Sunday, January 27, 2019

Stand with the Atomic Bomb Survivors: Hibakusha Appeal to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Monday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Copley Square

Dear Nuclear Disarmament and Faith Communities teams,
Formerly Boston-based, now Hiroshima-based, young disarmament activist Mary Popeo will speak at Community Church Monday evening about the Hibakusha Appeal to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.  

Mary and  Christian will be in town the whole week and if there is interest in organizing another gathering, please reply.   (Additionally, note a talk by James Carroll at BU on Tuesday afternoon:

Stand with the Atomic Bomb Survivors: Hibakusha Appeal to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

Monday, January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Copley Square

No More Nagasakis

Mary Popeo
Mary Popeo
In what may be their last large effort to eliminate nuclear weapons, the atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have united to gather millions of endorsements from people like you!  To date, they have gathered 8 million!
Mary Popeo and Christian Ciobanu, two young activists, will tell you about the Appeal and how you can get involved!
Sponsored by PEAC Institute, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Veterans for Peace, Memory Productions, and International Physicials for the Prevention of Nuclear War

About Mary Popeo and Peace Culture Village
To introduce Mary properly I think it’s fitting to first introduce Steve Leeper, former U.S. Assistant to  the Mayor of Hiroshima who founded the world wide peace initiative, Mayors for Peace.  With Steve, Mary is the co-founder of Peace Culture Village in Hiroshima. Together they are collaborating with Japanese Hibakusha in the monumental movement, HIBAKUSHA APPEAL TO END NUCLEAR WEAPONS NOW! 
Hibakusha groups in Japan have come together in a united front to gather a billion signatures world-wide to once and for all end the threat of nuclear war. This is no idle daydream. The hibakusha, long devoted to the abolition of nuclear weapons, are in their 80’s and 90’s. Their time is running short. They realize their power and have united as never before in a major push to reach their goal.
I can’t stress enough how powerful this particular movement is and how its success may impact on the future of world peace for generations to come.
The energy is there. The momentum is building day by day, hour by hour. The hibakusha, after 72 years of suffering, will not be denied.  They have already gathered 7 million signatures.
 – David Rothauser

Steve has spent about half of his 70 years in Japan. In both countries he has worked as a counselor (10 years), management consultant (14 years), translator (30 years) and peace activist (18 years). He suspects that he has translated, edited and interpreted more atomic bomb victim testimonies than anyone in the world, other than his wife, Elizabeth. From 2002 to 2007, he was the US representative for Mayors for Peace. From 2007-2013 he was chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the peace and international relations arm of the city of Hiroshima. He is a visiting professor at Hiroshima Jogakuin University and Nagasaki University. He has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from West Georgia University. His books include Hiroshima Resolution (in Japanese and English), Nihon ga Sekai wo Suku and Amerikajin ga tsutaeru Hiroshima (both in Japanese only). 

Mary Popeo
As a student at Boston College, Mary had two opportunities to visit Japan. During her trips, she conducted independent research on Hiroshima, interviewed 25 people familiar with nuclear issues, interned at the World Friendship Center, participated in the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, and helped organize the YMCA’s International Youth Peace Seminar. Returning to Boston profoundly influenced, Mary began volunteering with organizations like the American Friends Service Committee and Global Zero. In 2015, she participated in the Japan Council Against A & H Bomb’s annual Peace March as an international youth relay marcher, walking from Okayama to Hiroshima to spread awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons. Her dream was to move to Hiroshima, and after hearing about PCV she was determined to live there.

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Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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To: joan ecklein <>, Eileen Kurkoski <>, Marie-Louise Jackson-Miller <>, Ausra Kubilius <>, Paula Sharaga <>, Paul Shannon <>, Cole Harrison <>, David ROTHAUSER <>, Guntram Mueller <>, Dean Stevens <>, Tilly Texeira <

Please see information on Mary Popeo's availability in late January and early Feb. I am hoping we might be willing to host a joint sponsored event.


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From: Mary Popeo <>
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
Subject: Hibakusha Appeal
To: Virginia Pratt <>
Cc: Christian Ciobanu <>

Hi Virginia,

I hope you had a restful holiday! My colleague Christian and I will be in Boston from January 28 through February 2 to organize and speak about the Hibakusha Appeal! Let me know if WILPF might be available to speak with us somewhere in the time period mentioned above.

Thanks, and I hope to meet you soon.


Not one step back

Cole Harrison
Executive Director
Massachusetts Peace Action - the Commonwealth's largest grassroots peace organization
11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-2169 w
617-466-9274 m
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