CCNS NEWS UPDATE
Runs 8/7/15 through 8/14/15
(THEME UP AND UNDER) This is the CCNS News Update, an overview of the latest nuclear safety issues, brought to you every week by Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety. Here is this week’s top headline:
- Livestreaming of August 9th Peace and Disarmament Vigil in Los Alamos in Remembrance of 1945 U.S. Bombing of Nagasaki
Pace e Bene will livestream the Sunday, August 9th peace and disarmament vigil in Los Alamos in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, Japan at http://livestream.com/streamingnm/cnnc beginning at 11 am Mountain Standard Time. Sunday’s vigil is the last of Pace e Bene’s four days of events in Northern New Mexico, including two vigils in Los Alamos and a conference in Santa Fe. All events are available for viewing at paceebene.org.
The events commemorate the 70th anniversary of the U.S. dropping atomic bombs Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on August 6th and August 9th, 1945, respectively.
The Franciscan Friars of California founded Pace e Bene in 1989, which is an independent, nondenominational nonprofit organization. Its name is derived from St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi who used the phrase as a form of greeting. Translated from the Italian, it means, “Peace and all good.” It is in this spirit that Pace e Bene works to mainstream peacemaking that will empower people from all walks of life to prayerfully and relentlessly engage in nonviolent efforts for the well-being of all.
On Sunday, August 9th, beginning at 11 am there will be a sackcloth and ashes ceremony and the presentation of the 2015 U.S. Peace Memorial Award at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
At 9:30 am, three buses will leave from the Hilton Hotel in Santa Fe, destined for Los Alamos. The Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center is organizing a caravan from Albuquerque to Santa Fe on Sunday morning. They will be leaving the Center at 202 Harvard Southeast at 8:15 am sharp to arrive in Santa Fe by 9:15 am to meet up with buses at the Hilton Hotel. Please visit abqpeaceandjustice.org for more information. They invite you, your family and friends to “come together for a day to call for an end to nuclear weapons.”
At 11 am the Nagasaki commemoration will begin in Los Alamos. After receiving instructions and a blessing from Father John Dear, participants will carry sackcloths, or burlaps sacks, and ashes and walk mindfully from Ashley Pond on Trinity Drive towards Los Alamos National Laboratory, the birthplace of the bomb. Around 11:30 am, participants will pour ashes on the ground, put on sackcloths and sit in silence for 30 minutes. Participants will walk back to Ashley Pond for reflection, music, speakers and the presentation of the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s annual peace prize.
The Foundation works to establish a national monument to peacemakers to recognize those who have dedicated their lives to peace on the National Mall.
For more information, please visit paceebene.org
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