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Support the Budget Cut Amendment for Nuclear Bombs

First, we have some good news:

Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) will offer an amendment THIS WEEK to cut funding for the B61 nuclear bomb. As you know, Tri-Valley CAREs has been working hard to stop the $10 billion "Life Extension Program" for this U.S. nuclear bomb that is based in NATO countries.

This week, the House of Representatives is voting on the Appropriations bill that funds nuclear weapons. Rep. Mike Quigley will be offering an amendment to cut the funding increase that is presently in the House bill for the B61. If his amendment passes, it will cut the funding for the B61 and send the right signal on nuclear weapons spending more broadly.

The stakes are high and your help is needed now! Spending on new nuclear weapons and nuclear bomb plants has been growing unchecked. Particularly dangerous to both the U.S. budget and disarmament goals is the plan to "modify" the B61 nuclear bomb, at a cost of $10 billion by 2019.

Here is where you come in:

Your Representative needs to hear from YOU. If your Representative does not feel pressure from constituents, then the weapons labs and their dangerous plans will win. Please call TODAY (Tuesday) or TOMORROW (Wednesday) before the vote is taken in the House on the Appropriations bill.

If you are a Livermore area resident, call Rep. Eric Swalwell at (202) 225-5065. For all other Reps, phone the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and they will connect you.

Here is a sample script:

My name is [your name] and I live in [your city]. I am calling to tell Representative [your Rep's name] to vote YES on the Rep. Quigley amendment to the Appropriations bill to cut excess funds for the B61 nuclear bomb.

Be sure to mention your town so that the congressional aide knows you are a constituent. Keep your remarks short and focused so that the aide can write them accurately. And, please thank the staff person at the end of the call. He or she will be taking hundreds of calls during the course of the day (if we are to be successful!).

Again, call your representative at (202) 224-3121 immediately, please. To look up your representative click here

This is an important chance to cut spending on dangerous nuclear weapons. We will keep you posted on the outcome of this vote in future electronic alerts and in your Citizen's Watch newsletter .

Come to Livermore Lab on Hiroshima Day

We have more good news - and a program announcement

You are Invited: We will mark the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions of dollars to create "new and modified" nuclear bombs.

The Tuesday, August 6, 2013 event is titled, "Unfinished Business and Our Most Urgent Responsibility; Banning the Bomb at the Livermore Lab and Globally." Participants will gather at the northwest corner of the Livermore nuclear weapons laboratory (Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore). The rally will begin at 7 AM.

The program will feature Okinawan music from Genyu Kai, Taiko drummers, poet Pete Yamamoto, and fabulous speakers. Daniel Ellsberg will deliver the keynote address. Ellsberg is the former military analyst and whistleblower who shone a bright light on U.S. policy and helped end the Vietnam War when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Also featured will be a survivor of the U.S. bombing of Nagasaki, Nobuaki Hanaoka. Attorney Loulena Miles of Tri-Valley CAREs will discuss current activities at Livermore Lab.

Immediately following the program, at approximately 8:15 AM, will be a "call to action," in which participants will be invited to march a short distance to the Livermore Lab West Gate. Those who choose will nonviolently risk arrest. Others will conduct a legal witness and support. This event is cosponsored by dozens of peace and justice organizations.

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Click here for the August 6 event flier.

For more information on this, and other upcoming event, contact Tri-Valley CAREs at 925-443-7148, or check out our most recent Citizen's Watch newsletter

Check Out this Brand New Infographic on the B-61 Budget from Ploughshares Fund