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75th Anniversary, Nagasaki Day Plea for Peace in front of Basilica of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral

August 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic incineration of Hiroshima, the U.S. dropped its second nuclear bomb, code-named “Fat Man”, on Nagasaki, Japan, killing an estimated 40,000 people, and thousands more from the delayed effects of radiation poisoning. Often called the “forgotten nuclear city”, Nagasaki, at the time, was the largest Christian population throughout all of Asia. Ground zero for the second bombing was the St. Mary’s Urakami Cathedral.

Nagasaki Day (Sunday, August 9), at 6p.m., gather in front of the Basilica of SS Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Cathedral, 18th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, PA. From there, in memory of the world’s second act of nuclear terrorism, we will send out a plea for peace, an end to war and nuclear weapons; and for justice, an end to hatred and white supremacy.

We will stand or sit, socially distanced, amidst an actual nuclear warhead casing, large banners and posters, and pictorials of the aftermath of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  Incense will be lit in memory of all victims of war, racism, and nuclear weapons.  There will be readings and the ringing of a bell of peace 75 times in support of the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty.
Participants are required to wear a mask. Plans are contingent on often changing public health precautions and the unpredictability of the Covet – 19 pandemic. Please check with the Brandywine Peace Community website calendar the day before the plea for peace.

The time has come to abolish nuclear nuclear weapons.

On July 7, 2017 –- following a decade of advocacy by International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and its partners -– an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known officially as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It will enter into legal force once 50 nations have signed and ratified it.

The treaty was negotiated at the United Nations headquarters in New York in March, June and July 2017, with the participation of more than 135 nations, as well as members of civil society. It opened for signature on 20 September 2017. It is permanent in nature, and will be legally binding on those nations that join it.

All nine nuclear armed nations abstained from the treaty’s adoption.  The United States along with Russia possesses 90% of existing nuclear weapons.

SUPPORT the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, http://www.icanw.org/the-treaty .

Sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community.  

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– Book of Deuteronomy

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August 9, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Brandywine Peace Community


Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral Basilica
18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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