From Now to the August Peace Event on Sunday, August 7: Help Write "The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Calls"
You've probably heard the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes, about the young Japanese woman who survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast in 1945 but who later contracted leukemia, probably due to the radiation to which she was exposed. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted. Sadako succeeded in folding over 1,000 cranes as she battled leukemia, but her wish to live was not granted, and she died 10 months after her leukemia was first diagnosed.
Sunday August 7, 2:00-4:30 PM: August Peace Event, at the Social Hall of St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. in Sacramento
This annual event, which is co-sponsored by PSR/Sacramento, commemorates the 1945 Atomic Bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The featured speaker this year is the Honorable Tony de Brum, former Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Tony de Brum was born in 1945 and grew up in a time when the United States conducted 67 atomic and thermonuclear weapons tests in the Marshall Islands.
As a nine-year-old, he personally witnessed the ‘Bravo shot' at Bikini Atoll, the largest-ever US nuclear test that produced an explosion 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb.
Having witnessed the deleterious effects of US nuclear tests in his country as a young boy, Tony de Brum, as Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands, took the unprecedented step of filing lawsuits against all nine nuclear weapons states in the International Court of Justice in 2014, seeking to hold them to account for their failure to abide by the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.
Doors open at 2:00 for anyone who is willing to be photographed "Taking a Stand Against Nuclear Weapons and Gun Violence. Social hour begins at 2:30 PM, and the program begins at 3:00.
Admission is free but donations at the door are appreciated.
Saturday, August 20, 7:00-9:00 PM: Presentation about Asylum Seekers in Israel by Maayan Ravid, at Congregation Bnai Israel, 3600 Riverside Drive, in Sacramento
Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights.
Ms. Ravid will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state, and social action.
Ms. Ravid has been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel to improve the status of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Eritrea.
The event is co-sponsored by
the Adult Education Committee and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel, and by The Israel Civil Voice Alliance.
Sunday, October 23: Save the date for the joint annual dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of the United Nations Association and PSR
This year's annual dinner will feature a keynoted address by Dr. Ira Helfand, vice-president of Internatinal Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
IPPNW launched the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007 and now has more than 420 partner non-governmental organizations in 95 countries.
At a conference in Vienna in December, 2014, ICAN adopted a pledge to “stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.”
In December of 2015, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of adopting this pledge.
The United States was one of just 29 countries to vote against it.
IPPNW sent representatives to the UN Open Ended Working Group meeting in Geneva in May of 2016 to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world.
OEWG, as it is called, was formed in 2015 and is supported by 138 nations, but opposed by 12, including the USA , which didn't send a representative to the meeting last month.
Between now and the October 23rd annual dinner , see the Nuclear Weapons and Militarism page of this website to learn how you can help write The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Callsby calling President Obama and members of Congress and urging President Obama and our members of Congress to oppose any further spending on our nuclear arsenal and to instead work toward the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
Disclaimer: Events are listed based on their potential interest to PSR/Sacramento members, but the listing of an event that is not directly sponsored or organized by PSR/Sacramento does not necessarily represent endorsement of that event.