The Ecumenical Peace Institute, one of the groups the California-Nevada Annual Conference supports through ecumenical grants, is co-sponsoring, with Livermore Conversion Project, a Hiroshima observance, "65 Years After Hiroshima: It's Time to Retire the Bomb," early in the morning on Friday, August 6 at Livermore Laboratory.
United Methodists are invited to join Norman Solomon, a well know columnist on media and politics, Taiko drummers and musicians for a time of solemn remembrance on the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan and to pledge "never again."
To take part, gather at Vasco and Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore, California at 8 a.m. At 8:15 a.m. there will be a moment of silence to observe the time when the atomic bomb was dropped, followed by a procession to the Lab's west gate and nonviolent acts of witness.
Organizers of the observance note that the threatened use of nuclear weapons remains at the heart of the United States' national security policy. President Obama has submitted a plan to invest $80 billion to modernize the nuclear weapons complex, including facilities at Livermore Lab, and new bomb factories in New Mexico, Missouri, and Tennessee, while Livermore also is the site where "new and modified" U.S. nuclear bombs are presently being developed, they report.
Keynote speaker Norman Solomon, is a longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). His journalistic experience includes many years of free-lance writing for Pacific News Service and other media outlets. He is the author of several books including Target Iraq.
For more information, contact Tri-Valley CAREs at (925) 443-7148.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversary worship resources are available from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD). For additional resources, visit GBOD's website at www.gbod.org.