Nagasaki Native to Discuss Nuclear War, Movie Tonight in Lansing

Nagasaki native Yoko Koisumi will be the guest speaker at the Capitol Area District Library (CADL) Downtown Branch following the Peace Education Center’s community showing of the documentary, “White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”  The movie will start at 6:45 p.m. tonight, August 9, 2010, in the library auditorium and is free to the public.  The CADL Lansing Downtown Branch, 401 S. Capitol Avenue, is at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Kalamazoo Street.

Yoko Koisumi (left) at PEC JazzFest Tent

Koisumi moved to mid-Michigan approximately a year ago from her Nagasaki home, which was just two blocks from the bomb site.  Her husband is enrolled in a masters program at Michigan State University (MSU).

In marking the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki bombings, Koisumi is planning to discuss the affects of nuclear war and the prospects for world peace through grassroots understanding between people in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere.  Over the weekend, she gave a brief interview with Tom Rico, PEC’s co-chair, and stopped by the organization’s information tent at the Lansing JazzFestival on Saturday.

Everyone is invited to attend the movie screening and community discussion with Koisumi.

Tom Rico blogs under the name "Rico Thomas Rico" and he is that rare combination of blogger, activist, hockey player, and ailurophile. He hails originally from Saginaw, Michigan USA and currently works out of Lansing. Tom is the current co-chair of the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing and is active with Mid-Michigan Democracy for America (MMDFA).

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