Seventy-five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, survivors are #StillHere speaking truth to power. Unfortunately, nuclear weapons are also #StillHere. That’s why Columbia’s Hiroshima Remembrance Committee and a national coalition of over 100 organizations are marking the 75th anniversary with calls to leaders to ensure that these weapons are never used again.
Because of COVID-19, this year’s 30th “Hiroshima Remembrance” local event has been changed. On Saturday, August 1st and Saturday, August 8th, committee members will be at the corner of Main and Blanding Streets (just north of Soda City) from 9 am to 11 am. We’ll share our efforts to “Prioritize Peace in the U.S. Budget” and to say “No Plutonium Pits Production at SRS.” More details on our Facebook events page: “Hiroshima Remembrance: Envision Peace Now” bit.ly/nonukessc
We are also excited to be participating in two national, virtual #StillHere events on Thursday, August 6th and Sunday, August 9th. South Carolina’s nuclear issues will be highlighted on August 9th when our locally-produced documentary film short asks viewers to hold onto visions of peace and stand against nuclear proliferation. The 15-minute documentary, Peace Now: Clean Up Not Build Up at Savannah River Site, “introduces audiences to SRS and to challenges met and those upcoming, namely the proposed production of plutonium pits (triggers for nuclear weapons) at SRS. Placing Savannah River Site in the context of nuclear weapons development more broadly, Tom Clements of SRS Watch, along with other South Carolina activists, inform and inspire on the long road to nuclear disarmament, where the work is hard, but the reward is priceless.”
Be sure to tune in on Sunday, August 9th to watch Peace Now: Clean Up Not Build Up at Savannah River Site (scheduled to air 2:55 pm – 3:10 pm) Go to www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org for updates.
Please join with us and tens of thousands of fellow peace-minded individuals in commemorating the 75th anniversary at the livestream #StillHere events August 6 & 9. Together we will honor survivors, who are #StillHere, and commit to actions to finally eliminate the global nuclear threat, which is also, unfortunately, #StillHere.
* Columbia’s 30th Hiroshima Remembrance is sponsored by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and Carolina Peace Resource Center.