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March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival Livermore Lab, 8 AM on August 6, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar today for this major Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action on Monday, August 6th. Join us to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the site where new nuclear weapons are being developed for use today.

We will gather at Livermore Lab to stop the creation of novel, “more usable” nuclear warheads that the Trump Administration proposed in its Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released earlier this year. We will join millions of peace advocates around the country and the world on this memorable day to say “never again” to the use of nuclear weapons – and to call for their global abolition. Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and a consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Ellsberg recently released his critically acclaimed memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka will be a guest speaker. He was an infant when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. His mother and sister died from illnesses linked to radiation poisoning and his brother died at age 39 from premature aging associated with fallout from the bomb. Hanaoka is a retired minister in the United Methodist church, who came to the U.S. following seminary training in Japan. He has settled in the Bay Area where he speaks, writes and teaches on topics of peace and human rights.

Christine Hong will also be featured at the rally. She is an assistant professor at UC Santa Cruz specializing in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, and critical Pacific Rim studies. Hong is co-editor of the Critical Asian Studies special edition on North Korean Human Rights. She is a member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.

If you are able to bring a group, and want to apply for a gas, van or bus stipend, CLICK HERE for the rules and application form.

Please check out the two-sided flyer below for more event information, including about the Peace Camp that will be available on the weekend before the Monday, August 6th rally, march and action.