For the Hibakusha

6-9 AUGUST 2020

This August 6 and 9 mark the 75th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The most powerful way to honour the victims and survivors of nuclear weapons is to fight for the elimination of these abhorrent weapons. We must not tolerate their existence or accept security frameworks based on nuclear violence. Every nuclear bomb can and must be dismantled. The mindset that bestows prestige on nuclear arms must be shown up for what it is: immoral, illogical and illegitimate. Nuclear weapons are now banned by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty is the key to our future; a world without nuclear weapons.

We invite you to take action dedicated “for the hibakusha” from 6-9 August 2020.

Australia has not yet joined the ban. It is in the hands of everyday people to put the treaty in front of our decision-makers and office-holders, to demand they work for Australia’s ratification. We will turn our government’s appalling approach around.

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the fragility of global public health systems and the power of cooperation among nations. Our world is not equipped for a single nuclear detonation, a catastrophe that can be avoided. May we heed the warnings of experts and use our power to prevent a nuclear disaster.

EVENT: INTERFAITH SERVICE FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

Thursday 6th August at 6-6:45pm AEST via Zoom

Join the Uniting Church in Australia, the Hindu Council of Australia, the Australian Baháʼí Community, the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, the Buddhist Council of NSW, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Pacific Conference of Churches, ICAN Australia and more for an interfaith service on Hiroshima Day.

FILM: HIROSHIMA (1953)

Monday 3rd August 2020 at 7pm AEST

Featuring an introduction by Barbara Hartley. Hosted by IPAN. 

WEBINAR: YELLOWCAKE COUNTRY

Wednesday 5th August 2020 at 5:30-7pm (WA time)

Featuring former federal Senator and ICAN Ambassador Scott Ludlam, ICAN co-founder Dimity Hawkins and former federal Labor Minister and ICAN Ambassador Melissa Parke.

WEBINAR: THE OUTLOOK FOR NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT

Thursday 6th August at 5-6pm AEST

Hosted by the Institute for International Affairs, Victoria, featuring Tim Wright, ICAN Treaty Coordinator.

DAILY ZOOM: REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI

2-6 August 2020 at 11-11:30 ACST every day

2/8: Tilman Ruff

3/8: Eve Massingham

4/8: Dale Stephens

5/8: Karina Lester

6/8: Isao Morimoto

Hosted by Australian Red Cross.

ALICE SPRINGS: REMEMBRANCE VIGIL

6 August 2020 at 12-2pm at John Flynn Uniting Church Lawns

Join in the remembrance of the first nuclear bombing on 6 August 1945 on Hiroshima and the subsequent bombing on Nagasaki three days later. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own paper crane or flower to place in remembrance of the victims of these bombs.

HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL CEREMONY LIVESTREAM

6 August 2020 at 7:30-9:50am AEST

Every year, the City of Hiroshima holds the Peace Memorial Ceremony to console the souls of those who were lost due to the atomic bombing. The Peace Declaration is delivered by the Mayor of Hiroshima during the ceremony. 

To access the live stream, click the button below.

HOBART: HIROSHIMA 75

Thursday 6th August 2020

1-2pm AEST in Franklin Square, Hobart

Hosted by MAPW, City of Hobart, Women in Black, Quakers and WILPF.

Contact: Sally Attrill satttrill@bigpond.com

WEBINAR: WHO'S AFRAID OF BANNING THE BOMB?

Thursday 6th August at 7-8pm AEST

Featuring ICAN’s Dr Marianne Hanson and the Combined Unions Choir. Hosted by the Just Peace QLD, Friends of the Earth and the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network.

WEBINAR: SYDNEY HIROSHIMA DAY COMMITTEE

Thursday 6th August at 7-8:30pm AEST

Featuring Dr Lisa Natividad, Dr Joseph Gerson, Jo Vallentine, Prof Stuart Rees AM, and ICAN’s Dave Sweeney.

NAGASAKI PEACE MEMORIAL CEREMONY LIVESTREAM

9 August 2020 at 12-1:15pm AEST

The Nagasaki Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on August 9th every year in memory of the victims of the second atomic bomb. The Nagasaki Peace Declaration will be delivered by the Mayor.

To access the live stream, click the button below.

BRISBANE: ON THE BEACH

Sunday 9th August 2020

2pm AEST at Nudgee Beach, Brisbane

Come together for music and poetry on the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing. Hosted by Just Peace QLD, FoE and IPAN.

EVENT: EMERGING FROM THE NUCLEAR SHADOW

Sunday 9th August 2020

1-2:30pm AEST via Zoom.

Hosted by Soka Gakkai International Australia.

FILM: THE VOW FROM HIROSHIMA

Available free for 24 hours from 2pm AEST on Sunday 9th August 2020.

This 80 minute, feature length film is told through the lens of the growing relationship between Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Mitchie Takeuchi, filmmaker and the daughter of a Hiroshima survivor, who is exploring intergenerational trauma in her own family. It is through this friendship that the film weaves the history of the post-nuclear era and the growing disarmament movement with the personal story of a fearless visionary.

WEBINAR: REMEMBERING THE ATOMIC BOMBS

History, memory and politics in Australia, Japan and the Pacific.

11th August at 5-6:30pm AEST via Zoom.

Featuring ICAN co-founder Dimity Hawkins, Prof Robin Gerster and Dr Gwyn McClelland. Hosted by the History Council of Victoria.

BECOME A "BANEFACTOR"

Become a benefactor for the ban by making a monthly contribution to ICAN Australia. This campaign is funded by a community of people who see the treaty as our best chance against our worst weapon. 

ACTION: GET YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL ON BOARD

Has your council declared their support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons? If not, urge them to pass a motion endorsing the ICAN Cities Appeal.

ACTION: GET YOUR SUPER FUND TO QUIT NUKES

Nuclear weapons are banned by the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Tell your super fund to quit nukes.

ACTION: GET THE POLLIES ONSIDE

Urge your parliamentarians to sign the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge and make a public statement this August. Check if they’ve already signed >

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