Commemorate Hiroshima/Nagasaki at Nathan Phillips Square and help abolish nuclear weapons
The Toronto Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Coalition presents We CAN Abolish Nuclear Weapons to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Saturday, Aug. 6.
According to a press release, 2016 has seen important steps forward in the fight for the abolition of nuclear weapons globally.
The coalition said U.S. President Barack Obama;s historic visit to Hiroshima, as well as the overwhelming support for a nuclear weapons ban at the UN open-ended working group in May offers hope the world is prepared to take action to eliminate one of the greatest threats to global survival.
“At the same time, the world is facing a nuclear threat unparalleled since the height of the Cold War, with escalating tensions at NATO Russian borders, and a U.S. plan to spend one trillion dollars upgrading its nuclear arsenal.”
To celebrate what is considered Hiroshima Day, the coalition is hosting the commemoration at Nathan Phillips Square. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. where people can browse through tables from community partners. The commemoration, feature features North York resident Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will give a keynote speech at 6 p.m. There will also be performances by Taiko drummers the Raging Asian Women, Flautist Ron Korb, the Pax Christi Chorale and the Raging Grannies.
Organizers also invite people to view the Hiroshima & Nagasaki Poster and Survivors’ artwork display at the City Hall Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 to 15.
Visit www.hiroshimadaycoalition.ca for details.