August 6th and 9th, 2020 marked 75 years since atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing more than 200,000 people.
The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons* (CNANW) hosted a virtual event on August 6th from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern to honour the victims of this unspeakable act, and to consider new action to help rid the world of nuclear weapons. Which can be viewed above.
Featured Speakers :
Ms. Setsuko Thurlow O.C. – who, as a 13 year old girl survived the bombing of Hiroshima and became a lifelong activist for nuclear abolition. In 2017, Ms. Thurlow, with Ms. Beatrice Fihn, co-accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons for its work in advancing negotiation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
The Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C. – former Senator, Ambassador for Disarmament and, among many other things, founding Chair of the CNANW;
Mr. Alain Dondainaz – Head of Mission to Canada of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC);
Ms. Peggy Mason, former Ambassador for Disarmament and current President of the Rideau Institute;
Ms. Ray Acheson – Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF);
Mr. Cesar Jaramillo – Executive Director of Project Ploughshares;
Professor Michel Duguay – former Coordinator of the Let’s Move Quebec Out of Nuclear movement and, more recently, has written extensively about genomics and the essential unity of humanity.
Moderator: Earl Turcotte – Chair of the CNANW
The event ends with a ceremonial ringing of a bell 75 times to mark each year since the bombs were dropped.
CNANW Steering Committee
Earl Turcotte (Chair)
Bev Delong (Past Chair)
Rob Acheson (Treasurer)
Dr. Adele Buckley
Dr. Nancy Covington
Dr. Jonathan Down
* The Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) was established in 1996 by representatives of national organizations that share the conviction that nuclear weapons are immoral and should be abolished. We believe that Canada should lead in working for their early abolition.
· Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
· Canadian Disarmament Information Service
· Canadian Federation of University Women
· Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
· Centre de Ressources sur la Non-Violence
· Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Canada (IPPNWC)
· United Nations Association in Canada /
Association canadienne pour les Nations Unies
· Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Canada section)
· World Federalist Movement – Canada /
Mouvement Federaliste Mondial – Canada
Photo credit: wikimedia images (A-bomb testing)