Tomorrow, March 30th : “Fukushima Now: Relief Effort to Support Children in Fukushima” A Panel Discussion & Fundraiser

BAY AREA ARTISTS FOR JAPAN  presents  Fukushima Now: Relief Effort to Support Children in Fukushima. This event commemorates the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami which occurred in Eastern Japan, and the subsequent nuclear disaster centered in Fukushima Prefecture.

No Nukes Action Committee supports this event as an exciting opportunity of public education and connecting communities across the Ocean. If you would like to volunteer on the day of the event, please call Umi Hagitani of No Nukes Action Committee at 917.774.4079. Also, please consider supporting the project online from here.

Date: March 30, 2013, 5-8PM
Location: Kala Art Institute, 2990 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702
Phone: 510-841-7000

Fukushima Now will take place Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 5-8PM, at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. The event will feature a panel discussion addressing current conditions in Fukushima, as well as the continuing impact of the use of nuclear power on peoples of all nations.

All proceeds from the event will go to 3a! Anzen (security/safety) Anshin (peace of mind) Action in Koriyama – a non-profit group represented by Ms. Tokiko Noguchi in Koriyama, Fukushima. Koriyama is a city located 40 miles away from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Read more here about 3a! Koriyama.

Special Introduction: Interview Video Clips by Yoko Kumano, Blogger and Filmmaker, Co-Owner of Umami Mart, Oakland.

Panelists include: Takashi Arai, Photographer; Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director – Western States Legal Foundation, Linda Seeley, Vice President – San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, Jeffrey Jousan, Co-Director of  the film Women of Fukushima.

The panel discussion will be followed by a charity Art Sale and reception, with artwork available by artists Kevin Chen, Randy Colosky, Lauren Dicioccio, Jack Fulton, Randy Hussong, Misako Inaoka, Chris McCaw, Apollonia Morrill, Richard Nagler, Sandra Ono, Nora Pauwels, Favianna Rodriguez, Christina Seely and many more.

Specialty drinks and food will also be available for purchase (all proceeds go to relief funds). Refreshments and services gratefully provided for this event by the following: Bi-Rite Market, Canyon Market, Choya, Itoen, Sharon Jue, Mari Komine, Mullen and Smith, PekoPeko  Japanese Catering, Ramen Shop, Takara, and Yataiya.

Limited numbers of hand thrown ceramic bowls by Aterier Dion are exclusively available for purchase at Fukushima Now event.

Fukushima Now is organized by Bay Area Artists For Japan, a group of Japanese Artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area. BAAFJ came together in response to the 2011 disaster in Japan, in the belief that during times of tragedy, one of the roles of the art community is to use art to help those who are suffering.

Invited Panelists:

Takashi Arai, Photographer
Originally from Kawasaki, Japan, Arai is known internationally for his unique contemporary daguerreotype photographic works. Arai teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto; Tokyo College of Photography, Yokohama; and Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo.

Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director – Western States Legal Foundation

Jacqueline Cabasso is  Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF). She is a leading voice for nuclear weapons abolition, and has spoken internationally at public hearings, conferences and rallies, as well as meeting with organizers throughout the world. Since 1994, she has represented WSLF at negotiating and review sessions of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Ms. Cabasso is co-author, with Susan Moon, of “Risking Peace: Why We Sat in the Road,” an account of the large 1983 nonviolent protest at the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory.
Jacqueline Cabasso (YouTube videos)

Linda Seeley, Vice PresidentSan Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace
A current Board Member, member of SLO Mothers for Peace since 1982, and  a retired nurse-midwife, Linda Seeley is active in the environmental community in several capacities. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Santa Lucia Sierra Club and on the Board of Directors of the Terra Foundation.
She is an advanced facilitator of the Work that Reconnects, group work developed by Joanna Macy.

Jeffrey Jousan, Co-Director of “Women of Fukushima”
Jeffrey Jousan is co-director and producer of “Women of Fukushima,” a film which features startlingly candid insights from a group of women from Fukushima Prefecture, whose bold protests of the Japanese government’s  response to the Fukushima/Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown have gone largely unnoticed by Japanese media. The film offers startlingly candid insights, in the women’s own voices, about what has become of their lives, homes, and families in the aftermath of “3/11.”

Mr. Jousan is an audiophile, recordist/engineer, producer, location coordinator and interviewer. He resides in Japan.

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