Thursday, August 10, 2006

Congress Hosts, CSPAN carried Our Nuke War Forum

I've been promoting the idea of doing a press conference or forum on nuclear war that would get media attention since April. It finally came together with the help of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee. The forum was shown twice on C-SPAN August 9th but may be carried again in August, since they do repeat shows. Check your local C-SPAN Schedules. We made our own tape and I'll put a short version on My Youtube.Com page soon.
The forum was held Wednesday, August 9, 2006 (the 61st anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki) at the Rayburn House Office Building, courtesy of the House Foreign Relations Committee. It was entitled "Consequences of US Nuclear Policy: from Hiroshima to Iran" and included graphic testimoney from Hiroshima and Nagsakai survivors as well as a scary 5 minute clip from the 1983 ABC made-for-tv movie THE DAY AFTER.
I was moderator and got my 2 cents in on a number of topics. Speakers included:
* Mr. Shotaro Kodama who survived the Hiroshima bombing and Mr. Kazuhiro Yoshimura who survived the Nagasaki bombing.
* Nickolas Roth, incoming Director of Research and Advocacy for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation who spoke on U.S. nuclear strategies that could lead to disastrous consequences of a nuclear attack.
* Michele Boyd, Legislative Director for Critical Mass' Energy Program who spoke about connections between nuclear weapons and power and relevant upcoming legislation.
* Simin Royanian, of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran who spoke about the Iranian people's fear of a nuclear attack and the many deaths that would result.

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