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Candlelight Vigil for a Nuclear Free Future

Tuesday, August 06, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Town Clock/Collateral Damage Sculpture in downtown Santa Cruz (at Water St and Pacific Ave)

Gather, Remember, Re-Commit
A Candlelight Vigil in memory of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima, Chernobyl, and .......

On August 6th, 1945 and August 9th, 1945 the United States dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 from 7-9PM at the Town Clock/Collateral Damage Sculpture in downtown Santa Cruz, join with the Peace Community* of Santa Cruz for a Candlelight Vigil for a Nuclear Free Future.

We know that the nuclear weapons and power industries are inextricably linked together - we call for an end to both.

Bring signs, flags, banners, and candles - we will have extras

*cosponsored by the following, a growing list:
People United for Peace of Santa Cruz, Women in Black SC, Santa Cruz Against Drones, CodePink SC, SC Coalition to Bring the Troops Home Now, Pax Christi SC, Peace & Freedom Party SC, Resource Center for Nonviolence, United Nations Assoc. SC, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom SC, Santa Cruz Quaker Meeting,........

For more info about this event: pup [at]

United for Peace and Justice has declared August "Nuclear Free Future Month"

You can receive more info here:

...and you can sign a petition to the President to eliminate nuclear weapons here:

To read more about Hiroshima and Nagasaki and see photos of the effects of the bombings, go here: - WARNING! some of the images are very graphic!
Added to the calendar on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 3:21PM

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by Steve Pleich
A Brief Reflection on History

As we gather together to mark the anniversary of Hiroshima, it is appropriate that we take a moment to review the historical record. History records Franklin Roosevelt as famously saying that December 7, 1941 was a “date that will live in infamy” Had he only lived long enough to witness the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, he may have reconsidered that statement. Had he lived a bit longer, the total annihilation of Nagasaki might have rendered him entirely unable to fully express himself.

Robert Oppenheimer, upon realizing the full destructive power of the device he helped create, could only express the depth of his sadness and shame in Hindu verse when he said “now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds” Would Dr. Oppenheimer, had he lived to see the proliferation of nuclear weapons throughout the world, have chosen the same words today? I think that both men, giants in their times, would have been moved to reconsider their statements and perhaps even may have joined together to offer more sage advice to the world community.

History speaks to all of us. And whether by actions or words we speak to and become part of it. And so, as we mark a date that has in great measure defined our past, what do we do and say to shape the events that will determine our future? Whatever we decide to say I think Roosevelt and Oppenheimer might agree with us that the first two words must be “Never Again!”
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