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SETSUKO THURLOW MAKES IMPASSIONED PLEA IN VIDEO new

An atomic bomb survivor residing in Toronto, Canada has made a video in which she describes her experiences. Setsuko Thurlow, 82, who has recounted her story in English over the years, recorded the video on November 17 at the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims in the city’s Naka Ward. Recalling her post-war experiences, Ms. Thurlow talked about the discrimination that A-bomb survivors faced and the call for the abolition of nuclear weapons that she has continued to make overseas, where there is little interest in the A-bombing. “It’s important for each person to take action to ensure that no inhumane weapons are left to the next generation,” she said emphatically….
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Setsuko Thurlow stresses the inhumanity of nuclear weapons

GRANDDAUGHTER OF MANHATTAN PROJECT SCIENTIST VISITS JAPAN new

Olivia Fermi, 57, the granddaughter of Enrico Fermi (1901-54), a scientist involved in the Manhattan Project which developed the atomic bombs, has paid her first visits to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The purpose of her trip was to view her grandfather’s “achievements” from a different perspective. In Hiroshima, she was invited to the home of Toshiko Tanaka. Ms. Tanaka, 76, is a resident of Higashi Ward and a cloisonné artist who has made earnest efforts to share her experience of the atomic bombing in other countries. Ms. Fermi and Ms. Tanaka exchanged their thoughts on peace….
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Olivia Fermi listens to Toshiko Tanaka share her experiences

UNODA UPDATE: HIBAKUSHA STORIES WORKSHOP AT THE UN new

“Teaching Hiroshima and Nagasaki” a workshop on nuclear disarmament for New York City high school teachers was held on 4 November 2014 at United Nations Headquarters. This is the third consecutive year such a workshop was held on Election Day when teachers at New York City Public Schools are given a day to participate in continuing education activities. Since 2012, Hibakusha Stories in collaboration with Peace Boat and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) organized a workshop on nuclear disarmament at United Nations Headquarters…
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WITH LOVE: TO HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI: A CONCERT FOR DISARMAMENT, MAY 2, 2015 new

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NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION MODULE: Nov. 10, 2014 new

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HIBAKUSHA TESTIMONIES AT THE UN

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Peace Boat & Hibakusha Stories presented Hibakusha Testimonies from April 28 to May 1, 2014 from 8 AM to 8 PM each day. The landmark event took place at the United Nations Headquarters, First Floor, in New York City.

JAPAN SOCIETY LIVE-STREAMING EVENT ON APRIL 29

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More than 69 years have passed since President Harry S. Truman authorized the use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Two survivors, Ms. Reiko Yamada, survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and Mr. Michio Hakariya, survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, share their reflections, remembrances and personal testimonies with Truman’s grandson, Mr. Clifton Truman Daniel. Mr. Daniel recounted his own journey toward understanding this event, including encounters with survivors during recent trips to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Invited high school groups were at Japan Society to hear these eyewitness accounts and reflected on the events that shape their own personal narratives. Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki, and Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima were among the guests.

UN LAUNCHES PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MOBILIZING ACTION FOR DISARMAMENT

Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do, a UN publication authored by Hibakusha Stories Director Kathleen Sullivan and Peter Lucas, is launched with actor Michael Douglas, UN High Representative for the Office for Disarmament Affairs and students from NYC iSchool.

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“Your deeds will have an impact…be the new leaders of change,” United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas urged today during an event launching the book.

Written for high school and early-college students, Action for Disarmament offers practical steps to help young people mobilize, act and promote the UN’s disarmament ideals throughout their schools, communities and beyond.

“This book is a call to action, to create a world where people of goodwill and instruments of peace prevail over weapons of war,” said Mr. Douglas, an Academy Award winning actor and producer, who launched the book at UN Headquarters in New York alongside High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, and the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi.
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Nicholas Sulis, Roger Pena, and Kirk Pressley from the NYC iSchool launch the book Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do! with a rap dedicated to Hibakusha Stories Fellow Yasuaki Yamashita

Statement by United Nations Messenger of Peace, Michael Douglas at the special event to launch a book entitled Action for Disarmament: 10 Things You Can Do!

SYMPOSIUM: HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI

Hibakusha Stories participated in the annual Truman Legacy Symposium, the first ever to address his decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Little White House in Key West, FL, presented the symposium Hiroshima & Nagasaki in the Truman Annex on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Harry Truman’s Grandson and A Bomb Survivors discussed nuclear weapons and what they mean today. Invited guests included Setsuko Thurlow, Yasuaki Yamashita, Clifton Truman Daniel, and Kathleen Sullivan.

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THE DIRTY SECRETS OF ROCKY FLATS

Photo Tim Hawkin/Freshwater PhotosKristen Iversen writes about the legacy of Colorado’s nuclear plant is radioactive waste—and public distrust of government, adapted from Ms. Iversen’s book Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. Kristen writes:

At the top of the hill behind our house stands the Arvada cemetery. The year 1863 is etched in a stone marker at the entrance. The cemetery works like a magnet. As soon as our mother puts us out into the yard for the afternoon—just like the kids and grandkids on
the family farm back in Iowa, who were expected to fend for themselves for the day—my sisters and I scramble over the fence and head for the hill. We trek across the field behind the row of backyards and through the old apple orchard and get up to the creek, where we balance a flat plank across the shallow, sluggish water and tiptoe across…
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AT THE 2ND CONFERENCE ON THE HUMANITARIAN IMPACT
OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Hibakusha Stories Program Director, Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, and her colleague Akira Kawasaki of Peace Boat, helped to coordinate the participation of hibakusha at the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons held February 13 and 14th, 2014 in Nayarit, Mexico.  Hibakusha Stories fellows Setsuko Thurlow and Yasuaki Yamashita were among five atomic bomb survivors who spoke to the delegates.

“Nayarit is a point of no return,” concluded the Chair of the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held from 13–14 February in Nayarit, Mexico. In his summary of the meeting, he called for the development of new international standards on nuclear weapons, including a legally-binding instrument. The time has come, he argued, for a diplomatic process to reach this goal, within a specified timeframe. He called for this process to conclude by the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. READ MORE >>

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COMMON CORE ALIGNMENT

Hibakusha Stories has spent the last six years visiting schools of every sort throughout the United States. In that time, we have refined the way we customize and co-create curriculum. Within each curriculum there are opportunities for choice and differentiation. What remains the same is the reading and writing across a variety of texts in order to develop and communicate expertise. The purpose is personal empowerment and the chance to effect change.

Students are genuinely motivated, learn better and more deeply because learning takes place in a compelling context.  The Hibakusha Stories staff is available for continuous coaching and feedback throughout each project-based unit. READ MORE

MAY 14-20, 2014
Key West, FL

TRUMAN LEGACY SYMPOSIUM

MAY 14-20, 2014
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Clifton DanielSince 2002, The Harry S. Truman Little White House and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum has hosted annual symposia on an aspect of the Truman presidency. Hibakusha Stories collaborated with the Truman Library to help organize the 12th annual Truman Legacy Symposium in May of 2014 at the Little White House in Key West, Florida.  For the first time, the symposium focused on President Truman’s decision to use atomic weapons in war.  As part of our week-long program in Key West, Hibakusha Stories offered in-class testimony to high school students, as well as public events to highlight differing view points on the decision to use nuclear weapons, one of the most contentious aspects of the Truman Presidency.

NYC iSCHOOL’S NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION PSAs

The NYC iSchool’s Nuclear Proliferation Module investigated the science and ethical issues revolving around nuclear energy. Student Focus Groups addressed one of the following topics: Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Disarmament, and Nuclear Deterrence. The following Public Service Announcements are the final products resulting from student research.