On the 68th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace will host a peace walker from Japan and an evening with three distinguished speakers, each offering visions for a nuclear-free future.
On Saturday, August 3 through Friday, August 9 the Reverend Gyosen Sawada of Nipponzan Myoho-ji Temple will walk for peace from Vandenberg Air Force Base to the gates of Diablo Canyon, where he will fast and vigil August 7-9. Community members are welcome to join him on any segment of his journey, are encouraged to join all or part of the Peace Walk. The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 3 –Walk begins 8-8:15am. He plans to walk 16 miles each day and will spend the first two nights at the Guadalupe Catholic Worker House.
Sunday, August 4 and Monday, August 5 – The walk continues.
Tuesday, August 6, on Hiroshima Day – Community members are invited to join Rev. Sawada in front of San Luis Obispo City Hall at 8 am for a moment of prayer and brief remarks. The walk continues at 8:30 am, arriving at the gates of Diablo Canyon early evening when Rev. Sawada will begin a three-day Fast for Peace.
Friday, August 9, on Nagasaki Day – Rev. Sawada will fast and vigil at Diablo Canyon from 8am-12pm.
On Friday night, August 9, a Commemoration will take place from 7pm – 9pm at the Steynberg Gallery, located at 1531 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo. There will be three speakers at this commemoration event.
Reverend Gyosen Sawada will share his views on the connection between nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Chikako Nishiyama, a former government official from Fukushima Prefecture, had survived the earthquake and tsunami. She has become a vocal opponent of nuclear energy. Cecile Pineda will read from her powerful and poetic book, Devil’s Tango: How I Learned The Fukushima Step by Step.
Donations to support the work of Mothers for Peace will be welcomed. For more information about the Peace Walk and related events, contact Sherry Lewis at (805) 503-9022 or firstname.lastname@example.org