Hiroshima Day: On Friday August 6, please join with your worshipful presence as we commemorate the 76thanniversary of the tragic use of atomic weapons on the people of Hiroshima and later Nagasaki. At 6:00 p.m. there will be a brief ceremony at the Japanese-American Plaza on the Portland waterfront, followed at 6:30 by a guided tour of the exhibit, We Hold Sacred, created by Oregon PSR board members Chisao Hata and Yukiyo Kawano, at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon Annex in Portland’s historic Old Town. This neighborhood was once known as Nihonmachi, or Japantown, before its erasure resulting from Executive Order 9066, which established the American concentration camps that held over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry and Japanese-American citizens between 1942 and 1946. We Hold Sacred explores the history of anti-nuclear activism through art and memory and by uplifting the historic nuclear justice movements led by people of color. This exhibit asks us “to renew our commitment to Mother Earth, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all species” in accordance with the 1st Principle of the Preamble of the 1991 People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit).
Here are the practical details: To attend in person on Friday, please RSVP at the Oregon PSR (Physicians for Social Responsibility) website so they will know how many people to prepare for. To attend virtually, just go to YouTube.com and search for Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility. The exhibit will also be open for visitors on Saturday, August 7th and Sunday, August 8th from noon until 3:00 PM. In-person visitors are asked to be fully vaccinated, and to wear masks indoors. The website address is https://www.oregonpsr.org/