AFSC and the Nuclear Free Future Coalition held our annual Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance on Saturday, August 9th.
At 6:30pm, members of the Leverett Peace Pagoda walked, with members of the community, from the intersection of King and Main Streets in Northampton to the McConnell Building on Smith Campus.
At 7pm at McConnell, we heard from renowned nuclear activists like Dr. Ira Helfand, Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Several brief clips from important films regarding the nuclear age were also shown.
Dr. Ira Helfand spoke about the horrors and the possibility of nuclear war in our day – and how we can avert this disaster.
Frances Crowe, founder of the Western Massachusetts AFSC program, uses BBs to demonstrate the destructive power of nuclear weapons.
Paki Wieland, recently back from lobbying in Washington D.C., talks about the problem of open uranium mines in the U.S. and the new proposed legislation to clean them up.
At 8pm, after the program, we processed nearby to the Smith Paradise Pond dock, for the traditional floating lantern ceremony to remember those that have been affected by the harms of nuclear technology.
This program was free and open to all!