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July 16, 1945-a serious day to remember

July 17, 2012
Please take a few moments to look at this very important food for thought. Share it…it’s important to all of us.
Today, sixty-seven years ago, on July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb test, code-named “Trinity”, took place in an area of desert in New Mexico called Jornada del Muerto – Journey of Death or Dead Man’s Trail. A few years later, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bombs, recollected his thoughts upon witnessing the world’s first atomic blast.
“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita: Vishnu is trying to persuade the prince that he should do his duty and to impress him he takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now, I am become death, the destroyers of worlds’. I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
– J.Robert Oppenheimer
The code-name given to the first atomic bomb was “the gadget”. The code name for the atomic test – “Trinity” (the Christian doctrine of faith in which God is made of three divine persons – the father, the son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit – distinct yet one, co-equal, co-eternal ) – was chosen by Oppenheimer from a sonnett,, by the 17th Century English poet, lawyer, and Protestant priest, John Donne. How often before the “Trinity” test and since has religious imagery and the language of eternity been used to make moral, and even spiritual, the greatest exercises of violence and crime by militarists and war makers?
On this day sixty-seven years ago, from a place named for death, Oppenheimer remembered a story from Hindu scripture which speaks of the power of death to take hold and cower people, societies, the world, with ever greater threats and examples of violence.
And why? The will and willingness by the social elite to maintain their boundless markets and profit, their resource control and ownership, their “way of life” at all costs. Empire!
From the “Trinity” atomic test and just three weeks later, the atomic destruction of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with hundreds of thousands killed and irradiated, to a continuing commitment to an arsenal of thousands of nuclear bombs and missiles, a for-corporate-profit permanent war economy and national security state, wars of foreign occupation, to the current phenomenon of drone warfare and remote-controlled killing, the empire’s continuing refrain is: ‘Now, I am become death, the destroyers of worlds’.
Our refrain must be…Remember “Trinity” and Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Power. Stop the Wars. Resist Lockheed Martin. Reclaim the future for justice and peace, for our children, the world, and our communities.
For those of you in the greater Philadelphia area, here are several local events:
Read the Journey of Death (1995, Brandywine Peace Community), an historical narrative of humanity’s first steps into the nuclear age. Read it here:
Fri., August 3, 7p.m.Attend Area Showing of THE FORGOTTEN BOMB at the Peace Center of Delaware County (1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA) First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series, co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. The documentary film (2010, 135 mins.) is, at its core, a globe-trotting search to find out, two decades after the Cold War, what nuclear weapons still mean to us today, and why we need to re-think their very existence so as to do away with them for good. Film features former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Father John Dear, Japanese bomb survivors, and many others.
More information and directions, or call (610) 544-1818.
Brandywine Peace Community Area Observances of the 67th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6 – 9, 1945. Join the Demand for Peace, a Just Economy, a Nuclear Free Future!
Monday, August 6, Noon
Remember and Resist...Hiroshima Day Demonstration & Nonviolent Resistance at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, PA (230 Mall Boulevard 19406, Mall & Goddard Blvds., behind the King of Prussia Mall). Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest war profiteer, is the U.S.’s chief nuclear weapons contractor and among the top manufacturer’s of drone warfare technology
Call the Brandywine Peace Community NOW to participate in nonviolent civil disobedience, facing arrest for resisting the injustice and criminality of Lockheed Martin.
Nonviolence discipline for all participants here:

Thursday, August 9, 7:30p.m.
Nagasaki Day Ceremony – Lights of Hope Over Waters of Memory: Candlelight Vigil for Peace and A Nuclear Free Future
, Market Street Bridge, 2955 Market Street, across from 30th Street Train Station (east side), Phila., PA 19103 for more information or call (610) 544-1818.
Brandywine Peace Community
P.O. Box 81, Swarthmore, PA 19081
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