Communities Against a Radioactive Environment
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Unfinished Business and Our Most Urgent Responsibility: Banning the Bomb at the Livermore Lab and Globally
Hiroshima Commemoration, Protest & Nonviolent Direct Action at Livermore Lab
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
WHAT: Northern California peace advocates will mark the 68th Anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is presently spending billions of dollars to create new and modified nuclear weapons. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is one of two locations that have designed every warhead in the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.
WHEN: Tues., August 6, 2013. Rally will be from 7 AM – 8:15 AM, the moment the first atomic bomb used in war exploded over Hiroshima. At 8:15 AM there will be a procession to the Livermore Lab West Gate and the chalking of human bodies on pavement to commemorate the vaporized remains found after the atomic bombings. Those who choose will peaceably risk arrest. Others will offer witness and support.
WHERE: Livermore Lab, corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore. Procession will go southward down Vasco Road to Westgate Drive.
• Daniel Ellsberg, keynote. Ellsberg is the military analyst and whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers to the news media in 1971, an act that helped end the Vietnam War. He will discuss the book he is writing on U.S. nuclear weapons policy as well as issues of government secrecy and whistleblowers.
• Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, special guest. Hanaoka was an infant when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. His family survived the blast. He will talk about his experiences growing up as he watched his mother and siblings die from radiation-induced illnesses.
• Pete Yamamoto, poet. Yamamoto is author of the recently released book of poems, Journeys. Known as the “Mayor of J-Town,” this San Franciscan’s poetry combines personal perspective and universal themes. He will read on August 6.
• Cecile Pineda, writer. Pineda is author of the recently acclaimed book, Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step. Her novels have won the Gold Prize from the Commonwealth Club of California, the Sue Kaufman Prize and a National Book Award nomination. Pineda will speak on nuclear power.
• Loulena Miles, attorney. Miles is on the Board of Directors of the Livermore-based nuclear watchdog organization, Tri-Valley CAREs. She will discuss Livermore Lab’s current nuclear weapons programs.
• Music by Genyu Kai, Okinawan band; Daniel Zwickel, guitarist; and drummers.
WHY: Sixty-eight years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the threat of nuclear annihilation remains. Nuclear war could come by accident, miscalculation, madness or malevolent intent. We gather at one of two locations where U.S. nuclear weapons are designed. The Fiscal Year 2014 Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration budget request for Livermore Lab devotes 84% of the monies to Nuclear Weapons Activities. Weapons designers at Livermore Lab are developing the world’s first “interoperable” warhead to launch nuclear devastation interchangeably from land or sea. At a time when social services are being decimated by the budget sequester, we are demanding the more than $30 billion spent annually on U.S. nuclear weapons “modernization” be redirected to fund human needs. We gather at Livermore Lab, too, because we believe that that public involvement at this historic juncture can concretely move the nation and the world toward the global elimination of nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war.
MORE: Pre-event interviews available on request. Photo opportunities at event.
Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, 925-443-7148; cell on-site Aug 6th 925-255-3589
Katie Heald, Peace Action West, 510-830-3600 x122 (will forward to on-site Aug 6th)
Stephen McNeil, American Friends Service Committee, 415-350-9305