by Scilla Wahrhaftig
So many exciting events AFSC PA is involved in planning in the month of October. I hope you will be able to attend at least one of them, if not all.
Remembering Hiroshima: Imagining Peace: This group, of which AFSC PA is a member, is organizing a number of events in the fall, but two of them will be of particular interest to Friends:
On October 12th at 7:00pm AFSC is Co-sponsoring with CMU a talk by Junko Kayashige, a Hiroshima survivor and artist. This is part of CMU’s “Two Weeks of Peace”. She will also talk about the human cost of the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima.
On October 19th at 7:00pm there will be a Town Hall meeting,” Grappling with Nuclear Power”, at the University of Pittsburgh O’Hara Student Center Ballroom. Our own Seth Bush is one of the organizers.
For more information on Remembering Hiroshima: Imagining Peace events go to our facebook account rememberinghiroshi-ma.worldpress.com
Three Rivers Community Foundation is organizing a major re-gional convergence, “Building Change” October 13th through 15th at Heinz History Center. There will be some excellent workshops, panel discussions, art exhibit, music and films. AFSC together with other community partners will be doing a forum, “Debunking the Myth of a fair Criminal Justice System” on Thursday from 1-4pm; a workshop on immigration on Friday from 3-4pm and a workshop on Women and Children and War on Saturday from 1-2pm. For more information on the Building Change events go to www.buildingchangewpa.org
PA Conference Against Torture October 28th and 29th in First Methodist Church, Harrisburg: AFSC and other have been work-ing on this conference for almost a year. The focus of the confe-rence will be not only US sponsored torture but issues of pro-longed isolation in our prisons and how to work with people who have experiences severe abuse and torture. Friday Evening will be a talk by Kate Porterfield on “A Phobia of Hope: Reflections from a Psychologist in Guantanamo, and Saturday will be panel discussions and workshops on US sponsored torture, Prison isolation and supportive care for survivors of torture. Our hope is to build a strong PA network of people interested in these issues. The Harrisburg Friends Meeting has offered floor space for people wishing to stay overnight. For more information go to our website at swahrhaftig.
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