Workshop and Symposia

Nuclear Weapons Abolition Event "Our New Clear Future" Held in California

SGI-USA youth members from Southern California
SGI-USA youth members from Southern California

On January 22, an event titled "iDeclare--The Beginning of Our New Clear Future" was organized by SGI-USA youth members from Southern California. The event celebrated the release of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2012 Peace Proposal and the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons made in September 1957.

Some 1,300 people attended the event which was held at the Vic Lopez Auditorium in Whittier, Los Angeles County. Guest speakers included Whittier Mayor Cathy Warner and SGI-USA member Reiko Felsen, who experienced the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945 as a child.

The event included taiko drumming, Chinese lion dance and songs among a variety of presentations and performances based around four themes: the history of nuclear weapons, the science behind them, the impact of nuclear weapons on our lives, and the SGI and its activities to promote nuclear abolition.

The SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace," and the "Victory Over Violence" exhibition were on display at the event.

In his closing remarks, Lee Malone, SGI-USA leader from Southern California, emphasized that the abolition of nuclear weapons is as important as the elimination of hatred residing within the hearts of people. He encouraged the audience to actualize the following three pledges in their daily lives: I will value my own life; I will respect all life; and I will inspire hope in others.

"Our New Clear Future" is a dialogue campaign launched by SGI-USA Student Division in September 2011 which aims to create a groundswell of public consensus toward nuclear abolition by 2015 and to achieve the complete abolition of nuclear weapons by 2030.

[Adapted from an article in March 2, 2012, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of SGI-USA]

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