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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Vigil in Santa Moncia

08.5.15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm // Santa Monica, CA
Date: 8.5.2015 08.5.15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost: $Free
Organizer: Denise Duffield
Venue: Chain Reaction Peace Sculpture
Address: 1800 Main St.
City: Santa Monica, CA
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Chain Reaction peace sculpture, Santa Monica

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Never Again – Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Vigil – Aug. 5

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Renewing Our Commitment to a Nuclear Weapons Free Future

DATE: Wednesday, August 5

TIME: 4 pm sharp. A moment of silence will be observed at 4:15 pm, the exact time the first bomb was dropped over Hiroshima (8:15 am August 6 in Japan local time).

LOCATION: Chain Reaction peace sculpture, 1800 block of Main Street, at the Santa Monica Civic Center

Please join PSR-LA, Pax Christi, and other peace and justice advocates for a special vigil to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to renew our commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons.

We will gather by 4 pm on Wednesday, August 5th in Santa Monica at Chain Reaction, Paul Conrad’s landmark 26-foot-tall peace sculpture depicting a nuclear mushroom cloud created from chain links.

A moment of silence will be observed at 4:15 pm, which is the exact moment – 8:15 am August 6 in Japan, local time – that the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, killing 130,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing 70,000. Health impacts for survivors and their children continue to this day.

There are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in today’s global nuclear arsenal, most of which are hundreds of times more powerful than the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Equipment failure, human error, and political tensions have caused numerous close calls over the years in which nuclear catastrophe was barely averted. Today, nuclear terrorism is also a real and growing threat.

Statisticians estimate a range between 10 – 30% chance of a nuclear war in the next ten years. Our lives, our loved ones, and all that we hold dear hang in this precarious nuclear balance.

Please join with us and communities throughout the world on August 5th to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki, help us build awareness of the nuclear threat, and grow the movement for a safer, healthier world.

For more information contact Denise Duffield at dduffield@psr-la.org or by calling 213-689-9170.

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