Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Key 2015 Events for Nuclear Disarmament Movement Organizers

Recognizing that there are already several major U.S. events in 2015 being organized by the nuclear disarmament movement, I have begun compiling them below, and on the corresponding state-by-state listing.

Please tweet @scarry with additional events for listing.

(In the near future, I hope this static list will be supplanted by a dynamic listing, so additional events can be added directly by users.)

(For an extensive list of events of all kinds related to nuclear disarmament, see http://www2.fcnl.org/NuclearCalendar/index.php )


January 5 - 7:30 pm
Cambridge, MA
Peace and Planet: Report back from Vienna Nuclear Abolition Conference
via @MassPeaceAction

January 11 - 4:00 pm
Chicago, IL
THERMONUCLEAR MONARCHY: Book event w/ Elaine Scarry

January 24
Wrap Up Trident - Mass Demonstration

January 27
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Community Engagement Panel: Decommissioning San Onofre
via @gene_stone

January 31
Washington, DC
No $1 Trillion Nuclear Arsenal
via @GlobalZero


February 1
Raleigh, NC
No $1 Trillion Nuclear Arsenal
via @GlobalZero

February 3
Cambridge, MA
Peace + Planet: Are Nuclear Weapons Illegal?
Organizing meeting for the Peace and Planet mobilization in New York City, April 26, 2015.
via @MassPeaceAction

Washington, DC
Gathering Momentum Toward Nuclear Zero
via @MarieADennis

February 28 - March 1
New York, NY
Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction
A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation
via @DrHCaldicott

MARCH 2015

February 28 - March 1 (NYC - see above)

March 2
Burghfield, UK
Burghfield Lockdown!
Atomics Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield
via @ActionAWE

March 5
Santa Barbara, CA
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: 14th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future with Helen Caldicott
via @rickwayman

March 12
Cincinnati, OH
Appeal hearing scheduled on sabotage charge for three imprisoned nuclear disarmament activists (Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Sr. Megan Rice)

March 26 - May 29
Büchel, Germany
65 Days - Nonviolence Blockade of Nuclear Weapons
via @atomwaffenfrei

March 28 - April 3
Nevada Desert Experience - Sacred Peace Walk
via @NVDesertExp

March 28
Glasgow, Scotland
#TridentHastoGoNow demo

March 30
Knoxville, TN
Moving Towards a Nuclear Free Future 2015
walk to New York City for April 24 ff events

APRIL 2015

March 28 - April 3 (Nevada - see above)
March 26 - May 29 (Büchel, Germany - see above)

April 13
#BairnsNotBOMBS Big Blockade

April 20
Cambridge, MA
Prof. Vincent Intondi on African Americans Against the Bomb

April 24 - April 26
New York, NY
Peace and the Planet Conference and Rally
* Friday-Saturday, April 24/25 - An international peace, justice and environmental conference
* Sunday, April 26 - Interfaith service
* Sunday, April 26 - A major international rally, march to the United Nations and peace festival
* Global peace wave
via @peaceandplanet

April 27 - May 22
United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
NPT Review Conference ("RevCon")
* Call for NPT-related organizing 
* NPT brief overview
* NPT Home page at UN  
* Information for civil society participation at NPT RevCon
* Civil Society Statement to the United Nations First Committee, 28 October 2014
via @RCW_

MAY 2015

March 26 - May 29 (Büchel, Germany - see above)
April 27 - May 22 - NPT Review Conference (New York City - see above)

JUNE 2015

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JULY 2015

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AUGUST  6 - 9

Santa Fe, NM
Campaign Nonviolence National Conference
* Aug 6 - Mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima with the annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil and call for nuclear disarmament near the National Labs.
* Aug 9 - Mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with the annual sackcloth and ashes peace vigil and call for nuclear disarmament near the National Labs.
via @CampaignNV



Toronto: Ground Zero to Global Zero: Hope After 70 Years - Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Commemoration Thursday, August 6, 6:30 pm, 10 Trinity Square, Toronto http://www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca


"August 6, 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the bombing [of Hiroshima]. Annually, there are events such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, with guest speakers, and the Lantern Floating Ceremony, in which lanterns float on the river as petitions for peace. Additional special events for the 70th anniversary are to be announced."


ChicagoOn the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, DePaul's Dr. Yuki Miyamoto will show the film "White Light/Black Rain" and discuss the residual impact to humankind of the A-bomb and the current state of affairs regarding Fukushima. Thursday, Aug 6 7:00-9:30 pm, DePaul Unviersity Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) 2320 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614. https://www.facebook.com/events/385513168313042/

Des Moines: The Annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Observance will be held at the Japanese Bell, on the Capitol Grounds in Des Moines on Thursday, August 6th, at 7:30 PM. https://www.afsc.org/event/hiroshima-nagasaki-observance

Bangor: 70th Anniversary of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration on Thursday, August 6th at noon in Westmarket Square in downtown Bangor. See http://peacectr.org/wp/calendar/peace-and-justice-center-events/hiroshima-commemoration-2015/

Throughout the state: see the full list on the Mass Peace Action site for events in Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Concord, Fall River, Falmouth, Leverett, Lexington, Martha's Vineyard, Northampton, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, .... http://masspeaceaction.org/events/hiroshima-nagasaki-call-2015

Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland: TriCity Action for Peace gathers 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the corner of Ezra Rust Drive and Washington Avenue in front of the Japanese Cultural Center, 527 Ezra Rust Drive. See: http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2015/07/tricity_action_for_peace_remem.html

St. Louis: 70th Memorial Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Sunday, August 16 (NOTE DATE), 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Rd, St. Louis 63117. See https://www.facebook.com/events/793663064087278/

New Jersey
Princeton: The Coalition for Peace Action will have a Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Wednesday, Aug. 5. 6 p.m. picnic, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. program, Albert Hinds Plaza next to the Princeton Public Library at 65 Witherspoon St. See http://www.nj.com/mercer-community/index.ssf/2015/07/coalition_to_commemorate_anniv.html

New York
New York City: Peace Gathering - August 5, 12:00 noon in front of the Consulate General of Japan at 48th and Park Avenue. See https://peaceboatusoffice.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/join-us-at-the-peace-gathering-on-august-5-to-commemorate-the-70th-anniversary-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/

Schenectady: 2nd Annual Peace Pole Walk in Schenectady NY, sponsored by Schenectady Neighbors For Peace. Thursday, August 6th, 2015, 5:00 pm https://www.facebook.com/SchenectadyNeighborsForPeace/posts/859089587504838  See also Peace Pagoda commemoration.

Columbus: Events begin Thursday with a peace vigil in solidarity with the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the gazebo on the northeast side of Goodale Park at 7:30 p.m. See full details and event list for the rest of the week: http://www.examiner.com/article/this-week-peace-events-to-commemorate-hiroshima-and-nagasaki

Doylestown: Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil, Thursday, August 6 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Corner of State & Main Streets in Doylestown - http://www.peacecoalition.org/component/content/article/40-chapters/640-hiroshima-day-vigil-in-doylestown-8615-70-years-.html

Knoxville and Oak Ridge: Commemoration Thursday evening at Oak Ridge, and events happening all week in Knoxville. Full schedule: http://orepa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/august-2015-schedule-tab2.pdf

Seattle: From Hiroshima To Hope Thursday, August 6 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm. 7312 West Green Lake Drive North https://www.facebook.com/events/682608145216516/



BerkeleyMore than 10,000 people have joined this years fourteenth annual Japanese Lantern Ceremony for World Peace, to be held Sat., Aug. 8, 2015 at the north end of Aquatic Park (bottom of Addison Street). Join us in decorating lantern shades, to be floated on the lagoon at dusk. https://www.facebook.com/events/865345440216867/



Nagasaki: [August 9, 2015 will be the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki. Commemoration events are held annually and, as with Hiroshima, it is expected that additional special events for the 70th anniversary are to be announced.]


Washington: Bike Around the Bomb. We’ll be biking through downtown D.C., tracing the distance around the Nagasaki bomb blast in solidarity with commemorations happening worldwide. Sunday, August 9, 10:00 am Lafayette Square (H Street and 17th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20005)  https://www.facebook.com/events/923795157659685/


September 20 - 27
Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2015


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November - date TBD
Nagasaki, Japan
Annual Pugwash Conference

November 21-23
World Nuclear Victims Forum

(See extended post on this blog: Nov 21-23, 2015 in Hiroshima: World Nuclear Victims Forum -- I'll Be There )


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Related posts

I'm excited to be preparing to attend the World Nuclear Victims Forum in Hiroshima in November. Here are my thoughts as the event approaches, plus a list of my blog posts on this topic.
(See Nov 21-23, 2015 in Hiroshima: World Nuclear Victims Forum -- I'll Be There )

Let's dedicate June, July, and August this year to recognizing the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 and 9, 2015). . . AND let's do something about it: make a nuclear ban a reality.

(See TIME FOR A NUCLEAR BAN? On the 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki )

"It's not enough to remember this just once a year; it's not enough that we make a single book -- Hiroshima -- required reading, and never go beyond that. There should be a whole canon that people study progressively, year by year, to grasp and retain the horror of this."

(See FIRE AND BLAST: A Curriculum that Confronts Nuclear Danger?)

It's wonderful to see more and more calls -- especially to young people -- to do creative work (graphic art, video, etc.) on the subject of nuclear disarmament.

(See Art and Video for Nuclear Disarmament -- Calls and Contests)

The call for activism for nuclear disarmament in 2015 includes encouragement for the faith community to help lead the way.  Plans are being developed for an interfaith service during the April 26, 2015, convergence in New York City. How will people of faith all over the country -- and around the world -- lift up the cause of nuclear disarmament in 2015?

(See Ring Them Bells for Nuclear Disarmament in 2015 )