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March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival Livermore Lab, 8 AM on August 6, 2018

Monday, June 11, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar today for this major Rally, March and Nonviolent Direct Action on Monday, August 6th. Join us to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the site where new nuclear weapons are being developed for use today.

We will gather at Livermore Lab to stop the creation of novel, “more usable” nuclear warheads that the Trump Administration proposed in its Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released earlier this year. We will join millions of peace advocates around the country and the world on this memorable day to say “never again” to the use of nuclear weapons – and to call for their global abolition. Our keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and a consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Ellsberg recently released his critically acclaimed memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.

Click here for more information...


Snapshots of Tri-Valley CAREs at DC Days

Monday, May 28, 2018
Posted by the DC Days 2018 team of Marylia Kelley, Scott Yundt, Valeria Salamanca, Tricia Moore and Joseph Rodgers

Tired, but elated, Tri-Valley CAREs has returned from Washington, DC, where we participated with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in the network’s 30th annual DC Days. It was amazing, effective, inspiring - and a marathon - all at once!

Our team of five, including two young people, joined scores of ANA activists who, like us, are impacted by the Dept. of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons complex. Together, we conducted 100 meetings over the course of three days with members of Congress, key staff and senior administration officials.

Click here for the whole story...


Trump Budget Intensifies Nuclear Risks, Here’s How You Can Help

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Call Congress While Tri-Valley CAREs is in Washington, DC

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request to Congress rolled out from the Dept. of Energy (DOE) this spring. The federal fiscal year starts on October 1.

This article contains a summary of some of the key budget numbers, followed by our recommendations for action before Congress appropriates any money to fund it. We ask you to make calls on May 21, 22, or 23, while we will be in DC conducting meetings on these and related topics. The capitol switchboard number is at the end of this summary.

Click here to read the whole article...


TVC in DC Demands Cleanup, not Warheads

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

TRI-VALLEY CAREs WILL JOIN GROUPS ACROSS THE U.S. IMPACTED BY NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLLUTION TO DEMAND “MORE CLEANUP, NOT WARHEADS”

Livermore Lab Watchdogs to Meet in DC with Trump Administration and Congress

Five members of the nuclear weapons watchdog group Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) will join activists from 20 U.S. states in Washington, DC next week to challenge the Trump Administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review and its recommendation for four new warhead designs and the new plutonium and enriched uranium bomb plants to produce them.

“The fiscal year 2019 budget request advances nuclear bombs and production facilities for tomorrow while leaving our communities vulnerable to the radioactive and toxic poisons that are leaking into our environment today,” charged Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director, Marylia Kelley. “We will demand more funding for cleanup, not warheads.”

The Livermore, CA-based group will participate in the 30th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) “D.C. Days” from May 20 to May 23. ANA is a network of more than 30 local, regional and national organizations whose members live downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear weapons sites. Tri-Valley CAREs and other ANA groups will conduct scores of meetings with members of Congress, committee staffers, and top administration officials responsible for nuclear policies and budgets.

“I am traveling to our nation’s capital to convince decision-makers to secure a safer tomorrow for my community,” said Tri-Valley CAREs’ Outreach Specialist, Valeria Salamanca. “My top priority is to speak truth to power about radiation exposures and environmental degradation stemming from weapons programs at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and its high explosives testing range near my home in Tracy, CA,” she continued. Salamanca will meet with Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Tracy), among others.

Tri-Valley CAREs was founded in 1983 by neighbors and workers at the Livermore Lab, one of two locations in the country that designs every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile. The group has 5,700 members; most live near or work at the Lab.

“This event will feature a special 30th anniversary reception honoring members of Congress and others who have acted to constrain nuclear proliferation this past year,” noted Tri-Valley CAREs’ Staff Attorney, Scott Yundt, who serves on the national DC Days planning committee and will present an ANA award to Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Additional information about DC Days is available at www.ananuclear.org. Media are invited to the special 30th anniversary ANA awards reception on Tuesday, May 22. It will be held in the Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, from 6pm to 8pm. Honorees include Rep. Barbara Lee and Sen. Ed Markey.

The DC Days team members from Tri-Valley CAREs available for interviews in CA or while in DC are:

• Marylia Kelley – Executive Director - Livermore, CA
• Tricia Moore – Community Member - Livermore, CA
• Scott Yundt – Staff Attorney - Oakland, CA
• Valeria Salamanca – Bilingual Outreach Specialist - Tracy, CA
• Joseph Rodgers – Nuclear Policy Analyst - Sonora, CA and presently a Masters Candidate at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey, CA

CONTACT: Marylia Kelley, Executive Director, 925.255.3589 (cell), marylia@trivalleycares.org
Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, 415.990.2070 (cell), scott@trivalleycares.org
Valeria Salamanca, Bi-lingual Outreach Specialist, 209.601.8489 (cell), valeria@trivalleycares.org

More information about the group is available at www.trivalleycares.org

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Valley Air District to Host Public Hearing on Site 300 Permit Decision

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You will soon have an important opportunity to voice your concerns about bomb blasts at Site 300 directly to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD)!

Tri-Valley CAREs has been alerted that the air district will host a public hearing in Tracy and offer a public comment period after it releases its draft permit and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for Livermore Lab’s proposal to increase the size of its high explosives detonations in the open air at Site 300 near Tracy.

Click here to read more...


Statewide Coalition Opposes Bigger Bomb Blasts at Site 300

Monday, April 30, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

The California Environmental Justice Coalition is a broad, inclusive, grassroots coalition uniting more than 70 urban, rural and indigenous communities in resistance against environmental racism and injustice, and committed to environmental, social, and economic justice.

The CEJC passed a Resolution this month calling on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to deny Livermore Lab a permit to detonate toxic, open-air explosions at its Site 300 experimental test location near Tracy, CA.

to these proposed bomb blasts and the contamination they will spread.

Click here to read the Resolution and view the list of participating groups...


Tri-Valley CAREs’ Spring 2018 Newsletter, Citizen’s Watch

Tuesday, April 18, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

The Spring 2018 edition of Tri-Valley CAREs’ newsletter, Citizen’s Watch, is now ready for you to enjoy. This special, 14-page edition is chock-full of news, analysis, announcements, and upcoming actions.

The first PDF contains the 4-page newsletter and 8-pages of inserts (collated together). The 2-page petition in English and Spanish follows as a separate PDF.

SPRING 2018 CITIZEN’S WATCH

  • Trump Budget Intensifies Nuclear Risks. Page 1
  • Print Bites. Page 2
  • Your Gift, Doubled! Insert
  • “DC Days” Team Photos. Insert
  • August 6 “Save the Date”. Insert
  • Your Guide to the Nuclear Posture Review. Special 4-Page Insert
  • Petition to Air Board. Insert
  • Alerts 4 U. Page 3
  • Tell Air Board to Reject Bomb Blast Permit Page 4

For the first 12 pages of the newsletter, collated, click here

For newsletter pages 13 & 14 (petition in English and Spanish), click here


Strategy Forum: Stopping Site 300’s Proposal

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

We invite you to join us in Tracy, CA for an evening of action planning to protect our Valley air. While the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) continues to review Livermore Lab’s Site 300 air permit required for its proposal to increase the size of its toxic outdoor blasts, we must take action!

(To learn more about this issue and sign the petition to call on the SJVAPCD to reject the air permit required for Site 300’s proposal, click on the following link: https://www.change.org/p/reject-air-permit-for-hazardous-bomb-testing-in-california)

During this meeting, we will be hearing from the following speakers regarding updates and strategy planning:

  • Scott Yundt, Staff Attorney, Tri-Valley CAREs – Updates on Livermore Lab’s Site 300 Final Environmental Assessment and Response to Comments, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Process
  • Yvonne Eder, President, Indivisible Tracy – Discussion on Community Organizing
  • Eric Luna, IT Specialist, Tri-Valley CAREs – Social Media for Issue Advocacy
  • Valeria Outreach, Tri-Valley CAREs – Strategy Session, Q&A

Come learn about this urgent issue and how you can get involved!

For questions, contact Valeria, (209) 601-8489 or email valeria@trivalleycares.org
Hope to see you all there!


Tell the Air Board to Reject the Air Permit for Site 300!

Thursday, April 5, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

Have you signed yet? We ask you to sign the petition calling on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) to reject the air permit for large, open-air bomb detonations at Livermore Lab’s Site 300!

On February 22, 2018, Livermore Lab released a “Finding of No Significant Impact” for its proposal to increase the daily weight limit of explosives used in its outdoor toxic blasts from 100 pounds a day to 1,000 pounds a day AND increase the annual limit from 1,000 pounds a year to 7,500 pounds a year!!! To summarize, Livermore Lab Field Office assessed its own impact and gave itself approval to continue with the proposal.

Now more than ever, we, the community, must stand up and voice our disagreement with the proposal to the SJVAPCD. The SJVAPCD is the last barrier before Site 300 could have full permission to detonate toxic bomb blasts in the open air under the proposed action!

Click on the link below to sign the petition and share with friends! Thank You!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

To download petition in PDF form click here.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt


Livermore Lab Budget Request - More $ for Nukes

Friday, March 16, 2018
Posted by Scott Yundt

The Livermore Lab Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2019 was finally released in mid-March. The Chart above shows the Administration’s priorities in action at Livermore – more weapons. The overall budget request for the Lab increased $92 million over the 2018 request ($44 million over the 2018 Annualized Continuing Resolution).

But the real news is in how the money is being spent. Nuclear Weapons Activities total 88.6% of the Lab’s request. Within that, the “Directed Stockpile Work” at Livermore Lab is getting a 61% increase in the request over last year! The “Science” budget request is down by 27% compared to the 2018 request. “Energy Efficiency and Renewables” is down 28% from the 2018 request. While the “Non-Proliferation” and “Defense Environmental Cleanup” budgets received a slight increase, all other non-weapons programs were at the Lab were cut.

Livermore Lab is where the priorities of Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review hit the pavement and become the new nukes that are fueling a dangerous new arms race. Tri-Valley CAREs will be going to Washington, DC in May to stir up outrage in our elected officials about this budget and policy nightmare.

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Trump’s New Warheads and a Willingness to Use Them:
Key Policy Initiatives in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Posted by Kathy Crandall Robinson

On February 2, 2018, the Trump Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review. This document outlines the President’s U.S. nuclear weapons policy and strategy including:

1) The roles and purposes of nuclear weapons in U.S. security strategy;

2) The number and variety of U.S. nuclear weapons and plans for maintaining and upgrading nuclear weapons delivery systems and warhead production and infrastructure requirements, and;

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3) The approach to controlling nuclear threats and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons outside of the United States – arms control and nonproliferation.

Nuclear Posture Reviews reflect the policy and political perspectives of the President and the geopolitical environment of the moment. This NPR is brought to us by the same President who and has questioned why we couldn’t use nuclear weapons and on February 12, 2018 followed up his NPR with a statement that it is indeed his Administration’s intention to expand the U.S. arsenal “far, far in excess of anybody else."

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Click here for the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review...


Californians Have a Unique Opportunity to Take President Trump’s Finger Away from the Nuclear “Red Button”

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Many of you may be familiar with Rep. Ted Lieu’s bill, HR669, and its companion measure in the Senate, S.200. These bills would restrict the President's ability to launch a nuclear first strike on his sole, unchecked authority. Now we have a California measure, Assembly Joint Resolution 30, that if passed will throw our state's full support behind the national bills.

ACTION: Call, write or email your CA Assemblymember to ask him/her to join California Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) by supporting the Resolution she introduced, AJR 30. All of the info you need to take action is a quick “click” away.

CONTACT: The state has a great website at: http://assembly.ca.gov/
You can also go directly to: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

TALKING POINTS:

  • The President’s absolute nuclear authority is a direct threat to Californians. Moreover, it is dangerous and contrary to basic principles of democracy for a single person to be able to unilaterally launch a first strike with nuclear weapons.
  • Trump’s bellicose rhetoric directed toward North Korea could spark a nuclear exchange that could endanger California directly (along with our beautiful planet).
  • The California State Assembly can have a major impact and reduce the risk of nuclear war. Our state can set the example for others and send a strong message to Congress to pass HR669 and S200 to make California and the world safer.

For more information to inform your phone call, email or letter, here is an article from the Lake County Record-Bee announcing Assembly Joint Resolution 30.

Click here to read the whole story...


Groups Host an Olympic Closing Ceremony “Watch Party” to Call for Extension of the Olympic Truce

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Representatives of Bay Area peace groups, including Tri-Valley CAREs, will gather Sunday, February 25, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm to watch the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and call for dialogue and diplomacy with North Korea.

The watch party will take place at the Café Valparaiso, 1403 Solano Avenue, Albany, California. RSVP is required to Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation, at wslf@earthlink.net or to Marylia Kelley at marylia@trivalleycares.org. Media are encouraged to attend.

In November 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for an Olympic Truce, or a cessation of hostilities during the Winter Games, which gained the support of 157 Member States including both Koreas and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Japan, China, France and the United States. The truce period spans the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, from February 2 – March 25, 2018

Click here to read the whole story.


Daniel Ellsberg to Deliver Keynote Address at Nuclear Weapons Protest

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Mark your calendar for 8 AM Monday, August 6, 2018. Tri-Valley CAREs and hundreds of peace advocates from around the state will commemorate the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan at Livermore Lab, where the U.S. is spending billions to create new “more usable” nuclear bombs in accordance with the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review and budget.

The keynote speaker will be Daniel Ellsberg, perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He has been an analyst at RAND Corp. and consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. Daniel Ellsberg recently released his long-awaited memoirs, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.


Further Actions: Site 300 Proposed Bomb Blasts

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Posted by Valeria Salamanca

You are invited to join us in the next step in the process to stop Site 300’s proposal to increase toxic open-air blasts.

Over 2,000 public comments were submitted to Site 300 opposing the proposal this past December, including letters from the City of Tracy, and Tracy Hills, the new residential development closest to Site 300.

Right now, we are waiting for Site 300 to respond to the public comments and publish its final Environmental Assessment (EA) in the upcoming weeks. Upon the release of the final EA, Site 300 will request a permit from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD).

We must act and not simply wait! Tri-Valley CAREs has crafted a new petition (in English and Spanish) with a message to the SJVAPCD to reject the proposal. We need your help to distribute this petition to neighbors, family, and friends!

If you have any questions on the petition or how to get involved, feel free to email valeria@trivalleycares.org or call me (209) 601-8489.

Haga clic aqui para ver la petición en español.


An Overview of “Brand New” Nukes and the Budget

Monday, February 12, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Today, while his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget for nuclear weapons was being delivered to Congress, President Trump boasted: "We're increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon… We will have a nuclear force that will be absolutely modernized and brand-new.”

The Department of Energy (DOE) is the cabinet-level agency in charge of US nuclear weapons and the cleanup of contamination that comes with them, along with other programs. The DOE FY19 budget request is $30.6 billion.

The DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is the big budget winner. The President’s FY19 request provides $15.1 billion to create new and modified nuclear warheads and the bomb plants to build them in alignment with the recently released Nuclear Posture Review. This represents an increase of $2.2 billion (17%) over the current profligate annual spending level for NNSA.

Click here to read the whole story....


Half-Day Conference: Stop the War Machine

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Posted by Eric Luna

Tri-Valley CAREs’ Executive Director, Marylia Kelley, and longtime member Fred Norman, also active with Veterans for Peace, will be among the speakers at a half-day conference addressing the Military-Industrial Complex and its impacts on our people, communities and planet.

Our allies in the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace have joined together to organize this event from 1 PM to 5 PM on Saturday, March 17 at the Orinda Community Church.

The line-up includes eighteen internationally renowned speakers on US militarism and its consequences. Each will give an incisive presentation of 10 minutes max, giving participants bite-sized morsels of valuable information on myriad aspects of the war machine and ways to stop it. There will also be a chance to network informally and pick up a wealth of more detailed resources and literature.

See the flyer, below, for details


Ugly & Coming Monday: Trump's Nuclear Budget

Friday, February 9, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Here is a press release we just released along with our colleagues in the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. It is crafted to give reporters probing questions to ask DOE regarding the nuclear weapons and cleanup budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which is scheduled to be released on Monday by the President. We will provide additional analysis following its public release. Read on...

Click here to see our press release.


Saturday, January 27, 2018
Posted by Brendan Phillips

The specter of self-destruction once again looms over the world. Scientists associated with The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board have moved the Doomsday Clock’s hands to two minutes before midnight; an estimation of risk unsurpassed, even at the height of the Cold War.

Failure of world leaders, particularly within the United States, to effectively respond to new nuclear threats has made the possibility of a thermonuclear exchange far more likely. The current US president has repeatedly disparaged our allies while pursuing a policy of economic nationalism. In addition, our president has responded to North Korea’s nuclear testing with his own bellicose rhetoric; exacerbating an already pugilistic relationship between the two countries.

Click here to read the full Doomsday Clock statement of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Click here to read the whole story...


Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH.
Onward, together!

Monday, January 22, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

OAKLAND WOMEN'S MARCH, rallying for nuclear abolition with Ann, Valerie, Gail, Tavi, Lou, Rahul and friends. Here are a few pics from an amazing day. Onward, together!


Trump “Nuclear Posture” Approves New Warheads & Factories; Opens the Door to Testing

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Posted by Joseph Rodgers

On Saturday, Hawaiians received a notification of incoming ballistic missiles on their cell phones. It took 38 minutes for the false alarm to be rescinded. Thousands of Americans called their loved ones for what they thought to be the last time. In those 38 minutes, citizens of Hawaii experienced first hand the radical contingency of life in the nuclear era.

Three days before the Hawaii incident, the Huffington Post leaked a draft of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, a Pentagon document that dictates the overall strategy for United States nuclear forces.

The leaked document, which is rumored to be the final draft, demonstrates an aggressive shift from the Obama posture review by mandating “more usable” low-yield nuclear weapons, doubling down on building new bomb plants, and lowering the threshold to resume nuclear weapons testing.

Click here to read the whole story....

Click here to read the leaked draft Nuclear Posture Review.


Saturday, January 13, 2018
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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Prevent Open-Air Toxic Bomb Blasts at CA’s Site 300
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CLICK HERE to sign the petition.

Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment) calls all CA residents and environmentalists everywhere to sign our petition to prevent open-air toxic bomb tests.

1. Help us oppose a proposal by the Livermore nuclear weapons Lab to increase outdoor tests at its Site 300 from 100-pounds of high explosives daily to 1,000-pounds daily (10x).

2. Livermore Lab lists more than 120 hazardous poisons that will be in these huge outdoor blasts, including beryllium, vinyl chloride, phosphine, hydrogen cyanide, and dioxin to name just a few.

3. These tests are for nuclear weapons, according to Livermore Lab.

Site 300 is Livermore Lab’s high explosives testing range located in the hills a mere 7,000 feet from the City of Tracy. Site 300 is on the U.S. EPA Superfund list of most poisoned sites in the country. Open-air blasts there used radioactive materials, such as Uranium 238, without commencing the appropriate cleanup of the detonation area (firing-table). Therefore, the proposed larger detonations can re-suspend radioactive particles in the soils.

CLICK HERE to sign the petition today.

This petition will be delivered to:

* The photograph in this email is an actual open-air bomb test at Site 300. If you look carefully, you can see buildings that are dwarfed by the size of the detonation. The toxic materials drift on the wind.

Click here to read Tri-Valley CAREs’ 14-page comment letter opposing these open-air blasts.


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