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Ideas and Events on the 75th Anniversary of the Nuclear Attacks on Japan in 1945

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

There will be intensive social media activity from next week onwards from across the world. Scottish CND, Scrap Trident and others will be adding a Scottish voice. Please share and repost if you can!

Here's a nice way to spread awareness of the anniversary. Scottish artist Stewart Bremner has drawn a 75th Anniversary frame for use on Facebook. To get it on your Facebook profile, click on your profile, click on update, click on Add Frame, in search put in "SCND 75 Hiroshima Nagasaki". Add it to your Twitter profile picture by visiting: https://twibbon.com/Support/remember-hiroshima-nagasaki

We aim to gather and share photos and ideally videos (in length between 20 and 60 seconds) of events on the 6th August for compiling and sharing out again, probably starting at the SCND meeting on the 9th August. So please send us yours to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linking to internationals via ICAN. Please ensure that you sign the pledge at the special ICAN anniversary page, rise.icanw.org to honour the Hibakusha, and check out loads of ideas and resources there. In particular, the stories from survivors of the attacks and an ICAN anniversary exhibition which you can download for use in your own locality.

EVENTS - MAINLY SCOTLAND:

Aberdeen CND will host an online event on the 6th August at 7:30pm, including a time of reflection, poems and music, followed by a talk by Rika Hirose, a Japanese national living in Scotland, and ending with a time of silent remembrance. Join this Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/99010995086?pwd=WmhHWGRyRG9vTjhVRFVtdjBQeVFaQT09 Meeting ID: 990 1099 5086 Password: 721039

Ayrshire CND will be issuing special online messages on the 6th and 9th contact Arthur West This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cromarty Peace Group will be hosting a commemoration event on the 6th August contact Judith McDonald This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dunbar There will be a vigil service for Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday 9th August at 2.30pm at the peace pole in the grounds of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Westport, Dunbar. To confirm this event call or email David Mumford in the week beginning 3rd August - 01368 840361 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edinburgh CND is encouraging people to put posters in their windows and will be hosting a Zoom meeting on the 6th August. 6 PM – 7 PM co-hosted by Edinburgh Stop the War with music from Penny Stone and speakers including Tommy Shepherd MP, Maggie Chapman of the Greens and Edinburgh Stop the War Check the Edinburgh CND Facebook page for update. Register for the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrd-CtrzgqHNabRuFohLhjSSAUUzMBbCek

Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre will host two events on 6th August.

Origami Peace Cranes workshop with Shoji Masuzawa from 10 to 11am. Via zoom. Please book on eventbrite to receive the link. https://edinburghorigamicranes.eventbrite.co.uk.

And at 7.30pm - The Priest's Tale featuring Michael Mears tells the story of Father Wilhelm, a German Jesuit priest living in Hiroshima at the time of the first atomic bombing. Streamed live from the theatre of London's Sands Film Studio with violin accompaniment by Chihiro Ono. (Free. Any donations will help raise funds for the P & J's peace cranes exhibition). Register to view on vimeo: https://peaceandjustice.org.uk/events/event/the-priests-tale/Both events will be available to view online afterwards.

Edinburgh Yes Hub 31 Lasswade Road, Edinburgh EH16 6TD will be hosting the ICAN 75th anniversary exhibition and will also be hosting a virtual meeting, check the Edinburgh Yes Hub facebook page for details or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faslane Peace Camp will hold a special vigil at 4 pm on the 6th August at the North Gate of Faslane Naval Base which will not involve any activity liable to lead to arrest. All welcome.

Glasgow CND is asking members and supporters to put signs in windows during the period from 3rd to 9th August. These can be very simple home-made messages such as ‘Hiroshima No More - Scrap Trident’, ‘No More Hiroshimas – Ban Nuclear Weapons’ or ‘Nukes Nae More – Support the TPNW’. There will be a commemoration event at noon on 6th August at the Peace Tree which is in the grounds of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, about 100 yards west of the main entrance. There will be strict social distancing. Face masks and hand wash will be available. Meet at the front entrance to the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. Speakers are Brian Quail, Iona Soper, Dan Haddow, plus poetry from Dove Tails.

Glasgow CND 2 p.m on Sunday 9th August

Courtesy of Aberdeen CND and the Aberdeen Social Centre we are using their Zoom account which is much more secure. It will be the same as using the free version of ZOOM except that you join the meeting room first and the administrator grants you access to the meeting. You need to ask the administrator before you speak and before you can share your screen. If you are using a PC or laptop all you need to do is click on this link :

https://zoom.us/j/93369891504?pwd=ZzNFVGxQVCsxNEQxR1E1NlkwM2k1QT09

The meeting ID is 933 6989 1504

The passcode is 727325.

With David Kelly of Glasgow CND as Chair and our three excellent speakers - Professor Lynn Jamieson, Chair SCND; Eric Chester,Chair of the Scottish Peace Network; and Emma Cockburn, Scottish Campaign Organiser for C.A.A.T - it will be a very interesting event with plenty time for you to ask questions.

Glasgow. Christian CND is proposing to replace a Peace Tree that they gifted to Victoria Park in Glasgow in the 1990s which had sadly been chopped down by accident. They are also launching a new statement on the bombings, and you can find out more here https://christiancnd.org.uk/2020/07/02/statement-on-bombing-of-hiroshima-and-nagasaki/

Renfrewshire CND will host a virtual meeting by Zoon on Thursday 6th August at 5pm (instead of usual meeting in the Paisley Peace Garden). To join this meeting email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   On Saturday 8th August at 12 - 1pm, there will be a Peace stall at Paisley Cenotaph in conjunction with the Scottish Peace Network, to call for the UK to comply with the UN Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.    

Peebles: Tweeddale Peace Group will gather on the north bank of the River Tweed in Peebles at 6pm on August 6th for a silent vigil; at 6.30 we’ll move to Tweed Bridge and drop  rose and flower petals into the river in memory of all those who died 75 years ago in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Please join us with petals (any river and bridge will do).

Stirling CND is inviting people to meet at 7 pm on Thursday 6th August at the Peace Garden, Pullar Memorial Park, Bridge of Allan. Physical Distancing protocols will apply - all welcome. For more info contact Kenneth Wardrop This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or visit Stirling CND Facebook page

Scottish CND will host an online event at 7 p.m. on the 9th of August. The focus will be on what we must do now to make the witness of the Hibakusha count in the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. Check the SCND Facebook page or Twitter for details on how to join the meeting.

Salisbury CND have made a short and moving film of commemoration - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBQ07ylZma4

Northern Friends Peace Board Hiroshima Day Meeting for Worship. Aug 6, 2020 15:30 Join Zoom:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81487446338?pwd=UXBzSjQvd3VHYkh0eERlTHJzY1pNUT09

Meeting ID: 814 8744 6338

Passcode: Sadako

Yorkshire CNDThe Bomb on My Back Sunday 9th August at 1pm

Guest speakers: Joseph Gerson (American Friends Services Committee) speaking about Sumiteru Taniguchi and Senji Yamaguchi, two survivors of the Nagasaki bombing and their lifelong commitment to the anti nuclear cause and Rieko Asato, Japan Council Against A&H Bombs speaking about the 2020 Peace Wave and report on the 2020 World Conference on A& H Bombs. Info and registration: Here

<https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bomb-on-my-back-tickets-112688079078>

Soka Gakkai in the UK Robert Harrap (SGI IK) speaking as part of an online event on Saturday 8th August between 10.00am and 12 noon, which also involves hibakusha Kyoko Gibson from Wales:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hiroshima-peace-day-tickets-113724386702

Fasting  A number of people will be sharing in the international fast, mostly at a personal and private level and some will be signing up to the international fast statement that has been a tradition for several years.The UK contact for Scots wanting to join this is marcwmorgan@btinternet.comor phone 07563 725829

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