Two Peaceful Trinity Test Demonstrations on Saturday, October 7th at White Sands Missile Range Entrances
Please join the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium for a peaceful demonstration to bring attention to the health issues resulting from overexposure to radiation following the Trinity atomic bomb test on July 16, 1946. On Saturday, October 7th, the Consortium will gather at two of the entrances to the White Sands Missile Range when the U.S. Army opens the Trinity Site for people from around the world to visit the radioactively contaminated site. http://www.wsmr.army.mil/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx
Beginning at 7:45 am, the Consortium will gather at the Tularosa Gate, located on the Tulie Gate Road, west of the Tularosa High School, for a one-hour peaceful demonstration.
Beginning at 9 am, the Consortium will gather at the Stallion Range Station on Highway 380, 12 miles east of San Antonio, for a three-hour peaceful demonstration. Please bring your own water, chair, hat, and a poster or sign.
On July 16, 1945, just before dawn, the U.S. government conducted the first test explosion of a plutonium bomb at the Trinity Site. Without warning, the 40,000 people living in the immediate vicinity were engulfed in a radioactive cloud that continued to rain down radioactive particles for days, weeks and months. The government packed their bags, turned their backs and walked away. For 72 years it has taken no responsibility for the health repercussions to those exposed.
The Consortium will provide information about their Health Impact Assessment that documents the harm done to those living downwind of the Trinity Site and their efforts to ensure that the Trinity Downwinders are included in the proposed amendments to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). In 1990, Congress passed RECA to provide medical care and compensation to those living downwind of the Nevada Test Site, another location used for testing nuclear weapons aboveground. RECA was amended in 2000. The Trinity Downwinders have never been included, even though over $2.2 billion has been paid in claims. https://www.justice.gov/civil/common/reca, https://www.justice.gov/civil/awards-date-09272017
The Consortium has documented the harm in its Health Impact Assessment, entitled, “Unknowing, Unwilling and Uncompensated: The Effects of the Trinity Test on New Mexicans and the Potential Benefits of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Amendment.” https://www.trinitydownwinders.com/health-impact-assessment
Tina Cordova, a co-founder of the Consortium, said, “Seventy-two years have passed. Now is the time for the U.S. Government to recognize those who were unknowing, unwilling, uncompensated, innocent participants in the world’s largest science experiment, who have been suffering in silence ever since the bomb was detonated. Our organization is revealing the rest of the story and the People are being made aware of the complete legacy of Trinity.”
For more information, please contact Tina Cordova at 505-897-6787 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Tulie Gate gathering, please contact Kathy Tyler at 575-585-2896. For information about the Stallion Range Gate gathering, please contact Louisa Lopez at 575-835-8146. TBDC Trinity Site Protest Fall 2017
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