ACTION ALERT: No More Nukes; Books Not Bombs
August 7, 2004
Tri-Valley CARES / Western States Legal Foundation
On Friay, August 6 Americans will commemorate the 59th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A church service will be heald in Oakalnd and, on Sunday, a protests will be held at the gates of California's Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab by citizens demanding an end to nuclear weapons and a transfer of funds to support public education, health and the environment.
A Year of Remembrance and Action for a Nuclear Free World
August 6, 2004 will mark the 59th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It will also kick-off a year-long campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, initiated by the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, culminating on August 9, 2005, the 60th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
Please join Western States Legal Foundation in honoring the survivors of "hell on earth" in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Never Again !
Western States Legal Foundation Invites You To Our Campaign Launch
Friday, August 6, 2004; 6 - 9 pm
First Unitarian Church of Oakland
685-14th Street (at Castro)
near 12th Street BART
4 blocks east of Broadway
Dinner provided by Food Not Bombs
Suggested Donation: $10 - $25, Sliding Scale; No One Turned Away
Proceeds Benefit Western States Legal Foundation
RSVP/More Information: (510) 839-5877
• Report Backs from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other recent WSLF activities
• West Coast Premier of video on the World Mayor's Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons
• Opportunities for Action to abolish nuclear weapons and to support WSLF
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Rededication candle ceremony
• Photo Exhibit by James Lerager, from his forthcoming book, "Nuclear History, Nuclear Destiny"
Jacqueline Cabasso, Executive Director
Western States Legal Foundation
1504 Franklin Street, Suite #202
Oakland, California USA 94612
Tel: (510) 839-5877 Fax: (510) 839-5397
Web site: www.wslfweb.org
RALLY AND MARCH TO THE LIVERMORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB - DEMAND AN END TO
NUCLEAR WEAPONS. TELL THEM TO CLEAN UP THEIR MESS.
Please join us for a Rally and March to the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab!
WHEN: Sunday, August 8 at 1 PM
WHERE: Jackson Elementary School, 554 Jackson Ave., Livermore, CA.
On the 59th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of the Japanese
cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we will gather at Livermore Nuclear
Weapons Lab. Livermore is one of the primary facilities for nuclear
weapons development in the world and has long been a site of non-violent
resistance to nuclear weapons.
This year, $28 million is requested to develop the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator at Livermore and Los Alamos labs. Yet, two schools will close in Livermore in order to save $1 million. All over California teachers are laid off and educational programs are being cut while $6.6 billion is requested for nuclear weapons work - more than during the Cold War! An analysis of the U.S. nuclear weapons budget can be downloaded at:
We are demanding:
• The Abolition of All Nuclear Weapons! Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapon of terror and their elimination begins with our opposition to them right here in the San Francisco Bay Area! The godlike capabilities that nuclear weapons provide, the tentacles of empire, are an illusion of colossal proportions. In 2004 the Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Abolition 2000 have launched a worldwide emergency campaign to abolish nuclear weapons: http://www.abolition2000.org/groups/mayors
• Books Not Bombs! Stop all cuts to public education. Don't raise tuition. Invest in education, not weapons of mass destruction. More information on the Books Not Bombs campaign www.nyspc.net;
• A Healthy Environment! Clean-up nuclear weapons sites! Stop building up the US nuclear arsenal. Livermore Lab has already leaked over 1 million curies of air-borne radiation in the Bay Area biosphere. In the next few years Livermore Lab proposes to store and work with even larger quantities of radioactive materials. For more info on the National Nuclear Weapons Days of Action and a calendar of events: www.besafenet.com;
• Jobs For Peace! Expand jobs in civilian sciences, end government-sponsored violence; and
• Universities for Peace! The Livermore and the Los Alamos weapons laboratories are managed by the University of California. Every nuclear warhead in the US arsenal was designed by a University of California employee. UC should stop providing a fig leaf of respectability for the creation of nuclear weapons.
TO VOLUNTEER AND TO PRINT FLYERS FROM OUR WEB SITES
• (925) 443-7148 -- Tri-Valley CAREs -- www.trivalleycares.org
• (510) 839-5877 -- Western States Legal Foundation -- www.wslfweb.org
• (510) 849-2272 -- CA Peace Action -- www.californiapeaceaction.org
• (510) 663-8065 -- Livermore Conversion Project
BART: Free shuttles from Dublin/Pleasanton BART provided by ALAMEDA
COUNTY PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY.
DRIVING: Directions to Jackson Elementary: I-580, exit on Vasco Rd go
South (continue past Livermore nuclear weapons lab); Turn right on East
Ave; Turn Right on Loyola; Left on Jackson Ave; Jackson school is on left.
DONATE AND SUPPORT
1. Please send DONATIONS to: The Livermore Conversion Project. P.O. Box 31835, Oakland, Ca 94604. Make checks payable to: Livermore Conversion Project (Checks over $50 are tax-deductible if made out to Agape)
2. Bring a book! Show your support for education. If you can't come, mail a book (at book rate) to: WSLF, 1504 Franklin Street, #202, Oakland, CA 94612. Books will be donated to the Buenas Vidas Youth Ranch, a Safe Home for Boys, in Livermore.
Sunday, August 8, there will be a peace camp at Del Valle (15 minute drive from the Lab). RSVP strongly recommended (space is limited): Will Parrish (email@example.com) or call Will at (925) 443-7148. Camping is $5 per person, children 12 and under are free; make checks payable to Livermore Conversion Project. Mail checks to 2582 Old First St.,
Livermore, CA 94551, Attention Will. Please write "camping" in memo line.
NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION
We are calling for nonviolent direct action on Monday, August 9. Meet at 7:30 AM at William Payne Park, 5800 Patterson Pass Rd. Take I-580, exit on Vasco Rd; go South 2 miles. August 9 is the anniversary of the
Nagasaki bombing. We are calling for this action in honor of Father Bill O'Donnell, who was raised in Livermore. SEE NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES BELOW.
Nevada County Peace Center is displaying quilted and painted panels at the rally and carrying them to the Lab. Many panels are part of a historic collection that was part of the Ribbon Around the Pentagon project from the 1980's. You can visit www.theribboninternational.org.
If you would like to mail a panel to the Books Not Bombs action send them to 13929 Quaillan Way, Nevada City, CA 95959. For more info contact Nettie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPEAKERS AND MUSICIANS
Confirmed Speakers and Musicians include: Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of the Americas Watch; Cesar Cruz, Fast4Education; Middle Eastern Singer, Fariba; Musical Guests, Clan Dyken; Miguel Molina, KPFA's La Onda Bajita; Jacques Depelchin, executive director of the Ota Benga International Alliance for Peace in the DR Congo; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs; Andy Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation; Janis Truner, retired Livermore school teacher; Abigail Balanda, Livermore High School student -- and more!
NATIONAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACTION
In July and August over 35 events will occur across the nation demanding a precautionary approach to nuclear weapons, marking the Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Trinity Test anniversary. The days will conclude on August 9 with a national call in day to President Bush and Democratic nominee, Senator Kerry demanding: real clean-up, not the continued build up of the US arsenal. For more info on the National Nuclear Weapons Days of Action and a national calendar of events: www.besafenet.com; download a flier for the nuclear weapons days of actions: flier.
SPONSORS AND ENDORSERS OF THE AUGUST 8 ACTION
Bay Area Nuclear Waste Coalition; Berkeley Citizens Action; Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarians, Social Justice Committee; Berkeley Friends Church; Berkeley Society of Friends, Peace Committee; Buddhist Peace
Fellowship, East Bay Chapter; East Bay Sanctuary Covenant; El Cerrito Democratic Club; First Congregational Church; Fresno Center for Nonviolence; Global Exchange; Grandmothers for Peace, Hayward Chapter;
Grandmothers for Peace, International Office; Green Party of Alameda County; Humanist Hall; Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy; Livermore Conversion Project; Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas; Middle East Children's Alliance; Modesto Peace/Life Center; Monterey Peace and Justice Center; Nevada Desert Experience; New Fellowship Church;
Northern California District of the Communist Party USA; Pax Christi Fremont; Peace and Freedom Party; Peace Center of Nevada County; Peace Coalition of Monterey County; Peninsula Peace and Justice Center; Physicians for Social Responsibility, Bay Area Chapter; Sacramento Area
Peace Action; Salinas Action League; San José Peace Center; Sisters of St. Dominic, San Rafael; St. Joseph the Worker Church; Tri-Valley CAREs; United for Peace & Justice, Bay Area; Veteran's for Peace, San
Francisco; Veterans for Peace, Humboldt Bay Chapter 056; War Resisters League - West; Western States Legal Foundation; WILPF Berkeley-East Bay; and Women for Peace -- PLUS MORE!
Contact Sherry: (510) 663-8065 to sponsor or endorse.
Nonviolence has always been a core value of the anti-nuclear movement. Perhaps that is because nuclear weapons represent the ultimate form of violence. The atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima killed some 200,000 people. Most of the 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world today have much
larger explosive yields than that first nuclear weapon. Nonviolence is more than the absence of violence. Many of us believe that the active practice ofnonviolence is a direct challenge to the violent policies of our governments. As we extend our hands to people new to our movement, we invite you to join us in our nonviolent direct action.
While participants in this action are not required to embrace the philosophy of nonviolence, in order to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and safe for all participants, including newcomers, children and families, the organizers ask you abide by the following practical
guidelines to keep the rally and march peaceful and safe.
1. We will use no violence, physical or verbal, towards any person. We consider speech or acts that are racist, homophobic, sexist or against persons with disabilities to be violent.
2. We will carry no weapons.
3. We will not bring or use any alcohol or illegal drugs.
4. We will not destroy property.
5. We will respect the rights of all people.
6. We will accept the legal consequences of our actions as we continue our struggle in the courts.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
managed by the University of California (UC) is one of the two principal U.S. nuclear weapons design laboratories and as such, is one of the highest security facilities in the country. It is believed that over 1,500 pounds of plutonium is stored on site, protected by guards who have been given "shoot to kill" orders in the case of unauthorized intruders. In these times of heightened security, crossing the facility boundaries or climbing on or over the Lab fences carries an elevated risk of injury or death. In addition, UC police over the past 20 years have consistently demonstrated a zero tolerance policy for people who go limp at the time of arrest. If you choose to risk arrest and go limp, be aware that you risk extreme pain and possible injury. If past practice holds, in general those who choose to risk arrest and cooperate with their arresting officers will not be subjected to pain holds or injury.
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director
Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment), 2582 Old First Street, Livermore, CA USA 94551.
(925) 443-7148 - phone
(925) 443-0177 - fax