This year, youth around the world are on the move organizing for a nuclear free future. This summer, Think Outside the Bomb, the largest youth-led anti-nuclear network in the US, is organizing a global convergence near Los Alamos, New Mexico where the nuclear industry began.
Disarmament Summer is a cross-cultural alliance of youth working together to re-ignite hope from below and build a grassroots consensus-based nonviolent direct action movement. In partnership with the Tribal Environmental Watch Alliance, TEWA Women United, the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment, Products of Atzlan youth group, and the Southwest Indigenous Uranium Forum, we are committed to collective liberation, a sustainable future, and an end to the cycle of nuclear violence.
Despite receiving a Nobel Prize for envisioning a nuclear-free world, President Obama is investing $7 billion to construct 3 new bomb-making facilities in Los Alamos, Oakridge TN, and Kansas City MO. These facilities would quadruple our ability to make nuclear weapons. After a 30 year hiatus, the uranium industry has now applied to open or re-open 22 New Mexican mines, many on sacred sites, in direct opposition to a Navajo Ban. There are 30 applications for new nuclear reactors and the Obama Administration wants to underwrite at least three of them with our tax dollars.
There are no proposals to dismantle the thousands of existing US nuclear weapons, clean up their deadly legacy, or close the 250 abandoned uranium mines that continue to contaminate the air, soil, and precious water. Nor is there adequate health care or compensation for thousands of workers and their familiars who are sick or dying.
For too long, the US government and corporations have sacrificed the environment, health and well-being of indigenous and poor communities to secure access to resources through the threat and use of force. To create a nuclear-free future, we must undo the legacy of racism and violence.
You are invited. The TOTB conference will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico this July 30- August 9. For six years, Think Outside the Bomb has brought young people together to share resources, strategize collaboratively, and build a widespread movement for nuclear disarmament.
More than simply educating students on nuclear issues, TOTB aims to engage every single participant intellectually, emotionally, and personally. We seek to give each participant not only the inspiration to work for a nuclear-free future for the coming year, but the tools and skills to do that work and the opportunity and camaraderie to start this organizing.
TOTB conferences are uniquely organized almost entirely by youth and have proven to be life-changing experiences for the participants.
Attendees can expect to receive information and build skills during the conference to make their activism towards peace and justice in a nuclear-free world a reality in their communities and across the country. Emphasis is placed on training for direct political activism.
Those interested in attending this year's conference can get more information and apply at www.thinkoutsidethebomb.org.
P.S. Following the TOTB convergence, participants (and anyone else) are invited to board the "Peace Train" from Albuquerque to Kansas City to join the protest on August 14th and 15th against the new Kansas City Plant, where nuclear weapons components will be manufactured. Contact TOTB for more info...