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The Nuclear Weapons / Climate Change Connection - Dr. Robert Gould

September 7, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/fu7CQa5Onpw

Dr. Robert Gould, former head of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, explains why spending our limited resources on new nuclear weapons instead of on responses to climate change is an ecocidal scenario. Denuclearization and Decarbonization must go together. Dr. Gould was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California’s Livermore Lab, “Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today.”




We are Weavers of Life - Joanna Macy

September 7, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/vAvdEmxAo9w

Teacher, author and Buddhist scholar Joana Macy advocates for confronting the destructive force of nuclear weapons with the binding force of informed collective action. She was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California’s Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




Gardeners of the Global Vines of Peace - Carole Hisasue

September 7, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/fhKCE0b0LUM

Popular Japanese media personality and bi-cultural activist Carole Hisasue celebrates the worldwide network of people working for nuclear abolition. She was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California’s Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




Nuclear Weapons: Designed Today for Use Tomorrow - Marylia Kelley

September 7, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/5s3oFZjAyCI

Livermore Lab, along with Los Alamos, is where all America’s nuclear weapons have been designed. Now it will be a key hub in the creation of a coming two trillion dollar push to design a new generation of ‘low yield’ - and therefore ‘usable’ -nuclear weapons. Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, reports that 88% of the budget of the Department of Energy (DoE) will now be devoted to ’nuclear weapons activity.’ She reveals that Livermore has announced plans to blow up 1000 pounds of hazardous radioactive materials per day - up to seven thousand, five hundred pounds a year - at an open-air dumpsite in the nearby countryside. Her organization is working hard to block those plans and needs support and participation. She was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California’s Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




Nuclear States Must Disarm Together - Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka

September 7, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/f5hp8sM02SI

Atomic Bomb survivor Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka points to the hypocrisy of the U.S. - the only country ever to have used nuclear weapons - demanding that other states denuclearize. Nuclear abolition means, he says, that all nuclear-armed states must disarm together. Denuclearization begins at home. Rev. Hanaoka was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California’s Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




Korea's 'Separated Families' - Prof. Christine Hong

September 5, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/fnvYaVkUARA

Prof. Christine Hong - Univ. of CA, Santa Cruz - tells how U.S. policies have kept Korean families - and the two Koreas - separated for over half a century.

Prof. Hong was a featured speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California's Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




Before It's Too Late - Daniel Ellsberg

September 5, 2018
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YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_7HkZQryfVE

Author, Pentagon defense analyst and celebrated whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg explains why we must act as if it is not to late to save civilization from nuclear war and climate change.

Ellsberg was the Key Note speaker at the Aug. 6, 2018 rally, march and non-violent action commemorating the Atomic bombing of Japan at California's Livermore Lab, "Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki where new nuclear weapons are being created today."




The man who shouldn’t be here hopes to be heard

Monday, August 13, 2018
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By Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• He lived through Hiroshima bombing as an infant
• “How lucky for the ones who got killed instantly”
WITH VIDEO

There were many speakers at the 73rd anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb rally, held August 6 near the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where scientists create and test bombs. One stood out: He is a survivor of the most devastating bomb ever used in warfare.

The Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, an infant on that day the bomb was dropped in 1945, said his family was shielded by a mountain but radiation later caused the death of his mother, sister, and 30 years later, his brother.

“I’m here with a sense of urgency,” Mr. Hanaoka began, “now more than ever because we are going back to the Cold War era of the nuclear arms race. For a while we were moving in the right direction. Slowly but steadily we were disarming. But now we have a president who ordered the Pentagon to reestablish our nuclear superiority.

Watch his remarks here:
https://vimeo.com/284483265

The ordained United Methodist minister now lives in the pleasant San Francisco suburb of Daly City. Nearly threequarters of a century ago, his family was in a much different place.

“Seventy three years ago at 8:15 a.m., the first nuclear bomb detonated in mid-air over the city of Hiroshima and three days later, Nagasaki, Japan. The death toll from these two bombs reached a quarter million people by the end of that year.”

He told the audience the bomb was dropped on a parachute so that the pilots and crew would not be killed by the blast.

Then Mr. Hanaoka told how his fellow citizens died in three different ways. “First the blast knocked down almost every building in a two mile radius. People were crushed under the falling buildings and hit by flying debris.

“The blast was followed by an immense fireball. It kept growing and growing until it engulfed the whole city. The surface temperature of that fireball was 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is twice as hot as the surface of the sun. People touched by the fireball were vaporized.

“The nuclear radiation fallout of small, invisible particles spread into the atmosphere over the wider area, then came down with the rain.

“Do you know what that meant?” the minister asked the audience of more than 100 people gathered on a corner near the national laboratory.

“The air was contaminated. Water was contaminated. People who survived the initial impacts still had to breathe and drink. There was no way to escape the radiation.

“Fortunately, our family was living outside of the city miles away from the city limits. There were a couple of mountains inbetween that shielded us from the blast and fire. But within a few years radiation began to affect my family.

"People say it's like holding a time bomb inside them because you never know when you will get sick and die."

“When I was in the first grade, my mother died. As far back as I can recall she was in bed looking pale and weak. I knew she was my mother but I couldn’t even talk to her. I was scared.

“After that my sister died. She suffered from leukemia. Then 30 years later my brother died of ‘unknown causes.’ When they performed an autopsy on him, the doctor was shocked because his internal organs were those of an 80-year-old man. We suspected it had something to do with radiation.

“Nuclear bombs kept people suffering long after the end of the war. We still have friends who are still suffering. Once radiation is inside the body, it goes to the bone marrow. It destroys the immune system and makes people sick all the time just like with AIDS patients having HIV.

“People say it’s like holding a time bomb inside them because you never know when you will get sick or die.” He added, “Survivors call their lives ‘a process of dying a slow, painful death.’”

“Every time we get together, they say, ‘How lucky for the ones who got killed instantly because they were spared the long, miserable, painful suffering.’

“I’m fortunate to be here but a lot of people are not as fortunate as I am. After my sister died, my father was concerned about his loved ones dying one after another. He asked my sister’s doctor what is going to happen to his family? He was told, if I was exposed to the radiation like my mother and sister, ‘He may not live to see his 10th birthday.’

“I didn’t know how to process that information that I only had three years to live. I was just in the second grade. I was depressed, withdrawn and I lost my speech. I didn’t speak a word for two months. When my 10th birthday came, thank God, I was finally relieved.

“But then came the fit of survivors’ guilt. Why did such a loving mother, such a loving sister, have to die so painfully? And I, a good for nothing kid, am still alive?

“For a long time, I felt I had no right to be alive. I didn’t want anyone to live like this. Nuclear bombs are the most inhumane, immoral weapons of mass destruction — the most painful way to die.

Some Statistics About Nuclear Death

Mr. Hanaoka said the Hiroshima bomb was equal to a blast of about 15,000 tons of TNT. The largest, most powerful weapon today is a Russian bomb that is 15 megatons or 3,300 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, he said.

“Imagine what these new weapons can do to us. It would be global suffering,” he said.

The exact number of nuclear weapons in the world is an educated guess, since countries are loath to detail their inventories. But recently the cable news channel CNBC estimated the total at 14,500 held by nine counties. By Country:
• North Korea, between 10 and 20
• Israel, about 80
• India, between 120 and 130
• Pakistan, from 130 to 140
• United Kingdom, about 215
• China, perhaps 270
• France, about 300
• United States, around 6,550
• Russia, about 6,800

“If you are holding so much weapons, where your weapons are superior to the rest of the world, you have no right to demand other states such as Iran and North Korea to disarm. The only way to convince them to disarm is for all of us — all nuclear states — to disarm together,” the minister said.

“Ever since the end of the cold war we’ve been a bit complacent. But now we should start raising our voices as loud as we can,” Mr. Hanaoka said. “No more A-bombs. No more nuclear bombs. No more wars. Abolish these illegal weapons.

“50-megaton bombs will circle the earth 3.5 times spreading radiation all over the world. We can’t do that. So, my friends start demanding. Start raising your voices. Start acting. No more nuclear weapons.”



The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays – August 6, 2018

August 6, 2018
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The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays

TVC was featured on The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays. Click the link below to listen to the broadcast, the report on the August 6th protest starts at 37:22.

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Protest Planned At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

August 6, 2018
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Patch

The 'Action at the Lab' rally will be held near the laboratory's west gate.

LIVERMORE, CA — The Livermore Conversion Project is hosting an "Action at the Lab" rally this morning at one of the gates to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The annual protest, which includes a rally, march and action, is held on or near "Nagasaki Day" as a reminder of the Hiroshima bombing on Aug. 6, 1945.

Those who gather are encouraged to block the gate at the laboratory. Last year, about 50 protesters were arrested for trespassing, according to police.

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73rd Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima marked by protests at CA’s Livermore Lab

August 6, 2018
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KPFA: UpFront

7:35 Anniversary of the United States dropping the Hiroshima bomb on Japan. KPFA’s Carla West [@carlacwest] reports live from the March for Nuclear Abolition and Global Survival at the Lawerence Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory. Protesters gathered at Livermore Lab to demand a stop the creation of new and “more usable” nuclear weapons proposed by President Trump in his Nuclear Posture Review and fiscal 2019 budget, both released this year.

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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.

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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.


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