From Now to the August Peace Event on Sunday, August 7: Help Write "The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Calls"
You've probably heard the story of Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes, about the young Japanese woman who survived the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast in 1945 but who later contracted leukemia, probably due to the radiation to which she was exposed. According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 paper cranes, your wish will be granted. Sadako succeeded in folding over 1,000 cranes as she battled leukemia, but her wish to live was not granted, and she died 10 months after her leukemia was first diagnosed.
Thursday, June 23, 4 PM: Interview with PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest First Place Winner and chapter president, Dr. Bill Durston,on Sacramento AIRS , KUBUFM 96.5
Sacramento AIRS host Charlene Jones interviews Jordan Hunter, the first place winner in this year's PSR/Sacramento high scholarship essay contest winner, regarding his outstanding essay about the words of the Dalai Lama, "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free."
Ms. Jones also interviews PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston regarding President Obama's recent trip to Hiroshima and PSR's efforts to stop further spending on our nuclear arsenal and instead work toward the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
Sunday August 7, 3:00-4:30 PM: August Peace Event, at the Social Hall of St. John's Lutheran Church, 1701 L St. in Sacramento
This annual event, which is co-sponsored by PSR/Sacramento, commemorates the 1945 Atomic Bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The featured speaker this year is the Honorable Tony de Brum, former Foreign Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Mr. de Brum currently leads an international campaign to force the nine nuclear armed nations to abide by international law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Doors open at 2:30. Admission is free but donations at the door are appreciated.
Saturday, August 20, 7:00-9:00 PM: Presentation about Asylum Seekers in Israel by Maayan Ravid, at Congregation Bnai Israel, 3600 Riverside Drive, in Sacramento
Maayan Ravid is an Israeli-American hybrid who has spent the last decade working on social justice issues in Israel, particularly focused on migration and minority rights.
Ms. Ravid will discuss issues surrounding African asylum seekers in Israel, including their legal status, rights in the state, and social action.
Ms. Ravid has been involved with grassroots organizing in Israel to improve the status of migrant communities from Ethiopia, Sudan, and Eritrea.
The event is co-sponsored by
the Adult Education Committee and the Israel Committee of Congregation B'nai Israel, and by The Israel Civil Voice Alliance.
Sunday, October 23: Save the date for the joint annual dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of the United Nations Association and PSR
This year's annual dinner will feature a keynoted address by Dr. Ira Helfand, vice-president of Internatinal Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
IPPNW launched the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in 2007 and now has more than 420 partner non-governmental organizations in 95 countries.
At a conference in Vienna in December, 2014, ICAN adopted a pledge to “stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.”
In December of 2015, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of adopting this pledge.
The United States was one of just 29 countries to vote against it.
IPPNW sent representatives to the UN Open Ended Working Group meeting in Geneva in May of 2016 to develop “legal measures, legal provisions and norms” for achieving a nuclear-weapon-free world.
OEWG, as it is called, was formed in 2015 and is supported by 138 nations, but opposed by 12, including the USA , which didn't send a representative to the meeting last month.
Between now and the October 23rd annual dinner , see the Nuclear Weapons and Militarism page of this website to learn how you can help write The Story of Sacramento and the 1,000 Phone Callsby calling President Obama and members of Congress and urging President Obama and our members of Congress to oppose any further spending on our nuclear arsenal and to instead work toward the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
Disclaimer: Events are listed based on their potential interest to PSR/Sacramento members, but the listing of an event that is not directly sponsored or organized by PSR/Sacramento does not necessarily represent endorsement of that event.