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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Peace and Social JusticeTimothy WhitehouseComment

If you are considering joining us on August 6 and August 9 for the commemorations of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, you might want to read, Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War, by Susan Southard.

In a moving review of the book, Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post writes that the stories of the hibakusha (survivors of the bombings) are as timely as ever. "American politicians debating the nuclear deal with Iran," he notes, "would do well to spend some time with Southard’s Nagasaki. It does not tell us what to do. It only reminds us of the stakes."

Southard's book and the commemorations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us not only of the horrors of atomic weapons, but also that the stakes - humanity's very survival - are indeed high. 

Health and Unrest in Baltimore

Peace and Social JusticeTimothy WhitehouseComment

The New York Times reported on the health problems faced by residents in the Upton-Druid Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore, the scene of recent unrest in Maryland's largest city.

The New York Times reported that, "...residents die from nearly every major disease at substantially higher rates than the city as a whole — nearly double the rate from heart disease, more than double the rate from prostate cancer, and triple the rate from AIDS. Life expectancy here is just 68 years, one notch above Pakistan." In addition, the area suffers from higher rates of asthma, lead paint poisoning and drug addiction.

Bishop Douglas Miles, the pastor at Koinonia Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore, told the New York Times, “If the statistics that are present in these communities were present in any white community in Baltimore, it would be declared a state of emergency. Health disparities loom as a giant lurking in the shadows. They never get talked about.”