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|Oliver Stone's 'The Bomb', and Congressional candidate Barry Hermanson|
|Date||Saturday May 17|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez
San Mateo, CA 94401
|smpa [at] sanmateopeaceaction.org|
On Saturday, May 17, we will present an event that asks a couple of questions:
* What really happened in the United States' pursuit of nuclear weapons?
* Who will be Nancy Pelosi's opponent in November?
The first question, and at least part of its answer, arises from one particular episode of filmmaker Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States". This is a 10-part documentary series that played on Showtime beginning in late 2012.
Entitled simply "The Bomb", Episode 3 of the series looks at both the strategies and the mythology around the atomic bombing of Japan. Besides bringing incredible destruction on two cities in Japan and death among their citizenries, the bombings also launched the Cold War, whose implications shaped a lot of American politics in the mid-19th century...and now are back with us in a major way. Stone's episode also examines the role of nuclear weapons as a threat to life on the planet. Peace Action will show this episode in the evening's "first act".
We will then turn our attention to electoral politics, with Peace Action member Barry Hermanson presenting his case for running for the seat of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. California's "top two" primary system offers the potential for a number of possible candidates - not necessarily Republicans - to face Pelosi.
As a member of the Green Party, Hermanson feels he has as much chance as any of the other 7 candidates to gain a foothold in the race for the June 3 primary. He plans to urge Pelosi to answer questions of national importance in a public forum, and he feels that many of the issues he will raise resonate with members of Peace Action. In fact, they already have, based on the descriptive pie charts Hermanson created a few years ago depicting outsized U.S. military spending. On May 17, in a short talk, Hermanson will raise this and other issues such as living wages around the world, ending drone warfare and taxing carbon emissions.
The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.