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SGI's Anti-nuclear Exhibition Held at Prominent Nuclear Science Museum in New Mexico, US

Participants viewing the THS exhibitionParticipants viewing the THS exhibition

From September 29 to October 28, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS) was displayed at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico--the first public US museum to preserve the history of the nuclear industry. The event, organized by local members of SGI-USA's Southwest Region, carried deep significance given the history of the museum and the state’s ties to nuclear weapons. The first atomic bombs were developed at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory and the first nuclear device to be detonated was at the Trinity Site near Socorro, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945. That date is considered the official start of the Atomic Age.

On September 28, some 200 people, including the museum's director Jim Walther, attended a private gala reception to mark the 55th anniversary of second Soka Gakkai president Josei Toda's declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons (September 8, 1957), which marked the start of SGI's grassroots activities for peace. At the reception, SGI-USA women’s leader Linda Johnson spoke about the Buddhist view of the sanctity of life, which lies at the heart of SGI's anti-nuclear weapons movement, and the interdependence of all life.

National Museum of Nuclear Science and HistoryNational Museum of Nuclear Science & History

On October 6, SGI-USA hosted a separate event, a panel discussion titled "Kill the Will to Kill: Envisioning Post-Nuclear New Mexico" at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Among the panelists was Student Division Young Women's Leader Anna Ikeda who is active in the SGI-USA student-led "Our New Clear Future" dialogue campaign that was launched in September 2011.

"Our New Clear Future" aims to create a groundswell of public consensus toward nuclear abolition by 2015, when the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference is due to be held, as a first step toward eradicating nuclear weapons by 2030. Through one-on-one dialogue, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the "atomic bomb in our hearts," the tendency to disrespect and disregard others in our everyday lives.

On October 6, Our New Clear Future's Facebook page reported that over 800 dialogues on nuclear abolition had taken place since the launch of the campaign, some 80 of which are documented on crowdmap.com. The campaign can also be followed on Twitter and in the "Our New Clear Future" newsletter.

[Adapted from an article in the October 19, 2012, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of SGI-USA]