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Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Building Toward Nuclear Justice
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and our community partners invite all to join us for the annual Portland-area memorial to the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We’re excited to be returning to an in-person event after virtual events for the past few years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be hosting the event at the Japanese American Historical Plaza on the Portland waterfront.
What: Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Building Toward Nuclear Justice
When: Monday, August 8th, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Where: Japanese American Historical Plaza (at NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street at Portland’s Waterfront Park)
We are thrilled to announce a truly stellar lineup of performances this year including LaRhonda Steele and the Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir; Portland Taiko drummers; Tsubaki Buyo Doukoukai traditional Japanese dancers; a Marshallese youth dance troupe; and a sing-along with Hiru Gohan Group.
Our speakers will include longtime nuclear justice activist and Walla Walla Tribal Member Cathy Sampson Kruse and third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) and artist Yukiyo Kawano.
We’ll also honor two movement elders, hibakusha Michiko Kornhauser and atomic veteran Harvey Thorstad, with a special award. The event will be hosted by Jess Gasper of the Oregon Marshallese Community Association.
We’ll pause to mark the exact moment (7:02 PM) when the bomb made with plutonium processed at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation on the Columbia River was dropped on Nagasaki and we’ll provide opportunities for our audience members to take action for nuclear justice.
All who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are welcome to join us in person at this free, outdoor, all-ages event. For those unable to join us in person, the memorial will also be livestreamed on Oregon PSR’s Facebook page.