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March with us September 8: No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs and Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation

Thousands of Northern Californians will “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” on Saturday, September 8 at the Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, beginning at 10 AM. The march is part of a global day of action. Tri-Valley CAREs is an endorser.

A powerful opportunity has opened up to link movements. On Hiroshima Day, speaking at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab rally, Pennie Opal Plant, a Climate, Jobs, and Justice organizer and Idle No More-SF Bay cofounder, made a compelling appeal for us to rise up together as one human family to address the twin existential threats posed by climate change and nuclear weapons. Pennie invited us to march together, as an anti-nuclear contingent, in the largest climate march on the west coast! Click here to watch a short clip of Pennie’s remarks.

With our colleagues at Western States Legal Foundation, SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Livermore Conversion Project, we at Tri-Valley CAREs have taken up the call.

We urge you to:

· Join the No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming! Contingent on September 8. Click here to RSVP. Visit, like and share our Facebook event page.

· Ask your organization to co-sponsor the No Nukes! No Wars! No Warming! contingent. Have an authorized representative fill in this form.

· Spread the word to your e-mail lists and through social media!

We invite groups and individuals alike to march with our contingent on September 8.

The anti-nuclear contingent will gather at 10 am in front of the Vaillancourt Fountain in Embarcadero Plaza. (From the Embarcadero BART station, walk to the end of Market Street facing the Ferry Building and turn left.) You can’t miss the fountain.

Look for our banner: “March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival: No Nukes! No Walls! No Wars! No Warming”. The march will step off at 11 am. We will be marching in section 3, “We Rise for Democracy” behind the Interfaith Rise for Climate Jobs and Justice and the Plant-Powered Planet Protectors contingents (see

Our rallying cry: NO NUKES! NO WARS! NO WARMING! We are marching for nuclear abolition and global survival…

BECAUSE the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists this year moved the hands of its symbolic Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to midnight – as close as it’s ever been, citing “the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change”, and declaring, “the world is as threatening as it has been since World War II”;

BECAUSE over 14,000 nuclear weapons, most an order of magnitude more powerful than the United States atomic bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 92% held by the U.S. and Russia, continue to pose an intolerable threat to humanity and the earth’s environment;

BECAUSE the dangers of wars among nuclear-armed states are growing and all of the nuclear-armed states are engaged in programs to maintain and modernize their nuclear arsenals;

BECAUSE the United States is actively engaged in wars and military activities in 76 countries, 39% of those on the planet;

BECAUSE the U.S. military is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world, with an enormous impact on climate change;

BECAUSE climate change causes refugee flows and fuels international tensions that can lead to war;

BECAUSE “conventional” wars fought over oil and other diminishing resources could escalate to nuclear exchanges, by accident, miscalculation or design;

BECAUSE the U.S. is violating its general obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to protect the climate, and under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to negotiate the global elimination of nuclear weapons;

BECAUSE nuclear energy creates radioactive poisons that remain lethal for hundreds of thousands of years and contributes to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, it is an unacceptable part of the solution to climate change;

BECAUSE nuclear weapons and global warming are two different ways that the human species can do enough damage to the ecosystems we depend on to threaten not only our own survival but that of most life on this planet;

BECAUSE nuclear weapons and global warming are predictable products of an economy and society dependent on endless material growth, driven for centuries by ruthless competition among authoritarian organizations of ever increasing size;

BECAUSE in this time of multiple global crises, our work for the elimination of nuclear weapons takes place in a broader framework, taking into account the interface between nuclear and conventional weapons and militarism in general, the humanitarian and long-term environmental consequences of nuclear war, and the fundamental incompatibility of nuclear weapons with democracy, the rule of law, and human wellbeing.

WE TAKE ACTION TODAY - and each day forward - to defend all life from the twin threats of thermonuclear war and global climate catastrophe. We rise up in solidarity today to achieve an ecologically sustainable and nuclear free world tomorrow.

“…[G]lobal warming and nuclear war are two different ways that humanity, having grown powerful through science, through production, through population growth, threatens to undo the natural underpinnings of human, and all other, life.” - Jonathan Schell, author and philosopher, 2007