70th Anniversary Commemorations:
August 6, and August 9, 2015 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the World War II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. Thousands of people perished in the atomic bombings and others suffered and continue to suffer from radiation poisoning, including our own downwinders. In keeping with our mission, UCAN is planning some memorable events to mark this anniversary and to garner support for ending this nuclear madness. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. More details will be forthcoming:
- Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:00 pm at The Main City Library — Screening of the new documentary film, Downwinders focusing on those who were exposed from radiation fallout from tests conducted at the Nevada Test Site, in conjunction with The Utah Film Center.
- Friday, August 7, 2015, 7:00 pm at The Art Access Gallery – The Day After Project, poetry reading and literary salon inspired by the devastation of nuclear weapons, in conjunction with Art Access.
- Sunday, August 9, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at The Rose Wagner Theatre — Script-In-Hand Series reading of Mary Dickson’s play EXPOSED inspired by what happened to unsuspecting populations as a result of atomic testing, in conjunction with Plan-B Theatre Company.
- Sunday, January 27, 2013, 3:00 PM, First Baptist Church, 777 South, SLC, UT. Second Annual Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. The event was free and open to the public. An Interfaith service, featuring music, prayers and remembrances was held to honor the sacrifices of Utah Downwinders. Liturgy was offered by Pastor Steve Klemz, Imam Muhammed Mehtar, Pastor Curtis Price and Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman. Music was provided by the First Unitarian Church Choir. Participants lit candles and shared stories and remembrances of those affected by the nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. After the program, participants signed letters to our Utah Senators urging their support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This international treaty would ensure that the harm experienced by Utah citizens and communities from nuclear fall-out will not happen again. Fellowship and light refreshments concluded the event attended by over 50 people.
- Monday, June 24, 2013, 7:00 PM, Jean Wagner Theatre, 138 W 300 S, SLC, UT. A Staged Reading of the play “REYKJAVIK” in conjunction with Plan-B Theatre. The event was free and open to the public, but tickets were required. REYKJAVIK by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, dramatizes the iconic two day meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland in October 1986 between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. During the meeting the leaders of the two nuclear super powers came very close to abolishing all nuclear weapons. While failing short of that goal, the Reykjavik summit did slow the arms race and led to other important nuclear disarmament efforts. The part of Reagan was read by Robert Scott Smith and the part of Gorbachev was read by Jason Tatom, Jerry Rapier, directed. Following the play, a post-show discussion with the playwright was moderated by Mary Dickson. Earier in the day, Doug Fabrizio interviewed Richard Rhodes and featured the event on his Radio West program.
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:00 PM, The City Library, 210 E 400 S, SLC, UT. Special Film Screening of the Opera, Dr. Atomic, in conjunction with the Utah Film Center and the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. The event was free and open to the public The modern opera focuses on J. Robert Oppenheimer and the experiments that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. July 16, 2013 was the 68th anniversary of the first atomic test, Trinity, conducted in secret in New Mexico. The date of the showing and the first atomic test,Trinity.
- Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7:00 PM, Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, SLC, UT. A Work-in-Progress Film Screening of THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD in commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6, 1945, the United States bombed the city of Hiroshima followed three days later with the bombing of the city of Nagasaki. While the real mortality rates from the atomic bombs dropped on Japan will never be known, it is estimated that 80,000 people died immediately in Hiroshima and 40,000 people in Nagasaki with tens of thousands more dying later from radiation exposure. These two events are the only use of nuclear weapons in war to date. However, as the film will reveal, the threat of a nuclear holocaust is ever present as long as these weapons of mass destruction remain on high alert. The feature documentary film focuses on Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. The film dramatically demonstrates how precarious our world has become in the nuclear age, and how our own belief in humanity, a shared belief in each other, is the hope which we must foster in order to survive and thrive. The event was presented in conjunction with the Utah Film Center and was free and open to the public.
- Saturday, September 14, 2013, 1:00 pm ($6 online) and 6:30 pm ($8 online) at the Salt Lake County Sheriff Department Building Auditorium, 3365 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84119 (From I-15, exit at 3300 South, head west for about one mile.) Special Film Screening of GATE, A TRUE STORY, supported in conjunction with the Global Nuclear Disarmament Fund, JACL Salt Lake Chapter, and Matsumoto City, Japan. The film narrated by Steven Seagal highlights the story of monks walking on foot for 1600 miles in the middle of a hot summer to demonstrate the menace of nuclear weapons. In addition, the film includes interviews with Japanese Hibakusha and American Downwinders.
- Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00 PM, Salt Lake City Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, SLC UT. Author Ward Wilson discussed his new book, Five Myths about Nuclear Weapons. Wilson was one of the featured authors at the 16th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival. Free and open to the public.
- Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:00 PM, Episcopal Church Center, 75 S 200 E, SLC, UT. Author Ward Wilson met with members of UCAN and HEAL Utah.
- Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm, Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E 3300 S, SLC Third Annual Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. An Interfaith Service honoring Downwinders. was held on Janurary 27th to mark the 63rd anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test in Nevada. Participants lit candles and shared their stories of the sacrifices of Downwinders and their families. Liturgy was offered by Rev. Steve Klemz, Priest Satish Kumar, and Rev. Jean Schwein. Participants signed letters in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to Senators Hatch and Lee. Fellowship and light refreshments followed. The event was free and open to the public.
- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Pizza and Politics in the Hinckley Institute Caucus Room and 2:20-3:45 p.m. in the Library Auditorium, UVU. Presentations by Matthew McKinzie, Senior Scientist, Nuclear Program with the National Resources Defense Council: “Nuclear Deterrence in President Obama’s United States and in President Putin’s Russia: Echoes from the Cold War and Unfinished Business.” Matthew McKinzie holds a PhD in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Pennsylvania. As a graduate student performing research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Matthew first became interested in finding solutions to the problems posed by nuclear weapons. Before joining NRDC’s Nuclear Program in 1997, Matthew was a postdoctoral associate at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University where he was first introduced to public policy work. At NRDC, Matthew has focused his advocacy in the areas of nuclear power and the consequences of nuclear accidents, non-proliferation and arms control. His first major project for NRDC was to perform computer simulations of the US nuclear war plan–research that introduced him to Geographic Information Systems or GIS. Since 2005 Matthew has also been on the staff of NRDC’s Lands and Wildlife Program where he has applied GIS to NRDC’s work on the impacts of oil and gas extraction on wilderness and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain region and utility-scale renewable energy in the US West. Matthew is married to Dr. Esther Schwartz-McKinzie and they have two children, Noah and Sarah.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:00 pm, Millcreek Community Center, 2266 E. Evergreen Avenue (3400 South)United Nations Association of Utah, General Meeting Presentation:The Current State of Nuclear Disarmament. Speakers: Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham with Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN)The presentation focused on the importance of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995. The three-pillar system of the treaty, which includes: 1) non-proliferation, 2) disarmament, and 3) the right to peacefully use nuclear technology, will be examined in terms of how it applies to current events. The current disarmament efforts of the non-nuclear states were also be highlighted. In addition, an overview of all the current treaties dealing with nuclear weapons will be provided.Gail Blattenberger and Chriss Meecham are both active members of the Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (UCAN). Interestingly, they met at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site while participating in Millennium 2000: Walking the Ways of Peace sponsored by the Nevada Desert Experience.Gail Blattenberger has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and is a Professor Emeritus having retired from the University of Utah. Gail taught econometrics, environmental economics and macroeconomics. In 1968 Gail spent a year working as a data clerk in the United Nations building in New York. Since 1993, Gail has been an English tutor at the Guadalupe Center in Salt Lake City, teaching adults basic English skills. Gail has been in involved in the civil rights movement and peace movements since the 1960′s.Before retiring Chriss Meecham worked in human resource development for over twenty years. She also taught High School English. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University and more recently studied Philosophy at the University of Utah. Chriss has been an active volunteer since moving to Salt Lake City. She is currently a reading tutor at Mountain View Elementary. Top on her bucket list is Ridding the World of Nuclear Weapons.
Tuesday,August 12, 2014, 7 pm @ SLC Main Library, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT. Science Movie Night and Commemoration of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
GODZILLA: The Japanese Original, Directed by Ishirô Honda
Widely recognized as one of the greatest monster movies ever made, GODZILLA (a.k.a. Gojira) is celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary with a newly restored version of the film. Made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from the effects of a nuclear attack, the movie’s radioactive, rampaging beast is the embodiment of an entire populations fears as well as an icon of destruction that spawned almost 30 sequels. Following the screening, Dr. Nicola Barber from the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center will discuss mutation and the genetic implications of radiation exposure. She’ll also highlight some interesting organisms that, like Godzilla, are remarkably resistant to radiation or have adapted to use radiation as a source of energy.Presented in partnership with Utah Museum of Natural History, Utah Film Center and Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
- Friday, September 26, 2014 6pm @ Sugar House Park, Fabian Pavilion, , Salt Lake City, UT. Beat the Bomb: AFRICAN and TAIKO DRUMMING
The First International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was celebrated with drumming and dancing at the Fabian Pavilion in the Sugar House Park despite threatening weather. Established by the United Nations General Assembly, the aim of the day was to enhance ‘public awareness and education about the threat posed to humanity by nuclear weapons and the necessity for their total elimination, in order to mobilize international efforts towards achieving the common goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.’ The resolution establishing the day also calls for the immediate start of multilateral negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention – a global treaty to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons – and decides to hold a high level United Nations conference no later than 2018 to review and enhance progress. Participants were invited to sign postcards to President Obama asking him to send a delegation to the Third Humanitarian Conference in Vienna in December 2014.
Presented in partnership with the Gandhi Alliance for Peace, United Nations Association of Utah and the Utah campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
- Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7:00-8:30 pm, Zions Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1070 Foothill Drive, SLC Fourth Annual Day of Remembrance for Downwinders. An Interfaith Service honoring Downwinders will held on Janurary 27th to mark the 64th anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test in Nevada. The evening will feature musical numbers and heartfelt sharing. Participants will be invited to light candles and share their stories of the sacrifices of Downwinders and their families. Rev. Steve Klemz will host the service. Participants will be asked to sign letters in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to Senators Hatch and Lee. Fellowship and light refreshments will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
- The Day After: Poems of Peace, Provocation , and Witness. Poetry writing workshop with local poet Meg Day. Saturdays, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p..m. The Art Access Workshop Space at 230 S 500 W, #110 in Salt Lake City Can poetry change the future by closely examining the past? What is the responsibility of the poet? Over the course of four Saturdays, we will explore the possibilities of peace and delve into the healing potential of the spoken and written word. There is a reason that poetry is read and written more often in times of crisis. Together, we will discuss what gives poetry its potency and use our undeniably varied versions of history to visualize a more peaceful future.