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Against all odds here we are, the human race alive and kicking 75 years since the first atomic bombs dropped on inhabited cities promised a premature end to it all. But though we survive yet, it’s been an uneasy continued existence, when we think of it; so, most of us don’t think of it most of the time.
Next week, August 6th marks the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan and as they have for so many years, Victoria’s Women in Black will mark the day with silent vigil and bearing witness to the people’s determination to end global warfare. This year will of course differ from past years in this as it has in almost all other things due to the Corona virus. But, as the Women remind, even as the financial world crumbles and millions are in dire economic need, spending on nuclear weapons and other means of mass destruction is increasing.
Theresa Wolfwood is Director and co-founder of the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation, and a writer, photographer, and long-time activist in pursuit of peace, social justice, and women’s rights. Her articles have appeared at Briarpatch, Peace News, and Third World Resurgence among other places, and she’s the local coordinator for Victoria’s Women in Black, who will hold their annual vigil in remembrance of Hiroshima-Nagasaki – its first vigil since March and the Pandemic restrictions – on August 6 from Noon to 1 pm on Government St. across from the Empress Hotel.