Working in concert with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Mayors for Peace, CALC, the Lane County Commission for the Advancement of Human Rights and the Japanese-American Association of Lane County, Oregon WAND has established a traveling exhibit of posters, books, and testimony on the devastation caused to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, by the U.S. bombings. The exhibit was shown in the Atrium Building in downtown Eugene in October and November, 2008.
The exhibit is part of a campaign to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020.
Hideko Tamura Snider (on the left), a survivor of the bombing, joined Oregon WAND and Mayors for Peace in a campaign to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020. She is shown here with Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene and WAND member, and Susan Cundiff, Chair of Oregon WAND. Hideko’s words and her survival moved many of us to tears.
At left, the WAND table at the exhibit. The Hiroshima-Nagasaki exhibit is made up of posters, books, and a video. It is available for display by other peace groups in Oregon. Please contact Oregon WAND for more information about the exhibit.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Shadow Project
For many years, on the August 6th anniversary of the bombings, WAND, along with other Eugene Peace Groups, has sponsored The Shadow Project. Using cardboard silhouettes, participants have chalked the outlines of animals and people on sidewalks around Eugene and Springfield.
Annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration
Oregon WAND co-sponsors the annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration held on August 6th at Alton Baker Park in Eugene. This community event features a potluck, traditional Japanese dancing, drumming, and music, and closes with a moving floating candles ceremony on the park’s duck pond.
This year marks the 67th anniversary of the bombings. Oregon WAND works tirelessly to bring to an end nuclear weapons development and to urge Congress to devote the necessary funds to the cleanup of contaminated sites such as Hanford.