.News Update 7/25/08

Community Events Held in Observance of the U.S. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945

July 25, 2008

Each year New Mexicans come together to remember the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan on August 6th and 9th, which killed over 200,000 people instantly. Both bombs were developed and built at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

This week's CCNS News Update provides a listing of events taking place in Northern New Mexico to observe the World War II bombings. Please be prepared to write down information about the events that interest you.

Pax Christi New Mexico is organizing events in Santa Fe and Los Alamos for Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd.

On Friday, August 1st, at 4 pm, there will be a Mass for Peace at the Santa Maria de la Paz Church, located near the Santa Fe Community College.

At 7 pm, Pax Christi New Mexico and the New Mexico Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will host "An Evening with Sr. Helen Prejean," at El Museo Cultural Center, located at 1615 Paseo de Peralta, in Santa Fe.

Sister Helen Prejean is an internationally known anti-death penalty activist and author of "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States." She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and in shaping the Catholic Church's opposition to all state executions. She will call for the abolition of New Mexico's death penalty, as well as LANL's nuclear weapons. www.prejean.org.

On Saturday, August 2nd, Keith Bierbaum will give a non-violence training, from 10 to noon at the Santa Maria de la Paz Church in Santa Fe.

Later that day, at 2:00 pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos, Pax Christi will host its Annual "Sackcloth and Ashes" Peace Vigil. They will provide burlap sackcloth and ashes and request that you bring your own peace signs and banners. For more information, please visit www.PaxChristiNewMexico.org.

Also, on Saturday, August 2, from 3 to 5 pm, the Trinity Nuclear Abolitionists will hold a prayer-action for peace at the corner of Diamond Drive and West Jemez Road in Los Alamos. For a year, the Trinity Nuclear Abolitionists have been holding a monthly prayer-action for peace at LANL. For more information, please call 505 242-0497 or visit www.lovarchy.org.

On Tuesday, August 5, at 5 pm, the Cranes for Peace Project will host the Annual Hiroshima Day Peace Bell commemoration at the Tree of Peace on the south side of the New Mexico State Capitol. In order to create a prayer bridge from New Mexico to the people of Japan, a Shinto shrine bell will be rung at the same world time as that of the Hiroshima Peace Bell. That bell has been rung every year in Hiroshima at 8:15 am on August 6th. If you cannot attend the Santa Fe event, you are invited to ring a bell and participate in this prayer bridge for world peace wherever you are. Prayer is a way to hold the space for an eventuality to arrive to fill it. If you would like to help to create the Peace Bell Ceremony or for more information, please call 505 989-4482.

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