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15th Annual Hiroshima Day Sackcloth & Ashes Peace Vigil, Los Alamos, NM, August 4, 2018

Posted by Erin Bechtol

by John Dear

On Saturday, August 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Ashley Pond, in downtown Los Alamos, NM, people of peace, faith and conscience will commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, at the place where the first nuclear weapons were built, and where they continue to be built, and call for a new nuclear-free world of nonviolence.

For the past fifteen years, New Mexicans have gathered in the park where the first bomb was built, then processed across town carrying peace signs, sat down in sackcloth and ashes for 30 minutes of silence, then gathered back at Ashley Pond by the stage for a reflections. This year, we will gather again, rain or shine, for prayer and nonviolent action, with reflections led by Pace e Bene leader Father John Dear.

Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring a peace sign, bottled water, and an umbrella, and share this event with friends far and wide. Bring young people, spread this announcement with your churches and groups, and join the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, in New Mexico and everywhere.

“We’ve been going to Los Alamos every August for fifteen years now, to pray and speak out for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and the closure of the nuclear weapons labs,” Fr. John said recently. “But the world’s violence and warmaking is only worsening while we continue to waste billions of dollars on these weapons of mass destruction, even with the widespread poverty and need throughout New Mexico and the world.

“People of faith and conscience need to stand up and speak out against nuclear weapons, as Pope Francis has done recently, as the United Nations is doing, and call for a new culture of peace and nonviolence in New Mexico and across the world. I hope everyone will make August 4th in Los Alamos a priority for their lives and join us! Nuclear weapons are bad for New Mexico and the world, bad for our health, bad for the economy, bad for children, bad for the environment, bad for the creatures, and bad for our souls! Let’s get rid of them once and for all!”

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