August 6: #OccupyNukes National Day of Action Against the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Arsenal!

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Monday August 6th in Los Alamos:
·       A full day of non-violent direct action in Los Alamos. Click here for flyer

Hunger Strike continues (Hiroshima Day = Day 22):
·       On July 16, the 67th anniversary of the first ever atomic explosion at the Trinity site in southern New Mexico, Alaric Balibrera began a hunger strike in protest at the continued developme/nt of nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has been joined by 30 more people participating in the hunger strike. DETAILS: Click here for more info *** MEDIA: Read the Sunday, August 5th in-depth story in the Albuquerque Journal about Alaric’s hunger strike, *** VIDEO: Alaric speaks out

NUKE FREE NOW STATEMENT OF NON-VIOLENCE: “We believe in the empowerment of people through nonviolent direct action. This is not to judge other forms of protest and civil disobedience, or to try to define what is violent and what is nonviolent, but for this weekend of action we define it as no physical harm or damage done to any living being or property. Nuke Free Now is not responsible for individuals who do not adhere to our principles of nonviolence. Peace is our strategy.”

PRESS RELEASE: August 6, Hiroshima Day. Occupy Nukes demonstrations will be held in the San Fransisco Bay Area, Los Alamos, and New York City.

In Solidarity with…

Anti-Nuke, Hiroshima Day Weekend Events, 2012 – Click for interactive map

Please contact us if you know of an event that isn’t on the map.

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy Sites in the U.S.
Nuke Facilities in the United States

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8/2 Interview with Nuke Free Now co-founder Michelle Victoria (begins at 2 minutes)

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As Occupy Santa Fe and (un)Occupy Albuquerque join the NukeFreeNow coalition to mark the 67th anniversary of the U.S. military’s horrific atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, Japan, with large-scale “non-violent direct action and mass civil disobedience” at the Los Alamos, NM nuclear weapons laboratory, Occupy groups across the country are uniting in solidarity to make August 6, 2012 a national #OccupyNukes day of action against the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal. With support from Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco, and the OWS Environmental Solidarity working group, anti-nuclear actions are planned on August 4-6, 2012 in dozens of cities including New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, NV, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Oak Ridge, TN, Kansas City, MO, and of course, Santa Fe and Los Alamos in New Mexico, as well as nationwide in Japan. 

The actions extend from opposing nuclear weapons to demanding the end of nuclear energy. In California’s San Francisco Bay Area, activists are calling, “On the Anniversary of Hiroshima & Nagasaki,  Occupy the Energy Supply!” “Our Government disregards radioactive pollution from the corporations that fund their elections, and the people are unprotected from the nuclear threat.”

From Fukishima to California
Shut Down, Not Melt Down!
MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
2 PM Assemble at Japanese Consulate,
50 Fremont Street, San Francisco
Followed by March to PG&E
3 PM Protest at PG&E, 245 Market Street/Beale

“Join with the OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group, No Nukes Action and Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice to say that nuclear power plants are a major disaster waiting to happen. The people need to take back control of our energy supply and dismantle the nuclear power plants. In California, the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants contaminate water, soil, air, sea life, the workers and threaten nearby residents. With California’s inevitable earthquakes, these plants which are built on faults by the ocean could spread radiation so far that evacuation would be required within at least a 60 mile radius and could be uninhabitable for thousands of years. The government is not prepared for nuclear disasters, and is not prepared to move people as we saw with the Katrina disaster. For the people of Fukishima, betrayed by their government and TEPCO (the Japanese nuclear company), it may be too late. For us in California, it is time to take action!”

Some facts on the U.S. nuclear weapons system, via the Environmental Solidarity Working Group at Occupy Wall Street:

  • The U.S. maintains more than 10,000 nuclear warheads.
  • Obama’s FY 2012 budget request designates over $7.6 billion to programs directly related to nuclear warheads. This is an 8.9% increase from the previous year. The increase will be sustained and then increased further “in the later out years.”
  • Accord to a White House fact sheet: “The plan includes investments of $80 billion to sustain and modernize the nuclear weapons complex” … and “well over $100 billion in nuclear delivery systems to sustain existing capabilities and modernize some strategic systems” by the year 2020.
  • Federal spending for nuclear weapons between 1940 and 2007 was about $7.2 trillion, exceeding “the combined total federal spending for education; training, employment, and social services; agriculture; natural resources and the environment; general science, space, and technology; community and regional development, including disaster relief; law enforcement; and energy production and regulation.”
  • Nuclear weapons’ relationship to human security was put on display in Japan 67 years ago. We know what they do.

For even more facts about nuclear weapons, see NukeFreeNow.org:

  • Every facet of the nuclear industry poisons our planet. The nuclear business is wildly profitable, yet it collects billions in taxpayer subsidies.
  • Nuclear subsides go beyond mere money. The biosphere and creatures who depend on a living planet pay the largest subsidy through illness and premature death.
  • Plutonium is so poisonous that one inhaled microscopic particle can cause lung cancer.
  • A few reap billions in profits, while we, the 99%, have diminished futures. There is always money for more bombs and new wars, but we’re told there isn’t enough for healthcare, education, housing, pensions. Sustainable-energy projects languish. We live with the nightmare of nuclear war.

It’s time. We must make this end. Join the National Day of Action Against the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Arsenal! Read the rest at NukeFreeNow.org

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