On Sat., Aug. 4, people from all over the state will be gathering at Wurtsmith Airforce base in Oscoda to protest the United States' insistence on continuing the nuclear arms race, even though the Cold War has ended.The event is called SAC Exchange Day (to change the meaning of SAC, Strategic Air Command, to Saving All Creation). Those who want to participate in faith-centered nonviolent direct action are particularly invited. Nonviolence training and training for support people will be given at the regional retreat on Thursday evening, Aug. 2 and all day Friday, Aug. 3. Call Sally Head for more information at 971-0614. Those who would like to attend in the civil resistance, are also strongly encouraged to come. WAND is one of the endorsers of this commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
On Sun., Aug. 5 Ann Arbor will have its own Hiroshima Day commemoration, "A Celebration of Life, Peace and Our Future" at the Gallup Park Picnic Shelters from 6 to 9:30 pm. There will be a potluck picnic (bring your own tableware), children's activities (origami with Don Shall), cooperative games with Stan Harbison, and members of the Japanese delegation here from our sister city, Hikone, Japan. There will be an interfaith worship service which includes a wide variety of traditions, and a lantern boat launch on the river. In case of rain, everything (except the boat launch!) will take place at Temple Beth Emeth/St. Claire's Episcopal Church at 2309 Packard. Call 663-1870 to find out the location if the weather is questionable. WAND is one of the sponsors along with Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the other members of the 2nd District Coalition for Arms Control, and many area congregations.
At the regular second-Sunday-of-the-month WAND meeting on Aug. 12, the powerful videotape "Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair" will be shown. It documents activities of our nation's "shadow government" and the CIA which all of us working for peace and justice need to understand. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at St. Aidan's/Northside Church, 1679 Broadway (across from the Baits Drive entrance to North Campus). Call 761-1718 for more information.
Washtenaw County WAND (Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament), P.O. Box 1815, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1815, 716-1718.