Resistance For a Nuclear-Free Future

Nukewatch, the Nuclear Resister, Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (with the support of many others) invite you to join us ..

JULY 3-5, 2010
Maryville College, Maryville and the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex
in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to
Celebrate the 30th Anniversaries of
With networking, celebration, workshops, music, nonviolence training and nonviolent action at Y-12
This gathering is for people who advocate, practice and/or support nonviolent direct action, civil resistance and civil disobedience in the struggle to stop nuclear power and abolish nuclear weapons.
At a critical time in the movement for a nuclear-free future, we are coming together to increase awareness and action around nuclear issues, and create an opportunity for new and seasoned activists to meet and strategize for a nuclear-free future!

IT’S TIME TO REGISTER! To guarantee your dorm room, please register by June 11. (Limited free church floor space available; please inquire.)
Please make a donation to help cover costs, and for scholarships for youth and low income activists.
SPONSOR Join the growing list of sponsors!
Thank you to these sponsors:
Aiken Peace (Aiken, SC)
AlliantACTION (Minneapolis, MN)
Alternatives to Militarism/Citizen Soldier (New York, NY)
Beyond Nuclear (Takoma Park, MD)
Citizens for Peace in Space (Colorado Springs, CO)
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (Washington, D.C.)
Jonah House (Baltimore, MD)
Micah Intentional Group of the Servants of Mary (Ladysmith, WI)
Nashville Greenlands (Nashville, TN)
Nevada Desert Experience (Las Vegas, NV)
Nuclear Watch South (Atlanta, GA)
Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters (Brattleboro, VT)
Vivian & Paul Olum Foundation  (Sharon, MA)
Carol & Jerry Berrigan (Syracuse, NY)
Steve & Christine Clemens (Minneapolis. MN)
Iris & David Cloud (Chicago, IL)
Joan Cominos (Martinez, CA)
Polly Connelly (Tucson, AZ)
Muriel Fitzgerald (Milwaukee, WI)
Freya Grand (Washington, DC)
Richard Grossman (West Hurley, NY)
Robert Kimbrough (Madison, WI)
Eileen LeFort (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Donald McPherson (Cleveland Heights, OH)
Tamaki Ogata (Los Angeles, CA)
John Owen (Los Angeles, CA)
Joe Palen (Minneapolis, MN)
Joyce & James Parkhurst (Bridgeport, CA)
Dru Sanders (Bellingham, WA)
Bill Sulzman (Colorado Springs, CO)
Two Maryland Doctors
Mary Van Evera (Duluth. MN)
James Wellman (Minneapolis, MN)
The Nuclear Resister began in 1980 to chronicle anti-nuclear and anti-war civil resistance, with a focus on supporting the men and women imprisoned for these actions.  The newsletter publishes writings from prisoners, reports on actions, trials and sentencings, provides addresses of imprisoned activists and publicizes future actions.
Nukewatch has a foundation of investigating and divulging the truth about nuclear weapons and power since 1979.  The organization has a strong history of drawing people together – from the missile silo fields, to H-bomb trucks on the highways, to a decade-long campaign shutting down the Navy’s Project ELF.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance works to stop nuclear weapons production at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and to build nonviolent community to sustain a lasting movement for peace and justice.
Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa
The Nuclear Resister
Bonnie Urfer and John LaForge

6 Responses

  1. wish I could be there. i hope there will be stuff on the web about it….

  2. Thanks Jack- will try to spread it around.

  3. Hiroshima 65 yrs.Later: The Wings of a Man & the Bomb Which Saved Thousands of Lives

    I placed the thing in my friends father’s hands. At 83 years old he served as a US Marine in the South Pacific during World War II. “There must be a story about these pilots wings” he said. They look ordinary enough, sterling silver US Army Air Corps wings from World War II. “They were given to my father personally by Colonel Paul Tibbets upon my father’s completion of flight training” I replied. Today my friend’s father is no less a Marine than he was at 18 so when his hands began to shake slightly as a well of tears formed I knew the power of a simple item. “That man saved my life and so many of my friend’s lives too” he continued. I told him these were the wings of a man, not a mission. A man trained as an engineer who led key parts of the US nuclear program. When Paul Tibbets gave his wings to my father he was the commander of Hunter AFB near Savannah GA; my Grandfather was the base Chaplain. They developed a close relationship both as officer to Chaplain and later as friends. By giving my father his wings Paul Tibbets was continuing a tradition he had been privy to–the passage of a personal item from a superior officer to an up-and-comer. It was never said whether these were the wings he wore when he piloted the Enola Gay over Hiroshima on Aug. 6th 1945.
    It doesn’t matter; they are the wings of a man, not a mission.
    “Countdown to Zero” a documentary film about the present dangers of nuclear weapons world wide exposes many disturbing and important facts. It also suffers a crucial flaw. It promotes philosophy that total disarmament of nuclear weapons is an urgent requirement for global security. It advocates that the United States lead the way by voluntarily divesting itself of nuclear weapons. This is a naive and dangerous position. Nuclear deterrence is based not only the possession of nuclear weapons but the perception that we will use them. Throughout the Cold War the fact that the US was the only nation which had actually used nuclear weapons was a strong deterrent. We do not live in a rational, tolerant world. Nations and rogue organizations abound who would readily attack the US and any whom the identify as being allied with the US using any weapon they could put together with nuclear weapons a prime choice. By taking the possibility of a counter-strike off the table we endanger the world and embolden radicals and the nations who support them.
    During the time of the anniversary of the only use of an atomic weapon in warfare we must remember that to get to the ideal world expressed in the philosophy of a ‘nuclear free world’ we must first survive.
    Some believe it would be easy for a rogue entity to attack the US with a nuclear device–this belief is flawed. We have the ability to detect and neutralize any device introduced. I have had the privilege of speaking to the people who would carry out such a search and neutralization. A rogue nuclear device perfectly shielded against detection (a nearly impossible technological challenge) would be ineffective. From my conversations with those involved in detecting and neutralizing nuclear devices I know we have specialized methods which would render the device ineffective. They use a low yield nuclear device to drive the hostile device deep into the earth before it could detonate above ground where it would cause the greatest damage. A small area of contamination would persist for a while. There might be some damage due to induced seismic activity too. But the fear of a multi-ton, above ground detonation incinerating time and again in pulses of sun-hot heat and producing a mushroom cloud is unfounded.
    The consequences to the attacker must be clear. ANY attack would result in the downfall of the attacker’s power structure and popular support. Every nuclear device has a finger print. We can identify the origin of a nuclear device in many ways.
    Let us use Iran as an example of a state which would transfer nuclear device to a rogue entity. Popular analyses assumes any nuclear response would devastate innocent populations. That is not true. We have nuclear weapons systems that can penetrate deeply before detonation. We would target known facilities causing them to collapse in upon themselves and propagate seismic events strong enough to damage key nearby facilities and literally shake the population without spreading the feared radiation and other aspects of a nuclear device detonated above ground.
    To deliver such a precise and effective response to an attack we must not only maintain a nuclear arsenal we must continue research into how to make each device smaller, more precise and safer both as long term storage and in how the device is managed and triggered. More now than during the cold war a nuclear deterrent must be part of the US posture. No one should be of the delusion that they can successfully deliver and detonate a nuclear device above the ground in the United States. Everyone who thinks they can must know with certainty that the counter strike would remove them from power by destroying their capabilities and enraging their population against them.
    A nuclear free world is a high ideal which if attempted unilaterally will not only fail but will actually embolden those who would attack anyone they decide is an enemy.

  4. Dear KEM:
    Thank you for your thoughtful and heartfelt response. Too often on both sides of the question the rhetoric does disservice to the validity of the argument.

    I haven’t seen the movie but I wouldn’t be surpised if it was simplistic in solution or blame – most times these kind of movies are.

    On the other hand, as you point out, it may help a mostly docile public become more aware of the threat of nuclear annhilation and poisons, and give the problem the concern it deserves (certainly more than Lady Gaga’s latest attire or Mel Gibson’s latest drunken gaffe)

    I can’t accept the “We” you use – like most people in the U.S. I feel only tangenitally American – I don’t trust the government, and frankly, when it comes to the history of the veracity of the U.S. government and military to be trusted and honest and forthcoming about issues like nuclear weapons and war, the track record is lousy.

    I could bore you with my own anecdotal experiences that have also helped to convince me that to put your faith in people in power in government and the military is a fool’s errand. But I think the people who made this film are to be commended in that they are not willing to abdicate responsibility to the power elite, “experts”…and research and think about the problem themselves.

    On the surface, what you say appears to be true, That is the argument, that “we” must possess these terrible weapons because “we” are the responsible ones. But again, what is the history of the U.S. in foreign countries? Benign? No. Responsible? Nuclear threat of U.S. I believe has less to do with keeping the world “free” than protecting the U.S. and world corporate business interests. The price we pay for being glutted in the U.S. with so many goods that keep us satiated but unhappy is the threat of nuclear genocide and the poisons (depleted uranium) that are its by/product.

    Look at depleted uranium carefully, and ask yourself “would I be happy with my loved one participating in the manufacture and use of such weapons?” and you may come to the conclusion that we have been and are using nuclear weapons as we speak (or type)….

    I think the first step is awareness, not a blithe disinterest by the public who put their trust in a military and government far removed from their lives.

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