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Press Conf- IWI & WNYPC give Hibakusha Gift to Bflo History Museum – 75 yr Hiroshima

August 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

At Japanese Garden of Buffalo History Museum with Physical Distancing. Press Conference to present photos and petition to abolish nuclear weapons, and in preparation for August 9 – United Nations International Day of World Indigenous Peoples and day for a NuclearFree Future!

Indigenous Women’s Initiatives & WNY Peace Center gift Buffalo History Museum photos and petition from Nuclear Bombing Survivors

What: Press conference 75 years after the bombing of Hiroshima wherein Indigenous Women’s Initiatives and the WNY Peace Center will

  • present the Buffalo History Museum with a gift from the Hibakusha – survivors of the blasts – a set of pictures and a petition to abolish nuclear weapons;
  • invite the public to zoom into the April 9 event – United Nations’ International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples & NuclearFree Future Day, which will also be on Facebook Live. The public can also come with masks and physically distantly – with or without a lantern to float – to Lake Muir at the Japanese Garden behind the Buffalo History Museum;
  • present the press and public with information about:
    • Indigenous suffering all along the nuclear chain (from mining to waste);
    • United Nations’ Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People;
    • dangers of nuclear power and weapons.

When & Where: Thurs, August 6, 1pm on the portico of the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, (with physical distancing). Congressman Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and President Rickey L. Armstrong, Sr, Seneca Nation of Indians are also invited.

Who: Indigenous Womens Initiatives, the Buffalo History Museum, and the WNY Peace Center, with the media.

Why: The Buffalo History Museum should have this special gift from the Hibakusha, especially now – 75 years after the atrocities – to spur us to abolish nuclear weapons.

Also, Mayor Byron Brown has declared August 9, United Nations’ International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples & NuclearFree Future Day. We will Celebrate Indigenous Peoples; as well as commemorate the deaths from the bombings 75 years ago; nuclear exposure, pollution, and cancer; racial injustice and police brutality, and COVID-19.

Dec 23, 1994 the United Nations (UN) declared International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples after 17 years of human rights complaints v. nation states including Indigenous lives lost to uranium mining and nuclear waste disposal. In 2007 the UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ RIGHT TO EXIST with prior, free and informed consent. We celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ continued existence by educating the public about our history, living culture and exposure to West Valley NY nuclear waste’s contamination of the Cattaraugus Creek wild life and Lake Erie drinking water. We call upon public officials to fully clean up West Valley NY nuclear waste site. We commemorate lives lost to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Japan atomic bombs by praying and floating lanterns in Lake Muir at dusk. This year we will also commemorate lives lost to the COVID19 disease, police violence and nuclear development. You are invited to join us ONLINE facebook and zoom at The Buffalo History Museum on Aug 9 2020 4-9 pm to celebrate life and work for a Nuclear Free Future.


Interest Areas of Aug 6 Press Conference

  • a NuclearFree future
    • 75 years since the bombing of Hiroshima (8/6) and Nagasaki (8/9) – nuclear weapons programs
    • need to clean up West Valley and other radioactive sites,
    • need to stop unnecessary, for-profit transport of liquid (and solid) nuclear waste. Liquid nuclear waste is again being transported over the Peace Bridge and hundreds of miles of public highways, aquifers, etc.
  • Indigenous rights and sovereignty –
    • remediating the tremendous hardships visited upon the Indigenous through years of genocidal treatment,
    • huge hardships in education, economics, law enforcement, still present
    • treaties being broken, including no longer limiting casinos to Indigenous
  • Putting People and the Planet first – care for Mother Earth and all creation.
  • Special Virtual Event to be held 8/9 celebrating Indigenous People’s Day and Commemorating Deaths to Violence especially from bombings at Hiroshima & Nagasaki 75 years ago, as well as deaths due to police brutality, racism, bigotry, war, poverty, environmental degradation, and nationalism


August 6, 2020
1:00 pm