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“Livermore Protesters Worry About Nuclear War on A-Bomb Anniversary”

Picture is Dan Ellsberg

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Posted by Eric Luna

Pictured is Karen Topakian

The August 9 "March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival" was at once moving, solemn, joyous, powerful and timely - with the opportunity to address the US atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the context of Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea. One element of our August 9 program was the delivery to Livermore Lab of the "Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons" adopted July 7 at the United Nations by a vote of 122-1-1. Since the Lab director declined to accept it in person, the pages were strung across the West Gate, where peace advocates would soon risk arrest. There were about 250 people at the rally and 48 were peaceably arrested. Pictured is Karen Topakian.

Click here for the News article from SF Chronicle.

Click here to check out the NBC Bay Area TV spot, including interview with Shirley and others!

Click here to read the article by The Nation.

Picture is Marylia Kelley
Marylia Kelley addresses the crowd with information about the Lab's current plans to develop a new long range nuclear weapon to give this government every tool available. Are these the tools we need to build the world we want? - Karen Topakian

Press play to listen to UpFront's interview with Tri-Valley CAREs' executive director Marylia Kelley.

Takashi Tanemori-San, Hiroshima Survivor - calling out with great passion for peace, kindness and forgiveness in the world ... (rather than the perilous absurdity of "fire and fury") outside the US Nuclear Weapons Laboratory, Livermore, California. Annual Commemoration of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan - August 6th & 9th, 1945. - Claire Greensfelder

Press play to listen to the story by KPFA: The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays.

Video by Genta Yoshikawa


Photo gallery by Janie Kesselman

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“March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival”

Monday, July 10, 2017
Posted by Marylia Kelley

“March for Nuclear Abolition & Global Survival” is the theme for this year’s 8 AM August 9 (Nagasaki Day) rally, march and nonviolent direct action the gates of the Livermore Lab, where those who choose will peaceably risk arrest to say “Never Again!” to the use of nuclear weapons and to demand their irreversible and unequivocal elimination.

Daniel Ellsberg is confirmed as a keynote speaker. Ellsberg is the military analyst and whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers to the news media in 1971, an act that helped end the Vietnam War. He will discuss the book he is writing on U.S. nuclear weapons policy as well rising nuclear dangers in the era of Trump and the importance of speaking truth to power - and blowing the whistle on government wrongdoing!

We are also pleased to announce that Emma’s Revolution will perform. Emma’s Revolution is the award-winning, singer-songwriting duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O. The duo’s latest CD, “Revolution Now,” has been hailed as “Beauty, power and ferocity all mixed together with love and hope.” In the spirit of Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Pat & Sandy will bring their uprising of truth and hope to Livermore Lab.

Marylia Kelley will speak about the nuclear weapons programs taking place today at the Livermore Lab. She will also share insights into the negotiations at the United Nations leading to the overwhelming adoption of the “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” on July 7, 2017. Kelley and other NGOs participated in the UN forum.

The rally will feature additional musicians and speakers; we are in the process of confirming an address by a Hibakusha - survivor - of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which took place three days before the second atomic bomb was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan.

There will be ample free parking at the rally site on Patterson Pass Road near the corner of Vasco Road and just outside the Livermore Lab fence line. Vanpools will be available from the Dublin-Pleasanton BART (call 925-443-7148 to reserve your seat).

A Peace Camp will precede the August 9 rally for those who would like to enjoy time together at lake Del Valle Regional Park. RSVP is also necessary for Peace Camp at 925-443-7148.

See the 2-page flyer above for additional information.

Standing with Survivors of the Bomb in Livermore

Updated, Wednesday, August 16, 2016
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Approximately 200 anti-nuclear activists gathered outside the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab on August 9 to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki - and to stand with survivors of nuclear weapons from Hiroshima to the Marshall Islands.

Rally Video 1 (which was live streamed to Japan).

Keynote speakers included famed whistleblower and nuclear weapons analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, atomic-bomb survivor, Nobuaki Hanaoka, and Executive Director of Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, John Burroughs. Tara Dorabji with Tri-Valley CAREs gave the group a sense of place with her description of current nuclear weapons work at Livermore Lab, while Chizu Hamada drew links between the nuclear bomb and nuclear power. Jackie Cabasso, from Western States Legal Foundation, updated the crowd on the "Growing Dangers of Wars Among Nuclear-Armed States."

Rally Video 2.

The rally was followed by a march to the Livermore Lab main gate where peace advocates then staged a "die in" and had their bodies chalked on the roadway to symbolize the victims vaporized in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 45 peaceful protesters, including Ellsberg, chose to risk arrest for blocking the roadway at both the West and Main East Ave. Gates to the Lab.

Links to photos, news articles, video and radio broadcasts can be found below. We will continue to add links as additional materials become available.

These Full Rally Video was live streamed to Japan by IWJ (Independent Web Journal), SF office, Genta Yoshikawa.

IWJ's Rally Video Continued.

East Bay Times Op-Ed "Must demand that the nuclear arms states disarm" by Jacqueline Cabasso, Marylia Kelley and Tom Webb.

Click here to read the text of John Burrough's speech from the rally.

Click here to read the text of Jackie Cabasso's speech from the rally.

Click here to read the text of Tara Dorabji's speech from the rally.

Click here to read the text of Chizu Hamada's speech from the rally.

Click here for the Pacifica Radio Evening News segment and article about the event.

Listen to Marylia Kelley's live interview on KPFA Radio's "The Talkies" with Kris Welch. (Her interview begins at minute 4)

Click here to read an article about the event in Akahata newspaper (in Japanese)...

Click here for an article and video from the Central Valley Business Times.

Join us in Livermore on AUG 9 - the Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki

Act locally to support nuclear abolition globally

NOBUAKI HANAOKA, a Nagasaki A-bomb survivor, will share his experience and insights with us on Tuesday, August 9 at 8 am just outside the gates of Livermore Lab at the corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads. International lawyer, John Burroughs, will discuss the U.S. nuclear bomb tests detonated in the Marshall Islands and the Pacific Island nation’s courageous “Nuclear Zero” lawsuits against the U.S. and 8 other nuclear weapons states for their failure to disarm. Tri-Valley CAREs' Tara Dorabji will speak about Livermore Lab's nuclear programs. Additional speakers, music and drummers will be followed by a short march to the West Gate for a Japanese Bon dance and nonviolent direct action.

We are sorry to announce that Amb. Tony de Brum is ill and will not be able to join us on August 9. His daughter, Doreen de Brum wrote to us today, "It is with sincere regrets that my dad cannot come... Please extend his most sincere apologies to all who had counted on him and those who had looked forward to seeing him. This is one of those things we have no control over." We who know Tony deBrum personally understand how ill he must be. He is not a man who cancels lightly. We are sending him our best wishes for a full recovery. We will have a get-well card for participants to sign at the Lab on August 9. See you there!

On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8 AM there will be a major rally and march at Livermore Lab. We will gather at the corner of Vasco & Patterson Pass Roads in Livermore. Carpools are encouraged, and there will be plenty of free parking. Call us at (925) 443-7148.

The theme for this year’s commemoration of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan is “Disarm Now: We Stand with Nuclear Survivors for Global Justice.”

Wonderful musicians and drummers will be there, and friends from No Nukes Action will lead us in a traditional Japanese Bon dance at the Lab’s West Gate.

Livermore Lab is one of two facilities that have designed every nuclear weapon in the U.S. stockpile. Weapons scientists at Livermore are developing a new Long-Range Stand Off warhead for a new cruise missile to launch a radar-evading, sneak nuclear attack. By definition, this is a potential first-use warhead. Livermore Lab has also initiated other proliferation-provocative programs, including by conducting plutonium shots at its National Ignition Facility.

Peace Camp, held the night before the action, will take place on August 8th at the Del Valle Regional Park and Reservoir on Livermore. An RSVP to Tri-Valley CAREs is necessary to hold your reservation at the group campsite.