Events

Events Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945

Pressing our leaders to take the actions necessary to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again and to negotiate in good faith the global elimination of these most devastating weapons of mass destruction.

Vigil in Baltimore: August 6, 5 – 6:30 pm

Participants will gather at the four corners of the intersection of 33rd and North Charles Streets, adjacent to Johns Hopkins University, the #1 nuclear weapons contractor among U.S. educational institutions. JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory, which engages in most of the university’s work on weapons, renewed a seven-year contract in 2017 worth $93 million to continue its work with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Participants with signs, banners, ribbons and artwork will condemn research on nuclear weapons, call for ratification of the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, and call for demilitarizing the police and denuclearing the military. Some of the demonstrators will be interviewed urging JHU to renounce its nuclear weapons contracts. Recorded comments will be posted on social media.

Sponsored by Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore Peace Action, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Homewood Friends Meeting, Maryland Peace Action, and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland.

Film: Aug. 6, 7PM:  Lost Generation, documentary about the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

To register for this virtual screening, click here.

Following the screening, Leslie Susan will discuss how her father, Herbert Sussan, directed the filming of the movie and then spent the rest of his life trying to get the footage released.  

Sponsored by the 39th annual National Capital Area Hiroshima Commemoration Committee.

Peace Ribbon Vigil in DC: Aug. 8, Noon

Gather at the Capitol Reflecting Pool between 2nd & 3rd Streets NW, for a mostly silent vigil, with a limited number of speakers. Those planning to attend are invited to bring peace ribbons and other signs. Attendance limited to 50, registration is required. To register go to https://ssl.charityweb.net/thepeaceribbon/event/ribbon75.htm For info, contact Andrea andibonita@gmail.com

Photo Exhibition in Greenbelt: August 8, 10 am

Display of posters depicting some of the damage U.S. forces inflicted on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The exhibit will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 am in historic Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center (131 Centerway, Greenbelt MD 20770). The Center is outdoors but roofs shelter much of its perimeter from light rain. Everyone will be welcome to come by and see the exhibit. For more about the posters contact Lucy Duff at lucyduff@comcast.net.

Vigil in DC: August 8, 8 pm

Candlelight Vigil at Liberty Plaza (17th and G Streets NW), Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring candles, peace ribbons, or signs. For more information contact Mel Hardy at melvin.hardy@gmail.com.

Vigil in Baltimore: August 9, 1-2:30 pm 

In support of the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons and  Back from the Brink, five policy prescriptions for the US. The vigil will begin at 3107 North Charles St., and then spread out on intersections up Charles St. as far as possible. People will hold signs, banners, ribbons and artwork. A car caravan in support of the vigil demands, decorated with anti-nuclear messages, will organize beginning at 12:30 at Wyman Park, 29th St. and head north on Charles St.  Some vigil and caravan participants will record statements, which will be posted on social media.

Sponsored by Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore Peace Action, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Homewood Friends Meeting, Maryland Peace Action, and Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland.

Webinar, Aug. 9, 7 p.m “A Discussion on the Connections Between Black Lives Matter and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” presented by Vince Intondi. Register here.

Vincent Intondi is a Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. From 2009-2017, Intondi was Director of Research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to teaching at Montgomery College, Intondi was an Associate Professor of History at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. Intondi regularly works with organizations exploring ways to include more diverse voices in the nuclear disarmament movement. His research focuses on the intersection of race and nuclear weapons. He is the author of the book, African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement with Stanford University Press. Read Prof. Intondi’s latest article here.

 Sponsored by Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland, Maryland Peace Action, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Massachusetts Peace Action, Maryland Poor People’s Campaign