Events for 75th Anniversaries & the New Nuclear Arms Race
CCNS provides the following information about upcoming events in New Mexico to commemorate the 75 years since the U.S. atomic bombings at the Trinity Site in July 1945, and over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Additional events, including the Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race conference, in Maryville, Tennessee, May 22nd through May 25th, are opportunities to meet and learn from campaigners from around the world. Download the current events calendar: 2020 Events 1-27-20
Seventy-five years after the U.S. atomic bombings, the hands of the Doomsday Clock are now set at 100 seconds before midnight https://thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock/current-time/ , and the nuclear powers are engaged in a new nuclear arms race. The abolition movement is reviving, with new energy, new tools, and renewed commitment.
The Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race international conference will begin with dinner on Friday, May 22nd and end on Monday, May 25th with a trip to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a nonviolent demonstration against the nuclear weapons work at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex. Y-12 is an active nuclear weapons manufacturing facility that makes highly enriched uranium cores for the W76-2 warhead and is currently building a new bomb plant, the Uranium Processing Facility, to continue production for decades.
Workshop topics include, The Ban Treaty, Don’t Bank on the Bomb, Campus Connections to the Bomb, and Mayors for Peace.
The Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, Nukewatch, and the Nuclear Resister are hosting the conference. For more information, go to http://nukewatchinfo.org/stop_new_nuclear_arms_race/
In New Mexico, three national gatherings focused on commemorating the U.S. bombings will take place. The Veterans for Peace National Convention runs from August 5th through the 9th in Albuquerque. https://www.veteransforpeace.org/ The Upaya Zen Center holds its “Bearing Witness Memorial Sesshin: Marking the 75th Year Since the Nuclear Bombings” from August 5th through the 10th in Santa Fe. https://www.upaya.org/ The Campaign Nonviolence National Conference runs from August 6th through the 9th in Albuquerque. https://paceebene.org/cnvconference2020
Additionally, the public is invited to join the attendees for two commemoration events at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos.
First, on Thursday, August 6th, the day the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the public and conference participants will gather from 4 pm to 8 pm. Beginning at 5 pm, a rally is planned at the Main Stage with speakers, poets, and musicians.
Then, on Sunday, August 9th, the day the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, the public and conference participants will gather from 11 am to 3 pm. From 1 to 3 pm there will be a rally at the Main Stage with speakers, poets, and musicians.
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2. Sunday, February 9th at 11 am at Journey Santa Fe at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe – Joni Arends, CCNS Co-founder and Executive Director, will present “The Department of Energy’s Plans to Expand LANL and WIPP and What You Can Do.” We’ll have petitions & postcards you can sign. We’ll reference the 2020 Calendar of Events that are available here: 2020 Events 1-27-20 The event is free and open to the public.
3. Monday, February 10th, release of federal budget, including for the Department of Energy (DOE). To learn what to look for in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fiscal Year 2021 Nuclear Weapons and Cleanup Budget Request, check out the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s Media Advisory. http://www.ananuclear.org/ and scroll down the home page.
4. Tuesday, February 11th beginning at 11 am, we’ll deliver the signed petitions to the congressional offices in Santa Fe.
5. Wednesday, February 19th, from 5:30 to 7:15 pm, LANL will host an “Environmental Management Cleanup Forum about Legacy Waste at LANL,” at the Cottonwood on the Greens (golf course), at 4244 Diamond Drive. https://www.cottonwoodonthegreens.com/
CCNS has requested several times that LANL not hold public meetings at this location during winter as the parking lots is sloped and can be icy – thus creating a hazard and preventing public participation. CCNS has suggested that LANL winter meeting take place in Pojoaque – a centrally located area.
Topics include Cleanup: Big Picture and Near-Term Decisions with a Community Discussion and Q&A, along with a Poster Session from 6:45 to 7:15 pm. Download the event flyer: EM Cleanup Forum February 19, 2020_Agenda_V3
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