Upcoming Commemoration Events of 1945 Atomic Bombings

With so many virtual commemoration events, it is an excellent time to learn more about the harm done 75 years ago when the U.S. government tested the first plutonium bomb in southcentral New Mexico and then dropped a uranium bomb on Hiroshima, Japan and a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. CCNS has prepared a detailed listing of past and future events, which is available at http://nuclearactive.org/ .  CCNS 75th Commemoration Events 7-23-20 We highlight some upcoming events here.

This week’s Nuclear Hotseat Podcast is a special edition called the « Trinity A-Bomb at 75.»  Tina Cordova, of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, speaks about « Downwind of New Mexico’s ‘Dirty Bomb,’ » and Joni Arends, of CCNS, asks the question, « Is New Mexico the USA’s Nuclear Sacrifice Zone ? »  http://nuclearhotseat.com/2020/07/23/474-trinity-a-bomb-at-75-downwind-of-new-mexicos-dirty-bomb-tina-cordova-joni-arends/

On Sunday, August 2nd, Veterans for Peace begins their eight-day virtual 2020 Convention.  At noon Mountain Daylight Time, the Opening Plenary will tell the story in « The Nuclear Weapons Industry – Creating Victims – More Than 75 Years and Counting. »  The scheduled speakers are :  the Chief of Council of the Western Shoshone Nation and Spiritual Person, Chief Johnnie Bobb ; the social practice artist and educator Yasuyo Tanaka; journalist and author in Kyoto, Japan, Toshiya Morita; and peace activist, Joni Arends, of CCNS.

For more information, visit https://vfp2020.attendease.com/

On Thursday, August 6th, at 6 pm Mountain Daylight Time, a program called the 75th Anniversary Hiroshima Day One-Hour Online Commemoration will be available at https://paceebene.org/hiroshimaday2020 .  The scheduled speakers are :  Roshi Joan Halifax, Buddist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care ; Dr. Ira Helfand, member of the International Steering Committee of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ; Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico ; and Archbishop of Santa Fe, John Wester.  The host will be the Reverend John Dear, priest, activist, and author of 35 books.  The program is organized by New Mexico 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Committee and Pace e Bene.  The event will also be available at https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events

A two-day virtual event commemorating the 75th year since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is scheduled for August 6th and August 9th under the #stillhere. The organizers intend it to be « a creative, intersectional way to shine a spotlight on local events nationwide, to highlight the stories of survivors, to look toward the future of a world free from nuclear threats, and to amplify the voices of activists, experts and others beyond their typical audience. »  Please visit https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events

For people who heard the KSFR 101.1 FM story on Monday, July 27th, there was reference to the 285ALL group, based in El Dorado, south of Santa Fe, near the intersection of I-25 and 285.  Here is their email: 285allalliance@gmail.com

A listing of upcoming Trinity, Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75th Commemoration Events is available here.  CCNS 75th Commemoration Events 7-23-20





          *  Saturday, July 25th at 1:30 – 2 pm on KUNM 89.9 FM – Joni Arends and Laura Watchiempino talk about proposed WIPP expansion on the Women’s Focus with host, Carol Boss.


          *  Tuesday, July 28th at 3 – 3:30 pm on KTRC 1490 AM – Joni Arends talk about the STOP WIPP FOREVER campaign with host, Richard Eeds.


  1. Thursday, August 6th at 6 pm – Nuclear Issues Study Group “We Are Not A Wasteland: Empowering Grassroots Resistance” webinar about Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  https://www.facebook.com/NuclearIssuesStudyGroup/


  1. Tuesday, August 6th at 5 pm. Deadline to submit comments to the New Mexico Environment Department about the DOE’s plans for FOREVER WIPP!  http://nuclearactive.org/stop-forever-wipp/  and http://nuclearactive.org/public-comments-needed-to-stop-wipp-expansion/


  1. Tuesday, September 22, 2020 comments due to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the draft environmental impact statement about a proposed consolidated interim storage facility for Holtec International. The site is located 16 miles north of WIPP.  http://nuclearactive.org/officials-and-ngos-express-deep-concerns-about-holtec/ and http://nuclearactive.org/nrc-must-hold-five-public-meetings-in-new-mexico-about-holtec/


  1. Tuesday, November 3, 2020 comments due to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the draft environmental impact statement about a proposed consolidated interim storage facility for Waste Control Specialists/Interim Storage Partners. The site is located on the Texas/New Mexico border, five miles east of Eunice, NM.  http://www.beyondnuclear.org/centralized-storage/



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