Every fourth Thursday of the month*, Oregon WAND explores a compelling topic in depth with special features, guest speakers, and presentations. All Oregon WAND events are free and open to the public. Below you’ll find the Monthly Programs marked next to the event date. Oregon WAND Members & Allies: If you know of or are involved in an event that is aligned with the mission of WAND, please send us information about it for consideration in the Upcoming Events. *January-May, September, October, and November (third Thursday due to Thanksgiving; no program in December)
July 26 – August 10, 2015
2015 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The 2015 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk, open to all, is a walking meditation to promote hope and pray for a peaceful, nuclear-free world. This year, the Walk begins in Salem, Oregon, and moves through the Oregon and Washington cities of Portland, Hood River, Richland (Hanford Nuclear Reservation), Chehalis-Centralia, Olympia, Lacey, and Tacoma. The Interfaith Peace Walk offers the opportunity to learn more about the wisdom of the Buddha, Jesus, and the spirits of our ancestors.
Sponsored by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order, Catholic Worker of Tacoma & Seattle, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action of Peace, Lake Forest Park for Peace, Indian People Organization for Change (California), Interfaith Council of Bainbridge Island & Kitsap, Veterans for Peace, Footprint of Peace (Ohio & Australia)
Dates Sunday, July 26 – Monday, August 10, 2015
Location: Begins in Salem, Oregon
For information: Br. Senji Kanaeda or Br. Gilberto Perez, 206-780-6739 (temple); 206-419-7262, 206-724-7632 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (email)
August 6, 2015
2015 Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemoration
A community commemoration on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki to remember and honor the victims and say “Never Again”. The event features speakers, Eugene Taiko drumming, traditional Japanese Obon dancing, and the Yujin Gakuen Childrens Peace Choir. At dusk, there will be the floating of luminaries on the duck pond with accompanying music by Koto master Mitsuki Dazai.
Date/Time: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Location: Alton Baker Park, Small Shelter near the park entrance
Sponsors: CALC, Oregon WAND, Justice Not War Coalition, Japanese American Association, Asian Council, Beyond War Northwest.
For information: Contact CALC at 541-485-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 9, 2015
Bike Around the Bomb
If you were to ride a bike around the periphery of a small nuclear blast occurring in Eugene, you would pedal approximately 13 miles. The year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In commemoration of these tragic events and to raise awareness of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons, you’re invited to join other bike riders in the Eugene area in support of the Global Zero movement to Bike Around the Bomb. Come listen to speakers and observe a moment of silence before taking off for a 13-mile bike ride around the city.
Date/Time: Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 10:30 am
Location: Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 8th & Oak, Eugene
Cost: Free. If you don’t have one, bikes will be available to rent for $10.
For information: Contact Clara Shneid at email@example.com