Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and ICAN director Beatrice Fihn accepted the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in the awards ceremony in Oslo December 10.
In her acceptance speech, Beatrice Fihn, executive director of ICAN, warned that mankind’s total destruction at the hands of nuclear weapons was just one “impulsive tantrum away”: “Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?”
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The “brave wooden boat” Phoenix of Hiroshima is a part of world history and of the international peace movement. She played a role in the Cold War and Vietnam War. (See Our History.)
The Phoenix was launched in 1954 in Hiroshima, the city reduced to ashes by the first nuclear bomb. She had been designed and built by an American scientist, Dr. Earle Reynolds, while doing a 3-year study on the effects of radiation on Japanese children.
Inspired by the crew of the Golden Rule, the Reynolds family sailed the Phoenix into the Pacific Proving Grounds (1958) and to the USSR (1961) to protest nuclear testing. … More Why Restore the Phoenix?
UPDATE July 2019: Early this year, the Phoenix Board of Directors . determined that:
1) salvage after 9 years under water is probably no longer feasible,
2) donations have brought in only 1/3rd of the $87,000 needed to raise the boat.
3) her sister ship, Golden Rule, already restored, needed $11,000 for a new engine. Phoenix donors and the Board agreed to donate $11,000 to the Golden Rule for her anti-nuclear trip around the Pacific.
Follow the GR voyage at http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org
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