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Friday, August 08, 2008  
Bombing survivor to speak at rally

By: The Record
Published In: The Stockton Record

LIVERMORE - Retired United Methodist minister the Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, will deliver the keynote address Saturday at an anti-nuclear weapons and war rally outside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory marking the 63rd anniversary of the bombing.

The event, sponsored by more than a dozen peace, environmental and social justice groups, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Vasco and Patterson Pass roads.

A moment of silence will be observed at 11:02 a.m., the time of the bomb's blast.

Hanaoka was an infant at the time. His mother, sister and brother died several years later from exposure to the bomb's radiation.

Rally participants also can traverse a "nuclear maze," a wood and cloth structure containing photos and text on uranium mining, enrichment, nuclear waste, bomb development, testing, and the impact of nuclear weapons and power on local and international communities, according to organizers.

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