LIVERMORE -- Peace activists will mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Lawrence Livermore Lab Wednesday with a rally and commemorative march to the lab.

The rally, themed "Failure to Disarm," will highlight a lawsuit filed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) against nine nuclear states, accusing them of violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and international law.

The demonstration starts at the corner of Vasco and Patterson Pass roads at 7:30 a.m., where the keynote speaker will be Rick Wayman, director of programs for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

Other speakers include Scott Yundt, staff attorney for Tri-Valley CAREs; Jackie Cabasso, executive director of the Western States Legal Foundation; and Chizu Hamada, a spokesperson for the No Nukes Action Committee.

Following a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m. -- marking the moment the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima -- protesters will proceed south down Vasco Road to the lab's West Gate for a traditional Japanese dance and the chalking of human bodies on pavement, memorializing those killed in the bombings. Demonstrators who choose to do so will risk arrest by blocking the gate.

Last year's protest resulted in 31 arrests for trespassing, including that of famed "Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.


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