Upcoming Nuclear Weapons Free World Events in New Mexico

June 25, 2010

It's that time of the year to mark the calendar for the following events in New Mexico that support a nuclear weapons free world:

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium and Las Mujeres Hablan are organizing a statewide gathering in Tularosa in support and remembrance of those who were exposed to the radiation released from the dropping of the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Test, near Socorro. On Friday, July 16, the Consortium will hold a candlelight vigil from 8 to 10 pm for those who have lost loved ones to cancer or are cancer survivors. On Saturday, July 17, the Consortium and Las Mujeres Hablan will hold an all day community gathering at the Tularosa Community Center, beginning at 9 am. Participants will have the opportunity to share their memories of the Trinity Test. They will learn also about the proposed amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which would cover those exposed to radiation from the Trinity Test. http://tomudall.senate.gov/?p=video&id=484 In addition, they will learn about the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval and Assessment Project, which documents the Trinity Test. www.lahdra.org

Pax Christi New Mexico will hold its annual Hiroshima Commemoration on Friday, July 30 in Santa Fe and Saturday, July 31 in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. This yearŐs theme is: "65 Years is Enough! Retire the Bomb!" The president of Pax Christi USA and auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Bishop Gabino Zavala, will speak on Friday, July 30 at El Museo Cultural, located at 1615 Paseo de Peralta, beginning at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, July 31 there will be training about nonviolence at the Santa Maria de la Paz Church, located at 11 College Avenue in Santa Fe, from 9 am to noon. At 2 pm at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos, the Annual Sackcloth and Ashes Peace Vigil will begin with prayer. According to the Pax Christi website, the participants will then walk along Trinity Drive and sit in prayerful silence in sackcloth and ashes for 30 minutes, and "repent of the mortal sin of war and nuclear weapons and beg the God of peace for the gift of total nuclear disarmament." For more information, visit www.paxchristinewmexico.org

Think Outside the Bomb, the largest youth-led nuclear abolition network in the U.S., is organizing Disarmament Summer, along with a Permaculture Encampment in Chimayo from Saturday, July 31 through Monday, August 9. In preparation, work weekends are scheduled for July 10 and 11 and July 24 and 25 to build structures, such as solar showers. For more information, visit www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org

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