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Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project via CORE

Nagasaki-Hanford Bridge Project: Joining the Victims of Production and Use of Nuclear Weapons

 

Consequences of Radiation Exposure (CORE), a Washington State nonprofit, is planning a historic mission by a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb to meet with people living near the Hanford Site, where the plutonium for that bomb was produced. The radiation released by the detonation over Nagasaki and from plutonium production in Hanford have resulted in cancers and a host of disabling illnesses among survivors in both locations. In order to make this meeting a reality, we ask you to make a donation of any size to help us build on a $3000 grant provided by the City of Nagasaki to support this mission of peace.

 

What makes this meeting vital? The average Nagasaki survivor (hibakusha) is now over 80 years old. This is likely to be the last chance for a hibakusha to travel to Hanford, where plutonium was produced from World War II throughout the Cold War, contaminating workers as well as downwind, downstream communities. Real-time, face-to-face sharing of personal stories in public fora and classroom settings represents an unparalleled opportunity to educate minds and hearts about the devastating human toll of exposure to ionizing radiation that continues to haunt people on both sides of the Pacific.

 

We are working with Professors Shampa Biswas and Jason Pribilsky of Whitman College in Walla Walla and World Citizens for Peace, based in Richland, to organize venues for this visit. Fallout released from Hanford made Walla Walla a geographic radioactive “hot spot,” while  Richland is the town closest to Hanford. We also hope to coordinate with artist Glenna Cole Allee for her installation project including photographs of the Hanford Site and sound collages of interviews with impacted Hanford downwinders, including scientists, workers,  and Native Americans. Additionally, we will organize screenings of Japanese documentarian Hitomi Kamanaka’s 2003 work, Hibakusha at the End of the World, which draws together post-Gulf War Iraq, Hanford, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima. Finally, we will work with journalists and social media to share the fruits of this mission. We believe this is of special importance at this time when, once again, we are surrounded by alarming talk of potential nuclear war.

 

The $3K will be applied to the hibakusha’s journey from Nagasaki-Tokyo-Seattle and back. We are asking you to help us raise an additional $3K to cover hotel stays, meals, incidentals, including travel health insurance for the hibakusha as well as the graduate student volunteering to accompany him from Nagasaki, costs for the installation artist, and travel for the mission organizers.

 

Please support this important mission by making a tax-deductible contribution at https://www.paypal.me/COREHanford.

 

You can also send your donation as a check made out to CORE to CORE/ c/o 3711 47th Pl NE, Seattle, WA 98105. And please send this appeal to friends whom you think might be interested. For more information, please contact Norma Field at norma.field@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Trisha Pritikin (CORE president; attorney, downwinder, and author of the forthcoming book, The Plaintiffs: Hanford Downwind)

 

Yuki Miyamoto (CORE board member, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University, author of Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima and second-generation hibakusha)

 

Norma Field (CORE board member, professor emerita, University of Chicago; researcher and teacher on the global nuclear age with current focus on Fukushima)

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