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The Arizona Trip

October 19, 2017

The last two days out in Arizona things really came together. The seeds I had planted and the tireless wanderings paid off in a wonderful way. Each day while there I was at my first location an hour before sunrise so I could see the day reveal the land, after which I would roam, meeting people along the way and trying to understand their stories. Then, like a web of winding waters do when randomly meandering through a broad valley, all became one stream and I saw the singular element in the story. Now it is about fine tuning. In a few days time Miranda and I will be headed to Toronto and bringing with us a young man we met in Hiroshima, the charismatic Samuel Joseph. We go to introduce him to Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It is an immense honor to be working with Setsuko-san, she is such a force for the voice of disarmament and was even a runner up for the Nobel Peace Prize this year which it was given to our friends at International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Setsuko-san will generously open her home to us and engage Samuel in conversation, a continuation of the form which has proven rewarding for all parties. Similar discussions can be seen on our youtube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKSygFFu1cP9r1qT-md40Nw

It is amazing listening to the stories told by the survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima, especially after we went there this year for the observance the first week of August. There still hangs in Hiroshima a quietness , though the city now is most lively and bustling. There is an eeriness to the buildings which remain standing from the blast, like the petrified skeletons of sentinels who bear witness to countless sunrises and sunsets with a certain stillness. The buildings provide a sullen landscape to the stories of the Hibakusha, the atomic bombing survivors. But Setsuko Thurlow's words are far from sullen, she has devoted her life to the pursuit of eliminating these weapons. The last time we saw her she was addressing the delegates at the United Nations during the negotiations of the nuclear weapons ban treaty. We are looking forward to seeing her again.

We continue to chip away at this story in an attempt to show a face of the nuclear weapons industry. Thank you for signing up for our newsletters, please check back occasionally for new videos and other online content.

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