Community Action

1/23-26/15  San Louis Obisbo, CA—-
Mothers For Peace calls together the California Statewide Strategy Session to Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant followed by the San Francisco event on 1/27/15 led by Harvey Wasserman.Shut down

1/20/15 Study on Barnegate Bay Research on Oyster Bay Nuclear Reactor

Anthropogenic Radionuclides in the Estuarine Environment Near a Boiling Water Nuclear Reactor

 

7/22 from the date June 24, 2014

Aboriginal people at Muckaty win legal fight against nuclear waste dump

This is what can happen when people speak the truth relentlessly! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Wu4MR-1xY


 

7/17 Fukushima Response Actions
This is a fantastic page letting you know what you can do to help out with your community! Take a look at the link and find something that suits you or create your own action. But take action!

 

5/20 UK –Power Is The People

by Action AWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication)

£2 billion project going ahead, but Parliament has not yet voted on further nuke development.

That’s what you call “democracy”. But it is all for a good cause.  Nuclear weapons are an “instrument of peace”.

Daring dawn blockade of Berkshire’s nuclear weapons factory

This morning at 7.20, a group of people began blockading the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) site at Burghfield, near Reading. The protesters, acting as part of ActionAWE [1], a campaign of nonviolent direct action, are trying to disrupt construction of a new nuclear warhead factory on the site.

The new development at AWE Burghfield is being built at a cost to the tax payer of almost £2 billion, despite the fact that parliament has yet to vote on replacing the current generation of nuclear warheads that the site would build.

The eight protesters, aged between 19 and 40, are locked together using handcuffs inside ‘lock-on’ devices – made from drainpipes, and vegetable oil drums filled with concrete in order to block the gate to the construction site to prevent further work on the site. Traffic is now queued up, unable to enter the facility. The Christians amongst the protesters are singing hymns.

Catherine Bann, 40, mother of two from Todmorden, said:

“The money we would spend renewing Trident could pay for all A & E hospital departments in the country for the next 40 years! It’s a huge waste of public money to be investing in nuclear weapons, and people like us must make a stand now, so that future generations do not have to bear the cost.”

Joanna Frew, 35, a member of the United Reformed Church living in London but originally from Scotland, said

“Trident is illegal, immoral and a waste of money. It is the opposite of everything that Jesus teaches us about being co-creators of life and loving your enemies. Political and religious leaders in Scotland are opposed to retaining Trident at Faslane. We have a real opportunity over the next year to say that it is no longer acceptable , and that we don’t want an illegal renewal.”

Phil Wood, 20, a student at Bradford University added

“To be spending millions of pounds and planning to spend billions more on nuclear weapons while cutting back on essential public services that people rely on is unforgivable”.

Matt Fawcett, 39, from Yorkshire CND said

“This ‘do as we say, not as we do’ policy of telling other countries they can’t develop nuclear weapons while we spend billions developing new weapons of our own, not only undermines attempts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons but also discredits Britain on the world stage. Polls show 87% of the British public are against spending on new nukes at a time of such drastic cuts, yet the construction goes on at Burghfield without any parliamentary debate”.

The UK government has an armed nuclear submarine on patrol and ready to fire at all times, with the ability to wipe out cities almost anywhere on earth within 15 minutes[2]. The UK government has a stockpile of around 225 nuclear warheads[3], each with eight times the explosive power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 [4] that killed an estimated 140,000 to 200,000 people. Running the Trident nuclear weapons system currently costs £2 billion a year[5], and has not seen any of the cutbacks facing other government spending and public services. The government will vote in 2016 to decide whether to invest in the UK’s Trident nuclear weapon system for another 30 years.

Operated by a consortium of Jacobs Engineering Group, Lockheed Martin and Serco, AWE Burghfield plays an integral part in the final assembly and maintenance of nuclear warheads for use in the Trident system[6]. In 2011 Peter Luff, the then Minister for Defence Equipment, announced £2 billion of spending for redevelopment of the Burghfield and Aldermaston weapons factories[7]. The total spending on Weapons of Mass Destruction in the UK will soar to over £100 Billion should the government take the decision to renew Trident in 2016 [8].

Action AWE (Atomic Weapons Eradication) is a grassroots campaign of nonviolent action dedicated to halting nuclear weapons production at the Atomic Weapons Establishment factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield.

Notes

[1] http://www.actionawe.org/

[2]http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/peace/trident-the-uks-nuclear-weapons-system

[3]Stockholm International Peace Research Institute:www.sipri.org/research/armaments/nuclear-forces

 [4]http://www.cnduk.org/information/briefings UK warheads are thought to have a yield of 80-100kt.

[5] http://fullfact.org/factchecks/cost_trident_nuclear_deterrent-28864

[6] www.awe.co.uk/aboutus/the_company_eb1b2.html

[7]http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm111122/text/111122w0002.htm#111122114002933

[8] http://www.cnduk.org/information/briefings/trident-briefings

 

 

5/1/14 Just watch what one person can do to stop uranium mining before it starts! Thank you Jeffrey Lee!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ac_6hapxMlo

4/20/2014

Reported by EarthFirst.

While getting arrested is not everyone’s go-to solution, it is one that usually makes the news locally. Here is today’s Easter Action in CA at the Livermore Lab. 40 Arrested.

Forty Arrests in California Anti-Nukes Action

Annual Good Friday protest at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

by Jeremy Thomas / ContraCosta

A group of 40 anti-nuclear activists, including a Dominican nun, were peacefully arrested at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory at the conclusion of an annual Good Friday protest organized by local interfaith groups.

An estimated 115 protesters gathered at Vasco and Patterson Pass roads for a worship service and speeches on nuclear weapons, proceeding to the lab’s west gate at 8:30 a.m., where those who chose to do so were arrested by lab security. Those arrested were cited for obstructing a public roadway and released.

“The arrests were routine and peaceful and were handled well by all law enforcement involved,” said Livermore lab spokesman Steve Wampler.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol and Livermore Police Department assisted in the arrests. According to lab officials, the west gate was closed for two hours.

The annual Good Friday protest is organized by the Ecumenical Peace Institute of Berkeley and the Livermore Conversion Project in Oakland. It has been held for about the past 30 years.

“The message of today’s event is that we’ve got to stop devoting our valuable resources, our energy, our money, and our intelligence in the service of killing people, and turn it toward creating things that give life,” said Ecumenical Peace Institute program coordinator Carolyn Scarr, who was among those arrested.

At the gathering, keynote speaker Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, talked about the impacts of military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members of Livermore-based Tri-Valley Communities Against A Radioactive Environment (CAREs) also spoke, giving an update on the Department of Energy’s annual budget request for the lab.


 

Week Two:

1. So you read the Terms of the Week last week and started to look into purchasing a geiger counter, right? Good. Week Two begins with you getting to know the RadCast Radiation Reports and looking on the maps at areas near you to see radiation readings from the map perspective.

2. Remember, this is about you and what you want to know and why you need to know it. It’s not about RadCast. We just bring you the info so you can begin to understand what is going on in your environment. It’s time to start looking at the links on the website under the Home page on the menu bar. Pick something you want to see. Go to that link. And again, write down your questions. Ask RadCast for an answer if you can’t find one (info@radcast.org). And now you are on your way…stay tuned for next week. Review week one.


Week One:

1.In order to be useful to your community, you must gain knowledge about radiation and about what happened in Japan at Fukushima-Daichi as well as other nuclear disasters like Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.  Read the links on RadCast.org with information you can trust about Japan and nuclear power plants in general. All of this affects our world and with this knowledge you can communicate clearly and honestly about the effects that ionizing radiation has on all of us from our food supply to our health, from our children, families, animals and our gardens.

2. Begin to talk to your neighbors about what you are learning and tell them that each of you need Geiger counters to interpret the radiation levels in your immediate neighborhood. Don’t depend on others for what you can do for yourself. A trusted meter and your knowledge go a long way! You can purchase meters through RadCast directly via email at info@radcast.org. You can learn how to use your meter together and begin to take averages and tests in and outside of your house, at your children’s school, and anywhere else as well.


 

The Pacific Ocean Does Not Belong to Japan: It Belongs to All of Us

This article is from a RadCast Viewer. Sheila Parks, from Watertown,MA does not sit around waiting for someone else to inform her community about what it happening in Fukushima to OUR ocean. Here is her op-ed piece for you to read and learn from. Thank you Sheila for sending it over to us.

Third Anniversary of Fukushima outside Japanese Consulate in Boston.

Third Anniversary of Fukushima outside Japanese Consulate in Boston.


 

 

Written by my friend Chuck McCune

3 winning strategies
In order of difficulty from easy to not easy

Conservation
Cut your bill by 20% and you supplant the 20% nuclear contribution. you depress the market for nuclear and this alone could drive them out of business. requires no money whatsoever, just get up off ass and do it. @unplug nuclear is the answer, not for just one damn day though, live it – conservation every day and we could win on this alone. support, share, and promote Joseph DeMare effort at unplug nuclear power, a great start. https://www.facebook.com/groups/108310856002089/

Renewable Energy
More costly but a very good deal, conserve and it will cost less with faster payback. become your own power company, individually and with your community – sustainable anarchy. another 20% of our energy production/consumption would be easy

Legal Actions
Only regulatory window left, but closing fast. s1240, waste confidence, foreign ownership, mobile chernobyl, smr’s, all done deals UNLESS we implement these 3 tactics. we need only look at wipp and the mixed dod and doe waste loophole, and the va nuclear consortium to see how they’re going to do it.

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