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Strategy Forum: Stopping Site 300’s Proposal

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

We invite you to join us in Tracy, CA for an evening of action planning to protect our Valley air. While the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) continues to review Livermore Lab’s Site 300 air permit required for its proposal to increase the size of its toxic outdoor blasts, we must take action!

(To learn more about this issue and sign the petition to call on the SJVAPCD to reject the air permit required for Site 300’s proposal, click on the following link: https://www.change.org/p/reject-air-permit-for-hazardous-bomb-testing-in-california)

During this meeting, we will be hearing from the following speakers regarding updates and strategy planning:

  • Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, Tri-Valley CAREs – Updates on Livermore Lab’s Site 300 Final Environmental Assessment and Response to Comments, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Process
  • Yvonne Eder, President, Indivisible Tracy – Discussion on Community Organizing
  • Eric Luna, IT Specialist, Tri-Valley CAREs – Social Media for Issue Advocacy
  • Valeria Outreach, Tri-Valley CAREs – Strategy Session, Q&A

Come learn about this urgent issue and how you can get involved!

For questions, contact Valeria, (209) 601-8489 or email valeria@trivalleycares.org
Hope to see you all there!


Tell the Air Board to Reject the Air Permit for Site 300!

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

Have you signed yet? We ask you to sign the petition calling on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to reject the air permit for large, open-air bomb detonations at Livermore Lab’s Site 300!

On February 22, 2018, Livermore Lab released a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for its proposal to increase the daily weight limit of explosives used in its outdoor toxic blasts from 100 pounds a day to 1,000 pounds a day AND increase the annual limit from 1,000 pounds a year to 7,500 pounds a year!!! To summarize, Livermore Lab Field Office assessed its own impact and gave itself approval to continue with the proposal.

Now more than ever, we, the community, must stand up and voice our disagreement with the proposal to the SJVAPCD. The SJVAPCD is the last barrier before Site 300 could have full permission to detonate toxic bomb blasts in the open air under the proposed action!

Click on the link below to sign the petition and share with friends! Thank You!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

To download petition in PDF form click here.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt


Livermore Lab Budget Request - More $ for Nukes

Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt

The Livermore Lab Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019 was finally released in mid-March. The Chart above shows the Administration’s priorities in action at Livermore – more weapons. The overall budget request for the Lab increased $92 million over the 2018 request ($44 million over the 2018 Annualized Continuing Resolution).

But the real news is in how the money is being spent. Nuclear Weapons Activities total 88.6% of the Lab’s request. Within that, the “Directed Stockpile Work” at Livermore Lab is getting a 61% increase in the request over last year! The “Science” budget request is down by 27% compared to the 2018 request. “Energy Efficiency and Renewables” is down 28% from the 2018 request. While the “Non-Proliferation” and “Defense Environmental Cleanup” budgets received a slight increase, all other non-weapons programs were at the Lab were cut.

Livermore Lab is where the priorities of Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review hit the pavement and become the new nukes that are fueling a dangerous new arms race. Tri-Valley CAREs will be going to Washington, DC in May to stir up outrage in our elected officials about this budget and policy nightmare.

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Trump’s New Warheads and a Willingness to Use Them:
Key Policy Initiatives in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Posted by Kathy Crandall Robinson

On February 2, 2018, the Trump Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review. This document outlines the President’s U.S. nuclear weapons policy and strategy including:

1) The roles and purposes of nuclear weapons in U.S. security strategy;

2) The number and variety of U.S. nuclear weapons and plans for maintaining and upgrading nuclear weapons delivery systems and warhead production and infrastructure requirements, and;

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3) The approach to controlling nuclear threats and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons outside of the United States – arms control and nonproliferation.

Nuclear Posture Reviews reflect the policy and political perspectives of the President and the geopolitical environment of the moment. This NPR is brought to us by the same President who and has questioned why we couldn’t use nuclear weapons and on February 12, 2018 followed up his NPR with a statement that it is indeed his Administration’s intention to expand the U.S. arsenal “far, far in excess of anybody else."

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Click here for the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review...


Californians Have a Unique Opportunity to Take President Trump’s Finger Away from the Nuclear “Red Button”

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Many of you may be familiar with Rep. Ted Lieu’s bill, HR669, and its companion measure in the Senate, S.200. These bills would restrict the President's ability to launch a nuclear first strike on his sole, unchecked authority. Now we have a California measure, Assembly Joint Resolution 30, that if passed will throw our state's full support behind the national bills.

ACTION: Call, write or email your CA Assemblymember to ask him/her to join California Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) by supporting the Resolution she introduced, AJR 30. All of the info you need to take action is a quick “click” away.

CONTACT: The state has a great website at: http://assembly.ca.gov/
You can also go directly to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

TALKING POINTS:

  • The President’s absolute nuclear authority is a direct threat to Californians. Moreover, it is dangerous and contrary to basic principles of democracy for a single person to be able to unilaterally launch a first strike with nuclear weapons.
  • Trump’s bellicose rhetoric directed toward North Korea could spark a nuclear exchange that could endanger California directly (along with our beautiful planet).
  • The California State Assembly can have a major impact and reduce the risk of nuclear war. Our state can set the example for others and send a strong message to Congress to pass HR669 and S200 to make California and the world safer.

For more information to inform your phone call, email or letter, here is an article from the Lake County Record-Bee announcing Assembly Joint Resolution 30.

Click here to read the whole story...


Groups Host an Olympic Closing Ceremony “Watch Party” to Call for Extension of the Olympic Truce

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Representatives of Bay Area peace groups, including Tri-Valley CAREs, will gather Sunday, February 25, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm to watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and call for dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea.

The watch party will take place at the Café Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Avenue, Albany, California. RSVP is required to Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, at wslf@earthlink.net or to Marylia Kelley at marylia@trivalleycares.org. Media are encouraged to attend.

In November 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an Olympic Truce, or a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games, which gained the support of 157 Member States including both Koreas and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States. The truce period spans the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, from February 2 – March 25, 2018

Click here to read the whole story.


Daniel Ellsberg to Deliver Keynote Address at Nuclear Weapons Protest

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar for 8 AM Monday, August 6, 2018. Tri-Valley CAREs and hundreds of peace advocates from around the state will commemorate the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions to create new “more usable” nuclear bombs in accordance with the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and budget.

The keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Daniel Ellsberg recently released his long-awaited memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.


Further Actions: Site 300 Proposed Bomb Blasts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You are invited to join us in the next step in the process to stop Site 300’s proposal to increase toxic open-air blasts.

Over 2,000 public comments were submitted to Site 300 opposing the proposal this past December, including letters from the City of Tracy, and Tracy Hills, the new residential development closest to Site 300.

Right now, we are waiting for Site 300 to respond to the public comments and publish its final Environmental Assessment (EA) in the upcoming weeks. Upon the release of the final EA, Site 300 will request a permit from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD).

We must act and not simply wait! Tri-Valley CAREs has crafted a new petition (in English and Spanish) with a message to the SJVAPCD to reject the proposal. We need your help to distribute this petition to neighbors, family, and friends!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

Haga clic aqui para ver la petición en español.


An Overview of “Brand New” Nukes and the Budget

Monday, February 12, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Today, while his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for nuclear weapons was being delivered to Congress, President Trump boasted: "We're increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon… We will have a nuclear force that will be absolutely modernized and brand-new.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) is the cabinet-level agency in charge of US nuclear weapons and the cleanup of contamination that comes with them, along with other programs. The DOE FY19 budget request is $30.6 billion.

The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is the big budget winner. The President’s FY19 request provides $15.1 billion to create new and modified nuclear warheads and the bomb plants to build them in alignment with the recently released Nuclear Posture Review. This represents an increase of $2.2 billion (17%) over the current profligate annual spending level for NNSA.

Click here to read the whole story....


Half-Day Conference: Stop the War Machine

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, and longtime member Fred Norman, also active with Veterans for Peace, will be among the speakers at a half-day conference addressing the Military-Industrial Complex and its impacts on our people, communities and planet.

Our allies in the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace have joined together to organize this event from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, March 17 at the Orinda Community Church.

The line-up includes eighteen internationally renowned speakers on US militarism and its consequences. Each will give an incisive presentation of 10 minutes max, giving participants bite-sized morsels of valuable information on myriad aspects of the war machine and ways to stop it. There will also be a chance to network informally and pick up a wealth of more detailed resources and literature.

See the flyer, below, for details


Ugly & Coming Monday: Trump's Nuclear Budget

Friday, February 9, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Here is a press release we just released along with our colleagues in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. It is crafted to give reporters probing questions to ask DOE regarding the nuclear weapons and cleanup budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which is scheduled to be released on Monday by the President. We will provide additional analysis following its public release. Read on...

Click here to see our press release.


Saturday, January 27, 2018
Posted by Brendan Phillips

The specter of self-destruction once again looms over the world. Scientists associated with The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board have moved the Doomsday Clock’s hands to two minutes before midnight; an estimation of risk unsurpassed, even at the height of the Cold War.

Failure of world leaders, particularly within the United States, to effectively respond to new nuclear threats has made the possibility of a thermonuclear exchange far more likely. The current US president has repeatedly disparaged our allies while pursuing a policy of economic nationalism. In addition, our president has responded to North Korea’s nuclear testing with his own bellicose rhetoric; exacerbating an already pugilistic relationship between the two countries.

Click here to read the full Doomsday Clock statement of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Click here to read the whole story...


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH.
Onward, together!

Monday, January 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH, rallying for nuclear abolition with Ann, Valerie, Gail, Tavi, Lou, Rahul and friends. Here are a few pics from an amazing day. Onward, together!


Trump “Nuclear Posture” Approves New Warheads & Factories; Opens the Door to Testing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Posted by Joseph Rodgers

On Saturday, Hawaiians received a notification of incoming ballistic missiles on their cell phones. It took 38 minutes for the false alarm to be rescinded. Thousands of Americans called their loved ones for what they thought to be the last time. In those 38 minutes, citizens of Hawaii experienced first hand the radical contingency of life in the nuclear era.

Three days before the Hawaii incident, the Huffington Post leaked a draft of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, a Pentagon document that dictates the overall strategy for United States nuclear forces.

The leaked document, which is rumored to be the final draft, demonstrates an aggressive shift from the Obama posture review by mandating “more usable” low-yield nuclear weapons, doubling down on building new bomb plants, and lowering the threshold to resume nuclear weapons testing.

Click here to read the whole story....

Click here to read the leaked draft Nuclear Posture Review.


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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Prevent Open-Air Toxic Bomb Blasts at CA’s Site 300
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CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) calls all CA residents and environmentalists everywhere to sign our petition to prevent open-air toxic bomb tests.

1. Help us oppose a proposal by the Livermore nuclear weapons Lab to increase outdoor tests at its Site 300 from 100-pounds of high explosives daily to 1,000-pounds daily (10x).

2. Livermore Lab lists more than 120 hazardous poisons that will be in these huge outdoor blasts, including beryllium, vinyl chloride, phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, and dioxin to name just a few.

3. These tests are for nuclear weapons, according to Livermore Lab.

Site 300 is Livermore Lab’s high explosives testing range located in the hills a mere 7,000 feet from the City of Tracy. Site 300 is on the U.S. EPA Superfund list of most poisoned sites in the country. Open-air blasts there used radioactive materials, such as Uranium 238, without commencing the appropriate cleanup of the detonation area (firing-table). Therefore, the proposed larger detonations can re-suspend radioactive particles in the soils.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition today.

This petition will be delivered to:

* The photograph in this email is an actual open-air bomb test at Site 300. If you look carefully, you can see buildings that are dwarfed by the size of the detonation. The toxic materials drift on the wind.

Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs’ 14-page comment letter opposing these open-air blasts.


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