June 14, 2010

August 6, 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, a second nuclear bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

We invite all Northern California people of peace to participate in a commemoration at the gates of the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory.

At 8 AM on Friday, August 6, we will gather at the northwest corner of Livermore Lab, located at the intersection of Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road, in Livermore. (Take I-580 to the Vasco Road exit and go south.)

The program will feature Taiko drummers, speakers, including Norman Solomon, and musicians. Following the rally, we will march a short distance to the Livermore Lab’s West Gate, where those who choose will nonviolently risk arrest.

We will observe a moment of silence at 8:15 AM. It was then, the morning of August 6, 1945, that the Enola Gay dropped a uranium bomb over the city of Hiroshima and vaporized thousands in a flash. Thousands more died agonizing deaths in the days and months that followed. Still more have died and are dying each year of the lingering effects of radiation exposure.

We will gather at Livermore Lab in remembrance and to pledge “never again.” And, at the site where “new and modified” U.S. nuclear bombs are presently being developed, our physical presence will also proclaim our determination to achieve the genuine security of a nuclear weapons free world.

Our theme this year is “65: Time to retire nuclear weapons.” Join us to take a stand to eliminate these weapons — at Livermore Lab and around the globe.

For more information, www.trivalleycares.org.