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The Anti-War Movement

Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Anti-War Movement
In a situation where many people would withdraw into privacy, Cindy Sheehan grieved for her son very publicly. After his death in Iraq, she became one of the most well-known faces of the movement against the war. Later, she made headlines again by stepping away from the movement. Now, 6 years later, her activism continues. We’ll speak with her and historians this Wednesday about the effectiveness of anti-war protests, and Sheehan’s personal experiences in activism.

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Dozens Rally For Peace In Iran

Iran-005Several dozen Iranians and local residents of all nationalities filled Thomas Merton Square in downtown Louisville for a peace vigil today.

Dressed mostly in green, the group waved flags and held signs in support of a fair presidential election and an end to the violent crackdown on demonstrators in Iran.

Kamran Djavid says the massive protests in his home country have been brewing for years.

“Iranians are better than the government they have and they don’t appreciate being labeled terrorists and so forth,” he says. “Actually, if it was up to them, they’d be one of the most progressive peoples in the world.”

Djavid says he’s pleased with the media coverage of the Iranian protest and the outpouring of support he’s seen locally. He says there’s ample support for more vigils in Louisville, but he’s not sure when, or if, they will happen.

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Louisville Peace Activists Commemorate 1945 Bombings


Louisville area peace activists are commemorating the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki three days later to end World War II. A series of events marking the bombings begins Wednesday with readings from John Hersey’s book “Hiroshima.”

Interfaith Paths to Peace is one of five groups organizing the events. Executive director, Terry Taylor, explains why they chose readings from Hersey’s book.

“In its very quite, understated way, it communicates to people the real horror of what happens when an atomic bomb is dropped on a city,” says Taylor, “the enormous destruction, especially the destruction of human lives.”

Taylor says the events are not just commemorations.

“We remember people who died not only at Nagasaki but in other cities throughout the world that suffered bombings directed at civilian populations and remind people that whatever our military intentions are that we exclude people from military targeting,” he says.

Saturday’s events include readings of work by Thomas Merton, a showing of the film “Dr. Strangelove” and a Japanese candle floating ceremony. Taylor says the events are intended to remember civilians bombed in wars and encourage people to denounce bombing of civilian populations.