Remember Hiroshima Nagasaki | A Walk to Build a Non-Violent World

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Na Mu Myo Ho Renge Kyo

By Jehann El-Bisi

 

A summary of the intention of the walk for community members of Smith College on the eve of Nagasaki Day.

“ Instead of hypothesizing potential enemies, let us hypothesize this world as a potential heaven. Instead of suspecting others as potential murderers, let us believe in the Buddha nature of others, that they are children of God. Instead of looking at others with contempt, let us hold mutual respect and venerate one another.”

 

-Most venerable: Nichidatsu Fujii-Founder, teacher Nipponzan Myohoji

Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

A Walk to Build a Non Violent World

August 2 to August 6

On a beautiful morning at the Leverett Peace Pagoda, walkers set out on a five day walk. On the morning of our first day, our prayers were shared and it was mentioned that an intention for the walk to acknowledge all forms of violence be recognized. We stated that the Boston Marathon tragedy be placed in a larger socio political context of American violence as exerted in rest of the world, particularly, most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. We culminated our walk arriving in Harvard Square in Boston to remember Hiroshima.

We walked carrying four critical messages that were shared with city officials and community members in Worcester, Watertown, Dorchester, Cambridge and Boston. The messages included:

  1. The introduction of H.R. 808 the Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2013 by Democratic representative Barbara lee of Oakland, CA. Lee states; “peacebuilding refers both to activities that target the root causes of violence as well as the broad measures used to prevent violent conflict and create sustainable peace.

She said, “This culture of violence that we live in is unacceptable. On our streets and across the globe, the pervasive presence of violence has infected the lives of millions, and it is far past time we address it as a nation…We invest hundreds of billions each year in the pentagon, in war colleges, military academies, and our national defense universities all to develop war tactics and strategies. Now we need that kind of investment in peace and non-violence here at home.”

  1. Resolution #56

Submitted by the Honorable Donald L. Plusquellic, Mayor of Akron Ohio

CALLING FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL ELIMINATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND REDIRECTION OF MILITARY SPENDING TO DOMESTIC NEEDS.

  1. Where as in April of 2009, President Barack Obama declared in Prague, “as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act.”

We presented: The petition to “Abolish Nuclear Weapons Now!” urging the United States to join in multilateral efforts to achieve the global elimination of nuclear weapons. The time is right. As [president Barack Obama] said in Berlin, “So long as nuclear weapons exist, we are not truly safe.”

  1. As presented from a sharing Learning The Hard Way: Reflections on the Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, as well as signing a letter to Governor Duval Patrick at the Old South Church in Boston, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

Where we quoted the governor as saying:

This community can heal if we turn to each other and not on each other.” We the Leverett Peace Pagoda requested that the people of Boston and the world, choose a different path of critical reflection, choosing love and not fear in our collective response to the tragedy. We spoke candidly of the violence inherent in a racist backlash for all Arab people, Arab Americans and specifically Muslim people of America and the world.

All of these issues and events are inextricably linked to what we remember on August 6 as Hiroshima Day and today on August 9 as Nagasaki day. We concluded our walk at the Premiere of the film;

HIBAKUSHA, OUR LIFE TO LIVE | A film of survival by David Rothauser

Creating a discussion: Article 9, A template for Peace

Featuring: Professor Akihiko Kimijima

And best quote, as it appeared on our walk:

“…We cannot repeat the sin.”

Abolish nuclear everything now. Please sign the petition for President Obama to attend the high level nuclear disarmament meeting at the UN on September 26, 2013. Thank you for your support to build a non violent world.

Na Mu Myo Ho Renge Kyo

Feb. 19: Ipswich to Salem

House of Peace

This morning the walk started off at the House of Peace in Ipswich Massachusetts.
We have had the pleasure of spending time with long time peace workers John and Carrie Schuchardt, founders of the House of Peace.

The House of Peace help make it possible for children suffering burns to get treatment at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Boston. The House of Peace hosts the families of the children while they are waiting for surgery.

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This morning as we left the walk our thoughts and prayers were with Tariq, a seven year old from Iraq who was going in for an eight hour surgery for facial reconstruction.

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Lunch

After the house of peace the walkers stopped for lunch at the UU church of Beverly where they were hosted warmly by local members of the congregation.

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Following a beautiful lunch and song by one of our hosts, Richard, the walk set out across for Salem.

Salem
About halfway across the bridge from Beverly to Salem the walk was met by several local families and activists, many from the Peace Commission.
It was a beautiful reception into the city, and the walk was met with joy, honks, peace signs, and waves.

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The first stop in Salem was at city hall to meet with Mayor Driscoll, a Mayor for Peace who has hosted the generously hosted the walk in the past.

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Walkers shared information about the walk with Mayor Driscoll, and she shared some of the ways that Salem is working toward renewable energy, including attempting to get windmills in the city, and converting a coal factory into a much smaller natural gas company.

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Charmaine spoke with Mayor Driscoll about the situation in South Dakota and its effect on her people, and ultimately all people.
She shared the draft bill that she and the Defenders of the Black Hills wrote.

This bill calls for a moratorium on all further uranium mining until all of the existing mines have been cleaned up.

The bill would also force uranium mining companies to be held responsible for clean up of any further or existing mines.

Uranium Exploration and Accountability Act 

This bill currently needs a sponsor.
Spread the word!
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The walk left the mayors office for the First Church, a Unitarian Universalist church in Salem.

First Church

The Peace Commission and Occupy Salem members welcomed the walk graciously and contributed in preparing a potluck and opening up a space for conversation on community action.

Following dinner Charmaine presented, “America’s Chernobyl” to the crowd.
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Charmaine will be with the walk for a few more days. Join us in Boston or on the Cape to hear the incredible story of America’s Secret Chernobyl, and what you can do to work for a nuclear free future.

CharmaineWF

Salem Peace Committee Walks for a New Spring