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Activists refuse to let Hiroshima memories die

Judith Scherr/Daily Planet
Monday August 06, 2001

Sunday, the day before the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, some 65 anti-nuclear activists gathered in the afternoon on the west lawn of the UC Berkeley Campus to remember the death and destruction the bomb caused and to vow that it will never happen again.  

Dan Marlin, pictured above, holds a banner with Fusako De Angelis, calling on the university to end its management of the Los Alamos and Livermore laboratories where nuclear weapons are researched and designed. Left, Bill Olin holds a sign calling for an end to the nuclear arms race. Anti-nuclear activist Pat Waters is seated. 

Marlin addressed the crowd, reading a description of the bombing by Hiroshima survivor Yamaika Michiko, 15 years old when the bomb dropped as she was on her way to work. Machiko had 37 operations in the days and years after bombing. Councilmember Kriss Worthington also spoke, blasting the Bush administration for moving forward with the proposed National Missile Defense system, a violation, he said, of the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, of which the United States is a signatory.