HIROSHIMA-NAGASAKI COMMEMORATION COMMITTEE, 325 East 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218 Ph: 410-366-1637 Email: mobuszewski [at] verizon.net
January 2, 2013 Dear friends and supporters:
Thank you for your support, which allows us to continue our work. For the 28th year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee gathered to remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 200,000 people. Other organizations involved in last year’s commemorations were the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore.
It is our duty to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again and that nuclear abolition becomes reality. On July 28, 2012, the Transform Now Plowshares, Sister Megan Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli, entered the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex and actually shut it down. At trial, they face several serious charges.
For the first time in three years, we had Hibakusha join us in Baltimore. On August 6, Mr. Yoshio Sato, 81 years old, bombed just over a half mile from the epicenter in Hiroshima, and Ms. Kuniko Kimura, 72 years old, bombed one mile from the epicenter in Hiroshima, spoke about experiencing the effects of an atomic bomb. They were joined by Ms. Hiromi Abe, who is from Fukushima and knows family members and friends who were there during the nuclear catastrophe. She visited Fukushima in April 2012, and her report back was horrific.
We are very concerned about the continuing tragedy at Fukushima and the need to close down all nuclear reactors. It is beyond cruel that Japan experienced two atomic bombings, and now is victimized by its heavy dependence on nuclear energy. The Crabshell Alliance will commemorate in 2013 the March 11, 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power facility. In the U.S., we must vigorously move towards a renewable energy future. We did prevent a third reactor from being built at Calvert Cliffs.
On August 10th, we commemorated Nagasaki with music and poetry. It was a wonderful community gathering.
The Social Consciousness DVD Series is continuing at Homewood Friends Meetinghouse, 3107 N. Charles Street on First Fridays. See the enclosed flyer for a list of films which will be screened.
Contributions are sent to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. It is not a tax-deductible donation.
Max Obuszewski, on behalf of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee