Good Friday at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab
March 25, 2005
Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC and Livermore Conversion Project
Friday, March 25, 2005; local residents are invited to assemble at 6:45 am at the gates of northern California's nuclear weapons lab. A non-denominational service, will feature music, speakers, a procession, and nonviolent acts of witness.
Friday, March 25, 2005; Assemble at 6:45 am
Non-denominational service, music, speakers, procession, acts of witness. Presumably similar to recent years. Carefully nonviolent.
Action followed by a community meeting and light refreshments in Marylia's Rec Room (5720 East Ave, Livermore — about a quarter-mile from Livermore Lab). Park on cul de sac in behind complex or in the specially marked "visitor spaces only."
Livermore Lab is one of the most important sites of weapons of mass destruction anywhere in the world. New and modified nuclear weapons are developed there. In a future war, this lab's work might end all human life. Vast wealth flows to places like Livermore Lab's nuclear weapons program, leaving human needs unmet. A good site for the latest at Livermore is: http://www.trivalleycares.org
You can be part of a witness with a tradition and a community.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN
We will assemble at Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road, on the southeast corner. There will be singing, spoken messages, and prayer, and then we will walk about 1/2 mile to a major gate of the lab. At the gate, it is probable that there will be nonviolent acts of witness. Ched Myers will be the featured speaker. Following the action, there may be a community gathering in Livermore.
CHRISTIANS AND OTHERS
You don't have to be a Christian to be welcome. Some of us aren't. However, Christian words and symbols will be used. In the Christian calendar, Good Friday is the day on which the Roman Empire put Jesus to death. For many of us, there are deep parallels between the Roman Empire and the empire which designs weapons in Livermore.
HOW TO GET THERE
Driving: Take I-580 to Livermore. Take the Vasco Road exit and go south a bit over 1 mile to Patterson Pass Road. At Patterson Pass Road, you can either turn right to enter a residential neighborhood to park; or you can turn left onto Patterson Pass Road, and parking will probably be OK.
Public transit: possible, but not fast. Take the BART to the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station. Take the #10 bus (which winds its way to Livermore, so leave lots of time). Call "Wheels" in Livermore to check on other options.
• Carpools: If someone volunteers to coordinate carpools, this can be done. If no one volunteers to do this, we regret that we will be unable to provide this coordination. Call Ecumenical Peace Institute in Berkeley to volunteer to drive a carpool.
• Contact: Marylia Kelley Executive Director Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) 2582 Old First Street Livermore, CA USA 94551. (925) 443-7148. Fax (925) 443-0177. http://www.trivalleycares.org