Nuclear Heartland Book Tour 2016
Weds., March 2: DULUTH, MN
Holiday Center Downtown, 11:30-1:00; 207 W. Superior St, Duluth, MN
Sponsors: Veterans for Peace, Grandmothers for Peace
Thurs., March 3: MILWUAKEE, WI
First Unitarian Society, 7:00 p.m.
1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee, WI
Sponsors: Casa Maria Catholic Worker
Sun., March 6: KALAMAZOO, MI
Quaker Meeting House, 10 am
508 Denner St., Kalamazoo
Sponsor: Peace House Catholic Worker
Mon., March 7: OBERLIN, OH
106 King, Oberlin College campus: 4:30 p.m.
Kendal, Continuing Care Retirement Community (22 Kendal Dr.) 7:15 p.m.
Sponsor: Community Peace Builders, Oberlin
Weds., March 9: CLEVELAND, OH
John Carroll Univ., 5:30 p.m.
Donahue Auditorium, Dolan Science Center
1 John Carroll Blvd., University Heights, OH
Fri., March 11: WASHINGTON, DC
Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, 7:00 p.m.
503 Rock Creek Church Road, NW Washington, DC
Sun., March 13: BALTIMORE, MD
1301 Moreland Ave., Baltimore
Jonah House, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Mon., March 14: TAKOMA PARK, MD
Busboys & Poets: 7 to 9 p.m. (in the Nicolás Guillén Room)
235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC
Sponsors: Beyond Nuclear, FCNL, SOA Watch, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, PSR, Council for a Livable World, Nuclear-Free Takoma Park Committee, Peace Action
Fri., March 18: NEW YORK CITY
Mary House Catholic Worker: 7:00 p.m.
55 E Third St., East Village, New York City
Sun., March 20: BOSTON
Sponsors: Quaker Mtg., AFSC
Quaker Meeting House, 7:00 p.m.
5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA
Thurs., March 24: NEW YORK CITY
Unitarian Church of All Souls: 6:30 p.m. refreshments; 7:00 p.m. talk
1157 Lexington Ave, New York City
Sponsors: Physicians for Social Responsibility
Thurs., April 7: ST. PAUL, MN
Common Good Books, 7:00 p.m.
38 Snelling Ave South, St. Paul, MN
Sponsors: Veterans for Peace, Women Against Military Madness
Sun., April 10: UNDERWOOD, MN
206 N. Main St., Underwood, MN
Unitarian Universalist Church: 10:00 a.m.
Thurs., April 28: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Boneshaker Books, 7:00 p.m.
2002 23rd Ave S., Mpls.
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Action
Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima, Japan by the world’s first atomic bomb (and, three days later, Nagasaki, Japan), events in East Tennessee will join in solidarity with survivors of those bombings who say, “Never again.”
“It’s only about the past insofar as we don’t want to repeat it,” said Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance which is sponsoring a series of events beginning in early August. “Our main concern, shared with the people of Japan, is about the present and the future.”
The Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, will be a focus for OREPA’s events. Y12 produced the highly enriched uranium that fueled the Little Boy bomb that the United States used to destroy Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
In 2015, Y12 is still actively producing thermonuclear cores for US nuclear warheads and bombs under the “Life Extension Program.” The US is also spending hundreds of millions of dollars to design a new multi-billion dollar bomb production plant, disingenuously called the Uranium Processing Facility, to continue producing components for decades to come.
“The work at Y12 has been declared ‘Unlawful,’ by former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark,” noted Hutchison. “Clark was the Attorney General in 1968 when the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was signed, and he testified in federal court that the work at Y12 violates the spirit and the letter of that treaty.”
Events in August include:
Sunday, August 2: Putting the Bomb in its Historical Context: An evening with Gar Alperovitz, author of The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb. Location TBA.
Monday, August 3: Faith Leaders speak about the Bomb. Time and location TBA
Thursday, August 6: Names and Remembrance Ceremony, 6:00 – 9:00am, Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex main gate, intersection of Scarboro and East Bear Creek Road, Oak Ridge, TN
Friday, August 7: Nonviolence Training: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Knoxville, TN: Location TBA
Friday, August 7: Hungry for Disarmament: East Tennesseans will participate in a global fast for nuclear abolition. Details TBA.
Saturday, August 8: Hiroshima + 70: It started here; it should end here. Now. Concert for Nuclear Abolition, Alvin K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, TN: 11:00am – 1:30pm
Saturday, August 8: 2:00pm – March to Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex from Alvin K. Bissell Park; SAY NO TO THE UPF: Action for Disarmament at Y12.
Sunday, August 9: 8:00pm – Peace Lantern Ceremony; Sequoyah Hills Park, just off the parking lot at the west end of Cherokee Drive: Shadow puppets, music, peace lanterns.
Other events during the week are in the planning stages; they will be announced here, and details now marked TBA will be filled in as soon as possible.
All OREPA events are free and open to the public. All events are nonviolent in tone as well as action. No drugs or alcohol permitted. If you are not able to respect these guidelines, please do not attend the event.
Join Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, and Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Madison, Wisconsin to Volk Field, August 18-25
We will walk from the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wisconsin to Volk Field in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, about 90 miles. Volk Field is the home of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. This base trains pilots to remotely operate the "Shadow" drone by computer linkup. Drones of this type are used in conjunction with the U.S. Army and Marine Corps for reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting, and assessment.
We start from the Dane County Jail and end at Volk Field to underline the connection between the violence perpetrated by the drones indiscriminately killing people of color overseas and the militarization of our police forces at home where people of color are being killed through the use of police violence.
There will be a kick-off event on the evening of Monday August 17 in Madison. The walk will begin on Tuesday morning with a short program in front of the Dane County jail.
We will be walking through the beautiful, hilly Wisconsin countryside. The daily walks will range from 12 – 16 miles. We will take advantage of opportunities to share with communities we are passing through.
The walk ends on Tuesday August 25 with a vigil against drones at the gates of Volk Field. The Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars has been holding monthly vigils at the gates of Volk Field for 3 ½ years.
We hope you will join us for this crucial walk to ground the drones!
If you live in Wisconsin and would like to participate, provide housing, or organize meals and events, please contact Joy First at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 608 239-4327.
If you live outside Wisconsin and want to discuss participating in the walk, please contact Buddy or Carly at email@example.com or call 773-878-3815.