On Friday, August 6th, as the Tokyo Olympics come to a close, we will gather at the Rockefeller Lagoon, Rev. M.L. King Drive, near E. 105th St.
Speakers include Karen Jiobu, who was confined in a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII. Music by Charlie Mosbrook, poetry by Clarissa Jakobsons and the late Daniel Thompson. Paper crane folding, Japanese lantern decoration, and a lantern float at sunset.
7:00 pm – Gathering to decorate lanterns and fold paper cranes
7:30 pm – Program
8:40 pm – Sunset lantern float on the lagoon
Please bring your own chair. Make sure any valuables in your car are not visible.
Nuclear war! How can the unthinkable be thinkable? The U.S. government is now modernizing its nuclear arsenal at a cost of over $1 Trillion*. While our tax dollars support unthinkable war, remedying economic and racial inequity or rebuilding infrastructure go begging.
On August 6th, 1945, a small nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki. At least 129,000 to 226,000 people were killed, with half dying slow deaths from burns, radiation, other injuries, and malnutrition**. Hibakusha, the remaining survivors, still suffer the effects. Targeting Asian civilians in 1945 echoes today as racism still plagues our nation.
- We understand the grave and existential threat of nuclear war.
- We declare that nuclear weapons must never again be used.
- We resolve to rid the world of the threat of nuclear war.
- We will pressure our elected representatives to de-fund nuclear weapons and use those funds to make life better for all.
It’s up to us! Join us to say “Never Again!”
Cleveland Peace Action has been working for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1981. We welcome co-sponsors Cleveland Non-violence Network, InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland.