Remembering Hiroshima and Working for a Nuclear Free Future

From the days of Thursday, August 5th to Monday, August 9th, the Nuclear Free Future Coalition of Western Massachusetts held dinners, vigils, ceremonies, walks, and other events as a means to reflect upon the past and imagine a new future. The origin of our events comes from remembering the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the anniversary of those tragedies also leads us to recognize the dangers of nuclear power and the evil of war in general.

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(NFF 2010 full schedule here and below)

Thursday, August 5

Remembering Hiroshima Dinner and Lantern Ceremony

Open to folks everywhere in Western Massachusetts, a free community dinner was held. Briefly after the dinner, we will be hearing from some folks their vision for an inspiring and nuclear-free future. At approximately 7:30, we walked over to Paradise Pond at Smith College for a traditional Japanese lantern ceremony.

  • Starts at 6pm
  • Edwards Church, Northampton

Friday, August 6

Vigil at time of Hiroshima Bombing (Amherst)
Folks gathered together (with and without signs) to remind passersby and mark the 65 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

  • 8am to 9am
  • Grace Church side of the Amherst Town Common, Amherst

Vigil at time of Hiroshima Bombing (Northampton)
Folks gathered together (with and without signs) to remind passersby and mark the 65 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The First Churches Sanctuary will also be open for meditation (with music and brief faith leaders speaking) for the hour.

  • 8am to 9am
  • Corner of Main St. and King St., Northampton
  • Sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the First Churches of Northampton

Vigil at time of Hiroshima Bombing (Springfield)
Folks gathered together (with and without signs) to remind passersby and mark the 65 anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

  • 8am to 9am
  • North End Bridge, North End, Springfield
  • Sponsored by Arise for Social Justice

Potluck Dinner with Peace Pagoda Walkers (Springfield)
Join folks at Arise for Social Justice welcomed the Peace Pagoda Walkers as they come into Springfield from Palmer. There was a potluck dinner and some words from the walkers about their continuing journey for peace.

  • 5pm
  • Arise for Social Justice, 467 State Street, Springfield

Potluck Supper and Friday Night Film (Greenfield)
There was a potluck dinner at the Traprock Center, followed by the film “Hiroshima, No Pika”. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, it is an animated film based on the award-winning children’s book by the Japanese artist Toshi Maruki. Through Maruki’s heart-rending but beautiful water color illustrations, the film tells the story of a young girl and her family who live through the horrific bombing of Hiroshima.

  • 6pm (7pm movie)
  • Traprock Center, 24 Miles Street, Greenfield

Film screening: “Amazing Grace and Chuck” (Northampton)
“Chuck Murdock is an all American kid living in a sleepy town in Montana. He is the top pitcher of the little league team as well. After taking a tour of a nuclear silo, Chuck decides to quit playing little league until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Boston Celtic Amazing Grace Smith hears about Chuck’s exploits, and decides to do the same thing. Amazing then moves to the young boy’s town to live. More athletes follow suit as well. The town begins to hate Chuck and his family, and this makes Chuck’s father angry. But can one kid’s message make the world listen?”

  • 7pm
  • Community Room, Media Education Foundation, 60 Masonic Street, Northampton
  • Sponsored by the Committee to End the War in Iraq

Saturday, August 7

Peace Vigil (Greenfield)

  • 11am – 12 noon
  • Shattuck Park, Greenfield
  • Sponsored by the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice

Main Street: GO SOLAR! Event (Northampton)
We unveiled our street theater solar panel installations and giant “Sunny Green” “Sol Verde” puppet along Main Street at 12:30. Followed by a rally and citizens’ speak-out at Northampton City Hall at 1pm! Great music by the Raging Grannies, Derrick Jordan, and Jay Manita!

  • 12:30 – 2:30pm
  • Main Street and Northampton City Hall, Northampton

Walk for 7 Generations (Springfield – Chicopee)
Many joined the Peace Pagoda Walkers as they walked from Springfield to Chicopee.

Sunday, August 8

Walk for 7 Generations ( Chicopee – S. Hadley – N. Amherst)
Many joined the Peace Pagoda Walkers as they walked from Chicopee to South Hadley to North Amherst.

Monday, August 9

Walk for 7 Generations and Nagasaki Day Ceremony (N. Amherst to Leverett Peace Pagoda
Many joined the Peace Pagoda Walkers as they walked from North Amherst to the Leverett Peace Pagoda.There was a Peace Pagoda at 11am for the annual Nagasaki Day Ceremony.