Peace and Justice Works
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For immediate release July 31, 2020
Rally and march remembering atomic bombs,
Are We Destined To Repeat Hiroshima/Nagasaki?"
calling for disarmament
What: Friday Rally for Peace and Justice
When: Friday, July 31, 2020, 5-5:45 PM
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway)
Who: Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group, 503-236-3065
On Friday, July 31, the weekly rally for Peace and Justice, will remember
the United States' inhumane use of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
Japan in 1945, calling for an end to nuclear weapons. As it has since
November 2001, the event will begin at 5 PM at the SW corner of Pioneer
Courthouse Square (SW Yamhill and Broadway) with a rally followed by a
march around downtown. The theme of the event, coordinated by Peace and
Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group is "75 Years: Are We Destined to Repeat
Hiroshima/Nagasaki?" Participants are asked to wear masks and practice
social distancing; RSVPs are appreciated to ensure we stay within a 25
The protest will include literature from the Zones Project, which calls
attention to the destruction caused by bombs the size of "Fat Man" and
"Little Boy." This starts with the inner circle of 1.5 miles where all
life and buildings were pulverized. The outer zone of 8.5 miles saw
exposed people burned and blinded by the flash, all windows broken, second
degree burns and trauma.
Today's nuclear weapons have much higher yields.
The racist nature of the US military bombings, which killed hundreds of
thousands of Japanese people, echoes the thousands of Black lives taken by
the local purveyors of state violence-- the police. Similarly, testing and
mining have been done on indigenous lands with no regard to health
consequences. That Japan was preparing to surrender in August 1945
regardless of the nuclear blasts underscores that the US deliberately
killed civilians to show its military superiority.
Over 100,000 people died instantly, with thousands more dying later of
radiation sickness and cancer. PJW's Iraq Affinity Group will remind the
public that the use of radioactive materials in Iraq, Afghanistan, former
Yugoslavia and elsewhere continue wreaking unknown amounts of disease and
death both on the people of those countries and American soldiers.
Uranium (DU) is thought to be one of the causes of "Gulf War Syndrome," as
well as innumerable inexplicable cancers and birth defects seen in Iraq
following the 1991 "Gulf War."
The protest will also include the Ann Huntwork Memorial Peace Sign, the
digital reader board which first made its appearance in June of this year.
The rally will also be an opportunity to promote the Oregon Physicians for
annual Hiroshima / Nagasaki commemoration, taking
place on Thursday, August 6 at 6 PM on line.
Friday Rallies began as a project of Portland Peaceful Response
Coalition in November, 2001, a few weeks after the US invasion of
Afghanistan. In March, when the Governor's stay-at-home orders went into
place, Peace and Justice Works took over as the lead organization for the
events. This event is cosponsored by War Resisters League Portland.
For more information or to get involved contact the Peace and Justice
Works Iraq Affinity Group at 503-236-3065 (voice or text), or email firstname.lastname@example.org .