Nukewatch is a Wisconsin-based environmental and peace action group, dedicated to the abolition of nuclear power, weapons and continued radioactive waste production. Nukewatch brings critical attention to the locations, movements, dangers, and the politics of nuclear weapons and dangerous wastes. Staff and volunteers advocate Gandhian nonviolence in education and action, and report on nuclear issues in the Nukewatch Quarterly newsletter.
Nukewatch began in 1979 in response to the cold war build up of nuclear weapons and the secrecy surrounding the nuclear industry. Nukewatch conducted TrackWatch; a program to monitor and expose secret shipments of radioactive waste on U.S. rails; TruckWatch, the transportation of H-bombs and component parts in unmarked trucks by the DOE; Nukewatch mapped all 1,000 land-based nuclear missile silos for educational and organizing purposes. Nukewatch has a long history of successful grassroots organizing across the nation.
Nukewatch organized -- for 13 years -- two to four activities each year at the Navy's Project ELF in northern Wisconsin in opposition to this first-strike nuclear war communication system. It closed on September 30, 2004.
Nukewatch monitors the transportation of radioactive waste around the country and around the world on an on-going basis.
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Nukewatch Testifies at Canadian Hearings on Great Lakes Nuclear Waste Dump:
On September 24, 2013, at the invitation of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Nukewatch's John LaForge joined dozens of citizens from Canada and the US in testifying against the Ontario government's consideration of plans to bury radioactive waste one mile from the shore of Lake Huron. Canada is the only country in the world studying such a risk so near to a body of drinking water. Public hearings were held in Kincardine, Ontario near the Bruce reactor complex, one of the largest in the world. John's full statement to the "Deep Geologic Repository Joint Review Panel" is posted as a Word document below as well as in full video form.
Disarmament Activists "Guilty" of Sabotage:
WRITE THE JUDGE regarding January 28 sentencing!
Dear Judge Thapar,
I write to you concerning the Transform Now Plowshares activists, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli, who, as you heard at trial, committed an act of nonviolent civil disobedience intended to awaken the conscience of the nation, with no intent to harm anyone. I am deeply disturbed that the government insists on describing the crimes they were convicted of as violent "terrorism." I share the frustration you voiced at trial that Congress would write a law which does not allow you to distinguish between peace activists and terrorists.
The three acted with a clear understanding of the illegality and immorality of nuclear weapons, and their responsibility under the Nuremberg Principles to uphold the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). As a ratified treaty, the NPT is constitutionally part of the supreme law of the land, and it requires every nuclear nation to completely dismantle their nuclear arsenals.
I urge you to consider a downward departure from the high sentencing guidelines for the three peace activists. Please use your judicial discretion to bring more justice to this situation. Recognize the three are not violent terrorists. They are nonviolent activists who followed the words of the prophet Isaiah to "beat swords into plowshares" in an effort to build a safer, more secure world for us all.
The Honorable Amul R. Thapar
c/o Professor Bill Quigley
Loyola Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice
7214 St. Charles Avenue
Campus Box 902
New Orleans, LA 70118
By John LaForge
Germany's Tornado jet fighter bombers (pictured) carry U.S. nuclear weapons -- the 'B-61 Mod 11' gravity H-bomb -- and German pilots are trained to drop them in the event of a presidential order.
WHATZ NATO EVER DONE?
By John LaForge