as an international youth relay marcher, walking from Okayama to Hiroshima to spread awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons. Her dream was to move to Hiroshima, and after hearing about PCV she was determined to live there.