Nuclear Resistance in Grand Rapids – 1985

People have engaged in all sorts of opposition to nuclear weaponry and militarism in West Michigan since nuclear weaponry was used against the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 6.57.20 AM

We found the picture included here from an action that numerous people took in 1985 on the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The street theater action took place in the middle of the night and included people laying down at various places and having the outline of their bodies made with ground up rubber.

In the morning of August 6th, 1985, people in the downtown area discovered these human outlines that also had a stack of flyers next to them stating:

What you see here are the outlines of human bodies, just like what was discovered in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, after the US military dropped nuclear bombs on those two cities. The bodies of residents of many at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were completely incinerated, with only an ash outline of where their bodies where.

We oppose the US production, testing and global build up of nuclear weapons and believe that the very idea of a nuclear deterrent is absurd.

You can see in this picture that the location of the outlines of these human bodies was in front of a US military recruiting center, which used to be on the east end of the old Monroe Mall, exactly on the spot in front of what is now Monument Park.

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1 Response to Nuclear Resistance in Grand Rapids – 1985

  1. Pingback: Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #6 – The Anti-Nuclear Movement in Grand Rapids | Grand Rapids People's History Project

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