Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nevada: Japanese A-Bomb Survivors Reception

Nevada Desert Experience
1420 West Bartlett Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
702.646.4814
http://www.nevadadesertexperience.org/
Interfaith Resistance to Nuclear Weapons and War

RECEPTION AND PEACE VIGIL IN HONOR OF DELEGATION FROM THE JAPAN COUNCIL AGAINST ATOMIC AND HYDROGEN BOMBS (GENSUIKYO)
CONTACT:
Jim Haber, NDE Coordinator
702.646.4814 (office), 415.828.2506 (mobile)

Wednesday, May 5, 6:30 pm
Reception at the Atomic Testing Museum for Genusikyo Delegation
755 E Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.794.5144
Light refreshments will be available. A set of short presentations will begin around 7:00 pm.
Interviews with delegation members will be available starting at 6:00 pm.
Thursday, May 6, 8:30 am to 9:30 am
Peace Vigil outside Las Vegas Federal Courthouse, 333 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
The Gensuikyo delegation will join the the weekly peace vigil outside the federal courthouse on
Las Vegas Blvd. They will then go to the Mercury entrance to the Nevada Test Site and will
meet with members of the Western Shoshone Nation there and at the Temple to Goddess
Spirituality in Cactus Springs.
BACKGROUND:
Several thousand people from Japan are visiting the United States on the occasion of the
Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations throughout the
month of May including 1500 members of Gensuikyo. Eighty of them, including several
Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) are coming to Las Vegas. Like their compatriots visiting other
cities, they want to speak with people about the need for a swift and total ban on, and the
elimination of, nuclear weapons; also the need for people to support and have solidarity with
Hibakusha (victims of A- and H- bomb attacks and testing). They are promoting an Appeal for
a Nuclear Weapon-Free World.
The Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs (Gensuikyo) was established in
September 1955. Since then it has waged various kinds of campaigns for: the prevention of
nuclear war; the total ban on and the elimination of nuclear weapons; and support and solidarity
with Hibakusha (victims of the atomic bombing). Yayoi Tsuchida, assistant general secretary of
Gensuikyo, will be leading their delegation in Las Vegas.
The Atomic Testing Museum is donating their space for the May 5 reception. Organized by
Nevada Desert Experience along with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, the Las Vegas
Catholic Worker, and the Temple to Goddess Spirituality.
Coordinating Committee
Ming San Lai, Chair
Sacramento, CA
Johnnie L. Bobb
Austin, NV
Dr. Bonnie Bobb
Austin, NV
National Council
Janet Chisolm
Bangor, PA
Chelsea Collonge
Albuquerque, NM
Alan Edmonson
Pleasant Hill, CA
JoAnn Yoon Fukumoto
Pearl City, HI
Bishop Thomas
Gumbleton
Detroit, MI
Joe Kennedy
Dyer, NV
Marcus Page
Albuquerque, NM
Claudia Peterson
St. George, UT
Anne Symens-Bucher
Oakland, CA
Louis Vitale, OFM
Oakland, CA
Staff
Jim Haber
Coordinator
Megan Rice, SHCJ
Assistant
Gary Cavalier
Bookkeeper

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