Oregon PSR’s Peace Program organizes an annual memorial event in Portland to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We work with our community partners to remember the victims of nuclear weapons, to educate the public regarding the dangers of nuclear weapons today, and to involve our community in the nuclear weapons abolition movement.
On August 6th and 9th of 1945, the United States dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 200,000 civilians were killed in these attacks, and countless survivors suffer from the effects of the bombings to this day. In 2008, studies of survivors and their offspring reveal conclusive DNA genetic changes and malformations.
Aside from the physical injury and radiation, the most significant effect of the bombings was the sheer terror which they struck into the citizens of these bombed cities. Such terror was etched forever onto the bodies and minds of the persons who experienced it. Learn more about the bombings and their aftermath.
Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction, and they represent a morally unacceptable technology. Today, the U.S. nuclear stockpile contains more than 2,400 megatons of destructive capability, the equivalent to 159,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs.
Oregon PSR urges the United States’ government to take the lead in world peace efforts, to dramatically reduce our nuclear weapons stockpile in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970, and to join the global community in efforts to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide.
The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not just Japan’s, but the world’s. In much the same way as technologies such as chemical and biological weapons are prohibited under international law, so, too, should nuclear weapons be. It is the responsibility of all nations to prevent another nuclear disaster, and we encourage our own nation to take the lead in these efforts.