The Bomb: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Film

An Interfaith/Intercultural Call to Action


This compelling film, The Bomb: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow offers a sobering look back to 1945 with archival photos and video clips of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, and the living witness of Japanese survivors. Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev and former US Secretary of State George Shultz then share their personal statements on nuclear disarmament and their detailed reflections on one of the most historically significant meeting on nuclear weapons in the twentieth century, the Summit at Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986.

In sponsoring this film, four of the world’s leading interfaith/intercultural organizations, Parliament of the World’s ReligionsCharter for CompassionUnited Religions Initiative and Religions for Peace come together for the first time to call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons, and to introduce the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord, a joint statement with nine interrelated actions we can take to further nuclear disarmament. They also announce the establishment of a new annual Voices Youth Award to encourage youth activism, and the first winner of the award, Kehkashan Basu, President and Founder of Green Hope Foundation.

Speakers include Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima; Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki; former US Senator Sam NunnMohamed Elbaradei, former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Noble Laureate; and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization; Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute; Leona Morgan, Coordinator with the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining, and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Speakers from the sponsoring organizations include Audrey Kitagawa, Chair Parliament of the World’s Religions, Azza Karam, Secretary General Religions for Peace, Bishop William E. Swing founder and President United Religions Initiative, Victor Kazanjian, Executive Director URI, and Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director of Charter for Compassion.

The Bomb: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Film is offered as a timely, and unique contribution to the world's urgent movement to reduce and eliminate the nuclear warheads of assured annihilation. Note: this film is available with Spanish subtitles.

The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord

Press Release

San Francisco, July 15, 2020


The 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
will be commemorated on August 6, and 9, 2020 by four of the world’s leading interfaith/
intercultural organizations, with a call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.

The appeal will be part of an hour-long online video presentation with supporting statements from
former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, former US Secretary of State George Shultz, and
other prominent voices. It will be held on August 6 and 9.

Download and read the full Press Release below.

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William Swing

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Richard Rhodes Essay 

How the Rhodes Essay came to be:

“Richard Rhodes is one the most knowledgeable writers in the world on the subject of nuclear weapons. Since we live only a few miles apart, I telephoned him, introduced myself and asked if he was willing to write something for our press release.  He was most gracious - even though in the middle of writing another book - and thus we have this gem of an essay.“

– The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Founding Member, Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Read the Rhodes Essay