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Tri-Valley CAREs’ October Virtual Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday October 21, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 896 6392 2819 • Password: 673483

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 896 6392 2819 • Password: 673483




October Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 844 3939 3707 • Password: 976926

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

Remember, Your Voice is Power.

CLICK HERE "How to" in English

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Tri-Valley CAREs’ September Virtual Meeting

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday September 16, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 845 2384 3748 • Password: 469451

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 845 2384 3748 • Password: 469451




Tri-Valley CAREs’ August Virtual Meeting

Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday August 19, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 851 7861 1661 • Password: 763140

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 851 7861 1661 • Password: 763140




INVITATION

Mon., Aug. 9th – Nagasaki Day – 9 AM Pacific

We invite you to participate on August 9th at 9 AM Pacific in an amazing virtual rally with Nagasaki survivor, Nobuaki Hanaoka, Daniel Ellsberg, Nell Myhand, Tsukuru Fors, John Burroughs, Marylia Kelley, Marshallese climate activists and more! Betsy Rose, Benjamin Mertz, and Francis Wong provide the music.

We invite you

NOTES & LINK:

Northern California peace and justice groups planned this commemoration, which first ran on August 6 (see below) and will now run on August 9 in its entirety.

We had some technical problems on August 6 with the program’s live opening remarks at Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab. Among other things, Livermore Lab tried to drown out our opening with a lawnmower! But we brought truth and light and would not be “turned around” by garden equipment.

The problems have been fixed and we’re excited that the entire program will be rebroadcast at 9 AM on Monday, August 9 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB57nQAcSWQ

The August 9 program opens with “live” August 6 footage at the gates of Livermore Lab and continues with speakers and musicians who were prerecorded. A few of the opening remarks may be difficult to hear. Please listen carefully and stay tuned for the inspiring prerecorded session that follows.

The full program runs about 1 hour 50 minutes. Written transcripts will be available on our website soon.

Again, your August 9 link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB57nQAcSWQ

If you experience an issue with the link, no worries, we have a backup https://youtu.be/mK5vnrfQgrA

Here is the flyer with short bios and more info. Let us go forward, together, to the abolition of nuclear weapons. I hope to see you at the virtual rally on August 9.

For the planning committee,
Marylia Kelley
Tri-Valley CAREs

CLICK HERE for the pdf of the flyer





Join Us on August 6th and 9th

Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Posted by Marylia Kelley and Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Stand with the Hibakusha. Abolish nuclear weapons. You are invited to tune in and act for positive change!

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We invite you to participate in a virtual rally with Daniel Ellsberg, Nobuaki Hanaoka, Nell Myhand, Tsukuru Fors, John Burroughs, Marylia Kelley, Marshallese climate activists and more! Betsy Rose and Benjamin Mertz will provide the music. You will find more info, links, and bios in the flyer below.

The U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki seventy-six years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945. The nuclear explosions created shadows where there had been people. These nuclear shadows have been with us each day since, and they remain with us today.

On August 6 and 9, 2021 Tri-Valley CAREs and a coalition of Bay Area peace and justice groups will commemorate the past and act to change the future.

We ask you to join us on the commemorative date of your choice (rally program is the same both dates). We will be joined by a Hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) to say “never again” to nuclear devastation. And we will re-dedicate ourselves to the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

In a still-lingering time of Covid, this year’s commemoration will include a limited in-person program at Livermore Lab, one of two places where the U.S. designs all of its nuclear weapons. The live and virtual portions of the commemoration will be woven together into one experience for the viewer.

CLICK THIS LINK for August 6th.

CLICK THIS LINK for August 9th.

Click images to enlarge

CLICK HERE to download the front of the flyer

CLICK HERE to download the back of the flyer

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Every Day is a Good Day to Stop Nuclear Bombs

Posted on Monday, July 19, 2021
Posted by Marylia Kelley

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Dear members and friends,

Every day is a good day to stop nuclear bombs, but now is a particularly crucial time to support Tri-Valley CAREs’ work to abolish nuclear weapons globally and address the health and environmental harms that occur with nuclear development.

To commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and lift up the voices of the Hibakusha and other radiation survivors, Tri-Valley CAREs and allied groups are working mightily to put the final touches on a powerful program.

On August 6, and again on August 9, we will bring you a virtual rally featuring nuclear analyst and whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Nagasaki A-bomb survivor Nobu Hanaoka, and an amazing line-up of speakers and musicians dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Our “save the date” flyer is at http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/Save-the-Date-Aug-6-and-9-2021-FNL.pdf. Further, as a member and friend, you will soon receive the full rally program and links.

Tri-Valley CAREs also speaks truth to power with federal lawsuits to protect our environment.

Tri-Valley CAREs and allied groups filed litigation this summer to force the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to analyze the pollution that will happen nationwide because of the agency’s plan to manufacture plutonium bomb cores, or pits, at two sites – while also involving seven additional sites including Livermore Lab, which is developing the warhead (W87-1) that would require the new pits.

If we win the lawsuit, the government won’t be able to move full-speed-ahead with its plan to manufacture 80 or more plutonium pits every year. Instead, the DOE will have to undertake the program-wide environmental analysis that is at the heart of our litigation. And, importantly, DOE would be forced also to hold public hearings across the country.

You can find more at http://trivalleycares.org/new/Groups-File-Lawsuit-Over-Plutonium-Bomb-Core-Production.html. And, while you are on our website, cruise by our Press Room and see TVC “in the news” for local and national media coverage of the litigation.

As a unique organization, located at the place new warheads are being designed (Livermore Lab), we are building a strong grassroots movement to challenge the money that enables the weapons.

Here, too, Tri-Valley CAREs is seeing some success: the Biden administration’s fiscal 2022 budget request has just run into a sharp scalpel in the House appropriations subcommittee that has first crack at “marking up” the nuclear weapons numbers.

The House appropriations subcommittee zeroed out all funding for a new sea-launched cruise missile warhead (called the W80-Alt-SLCM, a Livermore Lab design). Further, the subcommittee refused to allot any funds to keep the last megaton-class nuclear bomb in the stockpile (called the B83, another Livermore Lab design). Finally, the subcommittee cut back the funds for development of a new strategic submarine launched warhead (called the W93, no lead lab assigned yet).

I am reminded of the poet Robert Frost, who wrote, “… I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” We here at Tri-Valley CAREs likewise have miles to go and promises to keep.

We will stay on the congressional budget processes and continue our strong advocacy to cut all funding for new warheads and bombs.

We will continue to stand with the Hibakusha and others worldwide to lift up the United Nations’ Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons alongside other measures to eliminate these horrific weapons – no exceptions!

And, we will pursue our plutonium litigation in the coming days and months; always demanding greater openness, public involvement, and environmental justice for all communities, like ours, downwind and downstream of nuclear weapons and other polluting industries.

This is the journey. We invite you to join us.

Your tax-deductible contribution now – in any amount right for you – is essential to our success.

If you would like to donate by credit card, click DONATE, and you will have a choice to use either Network for Good or PayPal. You may choose a one-time gift - or set up a regular giving amount. Whichever you choose, please know we honor your generosity!

If you prefer to donate by check, send it to our office at: 4049 First Street, Suite 243, Livermore, CA 94551. Your check in any amount will be appreciated - and put to good use!

Thank you for everything that you do to promote peace, justice and a healthy environment for all.

Peace,

Marylia Kelley
Executive Director,
Tri-Valley CAREs





Tri-Valley CAREs’ July Virtual Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday July 15, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 884 1850 0565 • Password: 721378

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 884 1850 0565 • Password: 721378




Groups File Lawsuit Over Plutonium Bomb Core Production:

Complaint alleges that the government’s refusal to review nationwide impacts of plutonium pit production is illegal

Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Groups File Lawsuit Over Plutonium Bomb Core Production

Today, a coalition of community and public interest groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). This legal action is prompted by the agencies’ failure to take the “hard look” required by the National Environmental Policy Act at their plans to more than quadruple the production of plutonium pits and split their production between the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

A plutonium pit is the heart and trigger of a nuclear bomb. Production involves the extensive processing and handling of extremely hazardous and radioactive materials. In 2018, the federal government called for producing at least 80 pits per year by 2030, including 30 or more at Los Alamos and 50 or more at the Savannah River Site.

The new plutonium pits are intended for the W87-1, a controversial new warhead under development at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Its novel design will necessitate new pits and require all of the cores manufactured at both production sites through 2038 or later, according to government documents.

Tri-Valley CAREs, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, and Savannah River Site Watch have reached out to DOE and NNSA on more than six occasions since 2019 over the legal requirement for a nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement, or PEIS, and public hearings before expanding the production of plutonium pits in NM and SC. On March 22, 2021 government lawyers sent a final letter of refusal to undertake the necessary environmental review.

Joining as a co-plaintiff in today’s lawsuit is the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, founded by Queen Quet, the Chieftess and head of state for the Gullah/Geechee Nation. The acclaimed South Carolina Environmental Law Project is representing the four organizations.

The litigation seeks to force the government to involve the public in the review and decision-making process and to evaluate the environmental impacts of the significantly altered pit production plan, including the environmental justice implications for the many underserved communities that are located near these facilities. A PDF of the Complaint is at https://bit.ly/3y93yUW and also linked below.

Leslie Lenhardt, staff attorney for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, said, “It is imperative that NNSA correct glaring environmental-review deficiencies and conduct a thorough programmatic EIS on the impacts of pit production across the DOE complex.”

Jay Coghlan, Executive Director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, commented, “NNSA has tried four times to expand plutonium pit bomb core production, but failed each time due to overwhelming citizen opposition. NNSA is now cutting the public out by refusing to complete nation-wide review of expanded pit production for controversial new-design nuclear weapons. We file this lawsuit to enforce the legal right of citizens to speak out on the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars that will be squandered in the new nuclear arms race.”

Tom Clements, director of SRS watch, in Columbia, S.C., said, “DOE’s rushed planning to unnecessarily expand nuclear bomb production has already resulted in a massive cost increase and significant delays in the SRS plutonium bomb plant. While more delays and cost increases appear likely, it is essential that DOE slow down and comply with requisite environmental laws before jumping into ill-conceived plans to expand plutonium pit production which would be a key part of a dangerous new nuclear arms race.”

Marylia Kelley, of Tri-Valley CAREs in Livermore, Calif, charged “NNSA’s refusal to undertake a programmatic review of its pit production plan is intended to allow the agency to dodge analysis of reasonable alternatives. For example, LLNL’s W87-1 design is driving both the schedule and ‘need’ for expanded pit production. The warhead’s novel design features are elective; a refurbishment option could meet stockpile requirements without necessitating expanded pit production. NNSA is robbing the public of its right to comment on alternatives, yet those of us in frontline communities will bear the brunt of this refusal. It is workers and the public who will suffer the risks of accidents, spills, leaks, radioactive exposures, and the production and transportation of plutonium wastes.”

Click here for slides from today’s press conference.

Click here for a link to watch the press conference

Click here for the 43-page Complaint





July Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Friday, June 18, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 822 2732 4231 • Password: 469347

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

Remember, Your Voice is Power.

CLICK HERE "How to" in English

CLIC AQUÍ "How to" en Español





International Nuclear Weapons Spending Analyzed in New Report

Posted on Friday, June 11, 2021
Posted by Scott Yundt

International Nuclear Weapons Spending

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) issued a new report entitled Complicit: 2020 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending that outlines the $72.6 billion spent by the nine nuclear weapons states on their nuclear weapons programs during the 2020 pandemic.

The country by country details provide a grim picture of increasing budgets to fund new generations of nuclear weapons. The report also sheds light on the numerous private weapons contractors that profit off of the nuclear weapon largess from these countries and the huge amounts these companies spend on lobbying to keep the largess coming. This creates what the authors have deemed,” the nuclear weapons complicity cycle.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the United States spent by far the most on its nuclear arsenal in 2020. The report finds that The United States spent $70,881 every minute of 2020 on nuclear weapons, for a total of $37.4 Billion in 2020.

The report further points out that the nine nuclear weapons states found they had more than $72 billion on hand for their weapons of mass destruction in 2020, $1.4 billion more than 2019, despite the global pandemic. The report illustrates the how these governments are putting these weapons and their corporate benefactors before the needs of their people.

ICAN is a global campaign working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN is comprised of more than 600 partner organizations (Tri-Valley CAREs included) in over 100 countries. More information about ICAN can be found at www.icanw.org.

To read the Executive Summary CLICK HERE.

To download the Full Report CLICK HERE.

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Tri-Valley CAREs’ June Virtual Meeting

Posted on Monday, June 7, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday June 17, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 822 4729 6139 • Password: 120489

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 822 4729 6139 • Password: 120489



Tri-Valley CAREs’ Analysis of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request, Part One…

Careening Over the Nuclear Precipice
Careening Over the Nuclear Precipice:
New Warheads in the First Biden Budget

Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2021
Posted by Marylia Kelley

Over the course of four years, the Trump Administration increased funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to redesign nuclear weapons by a whopping 50%, resulting in less money for domestic programs on the one hand and the escalation of a perilous global arms race on the other.

Now these decisions belong to a new President, Joe Biden. Granted, he has a lot on his plate. Still weapons of nuclear mass destruction capable of ending life as we know it in a single afternoon should command serious attention. President Biden has promised a new nuclear posture review, to begin soon. Yet his first budget request to Congress continues the dangerous arms racing of his predecessor. All of the new warheads in the Trump posture review and budgets are fully funded in the fiscal 2022 request. Further, a city destroying, megaton-class bomb whose planned retirement was blocked by Trump gets a Biden infusion to keep it in the stockpile.

The Biden budget request went to Congress on Friday, May 27, 2021. The Department of Energy and its NNSA did not post the budget book containing the warhead numbers until late that evening, around 7pm. In media parlance, when a government agency does that it’s called “taking out the trash,” which means making an announcement at a time not likely to be noticed – such as late on Friday before a holiday weekend. Worse, some of the Department’s budget books are still not posted as of today (Saturday), including the volume detailing Livermore Lab’s budget.

In this analysis, we offer insights into the funding to develop three dangerous, wrongheaded new warheads: the W87-1 to sit atop a new land-based ICBM, the W93 to be coordinated with the UK, and a warhead based on a still-evolving air-launched cruise missile design that will be launched from attack subs and, perhaps, surface ships. We will also cover some NNSA top line numbers and the money to sustain the B83 in the arsenal.

Top Line: Priority Change Needed

The fiscal 2022 request for the NNSA is $19.7 billion, a small increase of about $11 million over the current fiscal year. However, this request is nearly $3 billion above the fiscal 2020 request, which in turn was higher than in fiscal 2019, and so on. Tri-Valley CAREs had hoped to see the Biden budget truly trim the excess and not merely tweak the amount of increase.

Within NNSA, the lion’s share of the budget is for the line item called nuclear Weapons Activities. The fiscal 2022 request contains $15.5 billion for this single line item. Weapons Activities is the budget line that funds new warheads and the bomb plants to produce them. Notice that $15.5 billion subtracted from $19.7 billion leaves only a tad over $4 billion for the rest of NNSA including Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, which gets about $2.3 billion. A change in priorities is needed.

The W87-1: Costly and Dangerous

This will be the first new-design warhead with wholly new components to be developed since end of the Cold War and the cessation of nuclear explosive testing in Nevada. It is intended to replace the W78, and will sit atop a new ICBM, called the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile. The W87-1 is a main driver for expanded plutonium pit production because it is being designed with a novel core that will require new pit production.

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report detailed serious problems with this warhead and pegged its cost and desired features at about $15 billion. Cost overruns are likely to add billions more.

The Biden budget offers this new warhead program more than $690 million for fiscal 2022. This is precisely the same amount that the Trump budget had projected. No cut here. It’s also about $150 million more than fiscal 2021, an increase of nearly 28%. According to the Biden budget, this funding boost will allow the W87-1 to move into “Development Engineering” (called phase 6.3).

The budget contains a number of passages that hint at how truly novel this warhead is. To cite one example, the W87-1 certification rests on a whole new suite of technologies called “Enhanced Capabilities for Subcritical Experiments (ECSE).”

Subcritical tests are conducted in underground chambers at the Nevada Nuclear Security Site, previously known as the Nevada Test Site where more than a thousand above and below ground full-scale nuclear tests were detonated before 1992. Subcritical experiments use weapons grade plutonium but the small amounts involved do not reach a self-sustaining “critical” fission chain reaction, or nuclear explosive yield. They may, however, go up to that bloody edge.

ECSE is intended to increase the diagnostics capabilities for these tests – and to allow more of them to occur. According to the budget request, the W87-1 will require ECSE and include at least one subcritical nuclear test as part of its certification. One concern of Tri-Valley CAREs’ is that if there are certification difficulties due to the novel nature of the W87-1 it will increase pressure to conduct a yield-producing nuclear explosive test, an event that would lead to other nuclear-armed states, including Russia, China, India and Pakistan, quickly following suit. The escalation of nuclear dangers in that event cannot be overstated. This warhead development scheme should not move forward.

The W93: For What Purpose?

This is a new-design submarine-launched warhead that lacks justification. U.S. nuclear class submarines patrol with two designs, and both have been upgraded recently. The W93 was not funded until fiscal 2021, when it received $53 million for initial studies. The Biden budget contains $72 million for the W93, an increase of $19 million or nearly 36%.

We can’t talk about the W93 without discussing the UK. The United Kingdom’s nuclear capability contains a single sub-launched design based on a U.S. warhead. Recently, the UK announced plans to increase the “ceiling” for its stockpile. Tri-Valley CAREs has questioned the extent to which the UK’s needs underlie the sudden plan for NNSA to create this new W93 warhead.

The fiscal 2022 budget request contains some interesting answers to our question. In discussing the W93 Concept Assessment, the budget states that the UK “is participating as observers in the US W93/Mk7 warhead program.” And, in the subsequent budget section subtitled Stockpile Major Modification, it states U.S. weapons designers will “coordinate with the UK on their Replacement Warhead.” This begs the question of why U.S. taxpayers are funding this warhead.

Moreover, the U.S. and the UK are bound by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which prohibits this kind of nuclear sharing. While there is a bit of complicated history here, one has to ask if this latest collaboration in the W93 program goes beyond the pale. The W93 should be abandoned.

The SLCM Warhead: Cold War Redux

This new warhead is a product of the Trump nuclear posture review of 2018, which proposed bringing back nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). This weapon type was removed from service and placed into storage by President George H.W. Bush circa 1991. In the decades since U.S. attack subs and surface ships have carried conventional, but not nuclear, weapons - and the old SLCM warhead has been retired.

While a new nuclear SLCM concept was studied in the closing months of the Trump Administration, a wholly new warhead for this old Cold War mission shows up in the Biden budget as the W80-4 ALT-SLCM. The designation W80-4 means that this new warhead will be based on the design chosen for a new air-launched cruise missile capability, which is still under development at NNSA. The Biden budget allots $10 million to jumpstart development the W80-4ALT-SLCM rather than cancel it altogether as a bad idea inherited from the prior administration.

The B83: New Money for an Old Relic

The B83 is the last U.S. megaton-class nuclear bomb, certified to have a variable (adjustable) yield of up to 1.2 megatons. One megaton is the explosive equivalent of one million tons of TNT. This Cold War relic was developed in the late 1970s and put in the stockpile in 1983. Until Trump’s nuclear posture review changed its course, the B83 had been slated for retirement.

Without explanation, the Biden budget request includes “sustainment” funding to keep the B83 in the stockpile at a cost of more than $98 million in fiscal 2022. The budget specifies that to extend its service life the B83 will require two alterations (Alt 753 and Alt 353) during the fiscal year - specifically for a new neutron generator and a new tritium (radioactive hydrogen) reservoir, respectively. Instead, these funds should be used to retire this bomb.

Conclusion

These nuclear weapons are but one part of a so-called “modernization” scheme to redesign and rebuild the entire U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, including warheads, production plants and delivery vehicles, i.e., missiles, planes and ships. The overall financial cost over 30-years will be upwards of $2 trillion (and more if you count likely cost overruns).

Last week the Congressional Budget Office released its revised near-term cost estimate for “modernization.” The CBO report stated that the costs have risen $140 billion, or 28%, to $494 billion for the 2019 to 2028 timeframe that CBO originally studied. It’s notable that this steep rise has occurred in the single year since the last CBO report. What does it portend for the coming 30-years?

Moreover, the direct financial costs of U.S. nuclear weapons do not tell the whole story. Included in this story are the costs to communities when health care and other needs go unmet. (For example in this pandemic U.S. nuclear weapons did not save a single life – nor will they in the next similar crisis.)

Nor can dollars alone account for the proliferation costs of U.S. nuclear weapons. These costs may be extreme. As Tri-Valley CAREs celebrates the entry into force this year of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and promotes its vision, we note too that U.S. nuclear “modernization” spending has helped catalyze each of the other nuclear-armed states to upgrade its nuclear capabilities too.

Our global, and domestic, future hangs in the balance. If the Biden Administration wants to “Build Back Better” following Covid-19, it must not blindly retain the Trump nuclear policies and budgets. Presidential attention is needed now. The announcement of a new nuclear posture review to be undertaken in the future is welcome, but the NNSA’s nuclear weapons budget request that has just been released is where the “rubber” of U.S. policy meets the “road” of new warheads and new dangers. The NNSA weapons budget must be cut now.

Note: This is Tri-Valley CAREs’ fiscal 2022 budget analysis part one. Part two will cover the NNSA’s new bomb plants, with a focus on expanded plutonium pit production and other new weapons complex infrastructure schemes. Part three will cover the fiscal 2022 budget request for Livermore Lab in detail.

Stay tuned. And do use the information we offer to accelerate your advocacy.

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June Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 832 7450 8584 • Password: 622864

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

Remember, Your Voice is Power.

CLICK HERE "How to" in English

CLIC AQUÍ "How to" en Español




Join Us on August 6 and 9

Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis and Marylia Kelley

The U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki seventy-six years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945. The explosions created shadows where there had been people. On many levels nuclear shadows have been with us each day since, and they are with us today.

On August 6 and 9, 2021, Tri-Valley CAREs and a coalition of Bay Area peace and justice groups will commemorate the past and act to change the future.

We invite you to join us. We will stand with Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) to say “never again” to nuclear annihilation. And we will dedicate ourselves to the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

This year’s event will span both anniversary dates; there will be a short program at 9 AM on August 6 and a longer one at 9 AM on August 9 (all times local). This year’s commemoration will be a “hybrid” event, featuring a virtual rally with music and speakers and a limited in-person program at Livermore Lab, one of two places where the U.S. designs all of its nuclear weapons.

Planning for these August peace events is ongoing. Visit our website regularly for updates. And “save the date” today. Here is our initial announcement. Feel free to download and share with others who may be interested.

CLICK HERE for a PDF in English

CLICK HERE for a JPG in English

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Tri-Valley CAREs Zooms into Washington, DC

Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021

Posted by the TVC DC Days team: Marylia Kelley, Raiza Marciscano-Bettis, Scott Yundt, Mary Perner, Inga Olson and Pam Richard

A team of advocates from Tri-Valley CAREs is Zooming (literally) into Washington, DC this month to participate in “DC Days,” an annual event that draws organizations from across the nation whose members are directly affected by nuclear weapons and the health and environmental consequences of their production.

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Your favorite Livermore Lab watchdog group is pressing federal lawmakers to prioritize toxic cleanup and public health while saving billions by terminating ill-conceived new nuclear weapons programs.

Tri-Valley CAREs and allied organizations drafted a new report, “Safety, Security, and Savings” to serve as the cornerstone of our 2021 advocacy. Each Biden Administration official and member of Congress with whom we meet gets a copy – and so do our members and friends (see below). The report includes a series of fact sheets and recommendations covering new warheads, bomb plants, nuclear waste, cleanup, and more.

“DC Days 2021” is hosted by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, a network of three-dozen groups whose members live around U.S. Dept. of Energy sites, including active nuclear weapons facilities such as Livermore Lab. Tri-Valley CAREs has been an ANA member group since 1989, and its executive director, Marylia Kelley, currently serves as president of the ANA board of directors.

CLICK HERE for the full report.





Tri-Valley CAREs’ May Virtual Meeting

Posted on Friday, May 7, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday May 20, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 833 4057 9427 • Password: 919768

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 833 4057 9427 • Password: 919768



Good Friday at LLNL 2021

Posted on Monday, May 3, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Listen to Marylia Kelley, Executive Director of Tri-Valley CAREs, talk at the West Gate of the Livermore Lab about the importance to change U.S. policy by stopping the further development of nuclear weapons.

Livermore Lab’s most recent federal budget shows that more than 85% of its Department of Energy funding is used for nuclear “weapons activities.” For comparison, less than 2% of the funding is allocated for “science.” And, less than 1% of its budget is for research into “energy efficiency and renewable energy” sources. It is safe to say that Livermore Lab’s central role in driving a new and dangerous global arms race.

Marylia Kelley invites you to take this journey with Tri-Valley CAREs and millions of peace advocates, to take effective actions and work tirelessly to change the future for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

To read Marylia Kelley’s talk CLICK HERE.

To listen to Marylia Kelley talk CLICK HERE.

To listen to the entire event go to: https://youtu.be/7RpZgZ6X99k

GOOD FRIDAY 2021 AT LIVERMORE LAB




May Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Monday, April 26, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 811 1493 0084 • Password: 085043

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

Remember, Your Voice is Power.

CLICK HERE "How to" in English

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Groups Notify Biden Admin of Impending Lawsuit Over Nuclear Bomb Core Plans

Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Groups Notify Biden Admin of Impending Lawsuit Over Nuclear Bomb Core Plans

Multi-state coalition says DOE’s plans to massively expand plutonium pit production violate a major environmental law and constitutes an environmental injustice.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A coalition of public interest organizations notified (PDF below) the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) urging a comprehensive review of plans to vastly ramp up production of nuclear bomb cores at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

In Tuesday's letter to department officials, the groups say this lack of review violates the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and would saddle already-burdened communities nearby the two DOE sites with significant quantities of toxic and radioactive waste, contravening President Biden’s executive order of making environmental justice a part of the mission of every agency.

“The federal government appears ready to embark on this significant change in U.S. nuclear policy without studying the cross-country risks and environmental justice impacts, which indicates that the health and safety of workers and downwind and downriver communities are not worth the consideration or protection they deserve,” said Leslie Lenhardt, a staff attorney for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, a law firm representing the coalition.

The organizations listed in the letter include Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, The Imani Group, Honor Our Pueblo Existence, Tewa Women United, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Savannah River Site Watch and Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment.

The latter three groups intend to file an action pursuant to NEPA within 60 days if DOE and NNSA fail to reconsider its decision. The nuclear watchdogs have reached out on more than five occasions since 2019 to DOE and NNSA over the necessity of a broad, nationwide programmatic environmental impact statement, or PEIS, of producing the nuclear weapon triggers, also known as plutonium pits, at the two sites. In its March 22, 2021 correspondence (PDF) with the groups, NNSA said it has no plans to revisit its review of pit production, relying instead on a supplemental analysis of an outdated PEIS completed more than a decade ago, along with a separate review done for the Savannah River Site alone.

The coalition has numerous concerns, including the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars on the line, uncertain future radioactive waste disposal that could strand yet more plutonium in South Carolina, and the risk of lethal accidents, fires, radioactive and hazardous waste releases that could harm the predominantly low-income and African American communities near the Savannah River Site and the Pueblo communities and other minority populations living around the Los Alamos National Lab.

Beata Tsosie, Environmental Health and Justice Program coordinator for Tewa Women United, commented, “It is clear that communities impacted by nuclear colonialism need healing, strength and restorative justice. We know that the environmental violence our land-based and Native Peoples, ecologies and waters continue to endure from nuclear contamination will not end until the harm stops. It is imperative that the Biden Administration conduct a nationwide public review of its plans for expanded plutonium pit production that give affected communities a real voice in fighting for true environmental justice. It is our right that a commitment is made to get this done.”

Marian Naranjo, founder of Honor Our Pueblo Existence, said: “The Los Alamos National Lab is located on a geographically unsafe area for the work that transpires there, a place that is and has been considered as Sacred to Pueblo People since time immemorial.”

Tri-Valley CAREs’ director Marylia Kelley highlighted the national implications of NNSA’s decision to expand pit production. “The driver for the program is a novel warhead, called the W87-1, under development at California’s Livermore Lab that requires wholly new components including pits. The W87-1 and a new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent missile to carry the warhead are both under scrutiny in Congress and within the Administration, which is just beginning its nuclear posture review. NNSA should conduct the necessary programmatic review to help inform these important decisions rather than try to outrun them.”

“To compound the lack of a thorough system-wide analysis of disposal of waste streams from pit production, the politically motivated Environmental Impact Statement on SRS pit production unacceptably waves off Environmental Justice issues without even so much as a cursory analysis,” noted Tom Clements, director of SRS Watch. “There is urgent need for preparation of a PEIS that does not marginalize environmental justice issues as a tactic used to justify a second factory to produce plutonium components for provocative and costly new nuclear weapons.”

Jay Coghlan of Nuclear Watch New Mexico commented, “Instead of maintaining the safety and reliability of the existing nuclear weapons stockpile, NNSA may actually undermine it because all future pit production is for speculative new-design nuclear weapons. This is a colossal and unnecessary waste of taxpayers’ money on top of already wasted taxpayers’ money.”

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The South Carolina Environmental Law Project protects the natural environment of South Carolina by providing legal services and advice to environmental organizations and concerned citizens and by improving the state’s system of environmental regulation. Contact: Leslie Lenhardt, (843) 527-0078, leslie@scelp.org

Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety is a 33-year-old non-governmental organization, based in Santa Fe, NM. CCNS works to inform and educate the public, elected officials and the media about DOE activities in New Mexico—at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant—impacting public health, water, air and lands. Contact: Joni Arends, (505) 986-1973, jarends@nuclearactive.org

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions envisions a world without militarism or systemic violence, with just, healthy, secure, and sustainable communities, and in which Georgia is a leader in regional, national, and global movements. They are an independent, community-driven, grassroots, woman-led organization that works on environmental justice issues as they relate to impacts of nuclear projects at the Savannah River Site, including plutonium pit production. Contact: Janie Scott, (404) 524-5999, janie@georgiawand.org

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition operates in accordance with the mission of the Gullah/Geechee Nation to preserve, protect, and promote their history, culture, language, and homeland and to institute and demand official recognition of the governance (minority rights) necessary to accomplish our mission to take care of our community through collective efforts, which will provide a healthy environment, care for the well-being of each person and economic empowerment. The Gullah/Geechee Nation spans from North Carolina to northern Florida and receives the downward flow of the Savannah River, which brings its benefits and also could bring disastrous impacts to a community that relies so closely on the water. Contact: Queen Quet, gullgeeco@aol.com

The Imani Group is a Graniteville, South Carolina non-profit founded by Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins Boseman in 2004, to address criminal and environmental justice, as well as youth development. As the founder she has served on the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site’s Citizen Advisory Board and works to address environmental issues at the Savannah River Site and other sites affecting underserved communities. Contact: Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins Boseman, bjboseman@theimanigroup.org

Honor Our Pueblo Existence is a nonprofit organization based in Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, immediately downwind from LANL. We embrace the Pueblo teachings of love, respect and care, working together to improve the life ways of our people in order to provide an enhanced and sustainable environment for generations to come. Contact: Marian Naranjo, (505) 929-2151, mariann2@windstream.net

Nuclear Watch New Mexico’s mission is to: promote safety and environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities; mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs; greater accountability and cleanup in the nation-wide nuclear weapons complex; and consistent U.S. leadership toward a world free of nuclear weapons. Expanded plutonium pit production will have adverse environmental justice impacts given that the population within the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory’s 50-mile radius Region of Influence is largely People of Color. Contact: Jay Coghlan, (505) 989-7342, c. (505) 470-3154, jay@nukewatch.org

Savannah River Site Watch monitors a host of projects at SRS from the public interest perspective, with a focus on cleanup of existing waste and plutonium management and pit production. We are attentive to health and safety impacts, especially to workers and populations near to the Savannah River Site and are very concerned that NNSA has summarily waved off reviewing the probable environmental justice impacts from plutonium pit fabrication to minority populations living at the fence line. Contact: Tom Clements, (803) 834-3084, tomclements329@cs.com

Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. Our Environmental Health and Justice Program integrates body, mind, and spiritual awareness into environmental justice advocacy, policy change, and community education while uplifting Indigenous and land-based families and oppressed Peoples to build grassroots leaders and community capacity. Contact: Beata Tsosie-Peña, 505-747-3259, beata@tewawomenunited.org

Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment is a non-profit founded in 1983 by frontline residents around the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to conduct research, analysis, education and advocacy regarding the environmental justice, health and proliferation impacts of LLNL in California and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex of which it is an integral part. Contact: Marylia Kelley, (925) 255-3589, marylia@earthlink.net

Additional Links:

Here is the "letter of intent to sue” to DOE/NNSA: https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5f2c352f324853b8b51c50db/607f1b8d3dcd9e7a6132fb05_4-20-21%20NEPA%20pit%20correspondence.pdf

Here is the attorneys’ (SCELP) webpage dedicated to legal info related to our case https://www.scelp.org/cases/plutonium-pits

Here is an article on the pending litigation by Sammy Fretwell at The State (newspaper) http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/Minorities-threatened-by-atomic-weapons.html

Para leer esta información en español HAGA CLIC AQUÍ





Legislation to Stop New Missile and Livermore’s W87-1 Warhead

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA-Silicon Valley) have introduced a bill to defund the Pentagon’s development of a new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) and Livermore Lab’s development of a wholly new warhead that would sit atop the missile.

The Bill is called the Investing in Cures Before Missiles (ICBM) Act.”

Instead of investing in a new and lethal ICBM, called the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) missile, this legislation would send the money instead to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to fund development of a universal coronavirus vaccine to save lives.

Further, the bill redirects funds from Livermore’s W87-1 warhead to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention to research and combat emerging infectious diseases.

The bill would also prevent any new funding for the GBSD missile or W87-1 warhead in the fiscal year 2022 federal budget.

The bill number in the Senate is S.982.

Alongside Ed Markey, Senators Chris Van Hollen, Bernie Sanders, and Jeff Merkley are co-sponsors. Our California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are not yet on the bill. Please call and/or email their offices and ask them to co-sponsor this important measure to enhance our real security.

In the House it’s H.R.2227.

Alongside Ro Khanna, CA Representatives Barbara Lee and Jared Huffman are co-sponsors. If one of them is your Rep., please thank him or her. Otherwise, please call and/or write your member of Congress and ask him or her to co-sponsor the bill. And, don’t forget to say that you would like a response, including any action your Rep. takes on this bill.

Additional co-sponsors of H.R.2227 to date are Rep. James McGovern, Mark Pocan, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Cohen, Raul Grijalva, Jesus Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

More information can be obtained at congress.gov.

CLICK HERE for a one-page “ICBM Act” factsheet from Rep. Ro Khanna and Senator Ed Markey.

CLICK HERE for the text of the “ICBM Act.” Text is the same for S.982 and H.R.2227.

Legislation to Stop New Missile




Biden Budget Lacks Specifics; Full Request Delayed

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Biden Budget Lacks Specifics

The Biden Administration released its top line numbers for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2022, which begins on October 1, 2021. This is sometimes called a “skinny budget” because it lacks detail.

Here is our analysis of the military portion. Overall, the Biden budget request fails to curtail the excesses of the Trump years.

The President’s budget request for National Defense, called 050, covers Pentagon spending as well as Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear weapons programs. It has a top line that represents a 1.7% increase over the current fiscal year and stands at a whopping $753 billion.

The increase prompted Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) to note acerbically, “We cannot best build back better if the Pentagon’s budget is larger than it was under Donald Trump.”

Indeed, the Trump Administration and Congress increased the Pentagon budget by $133 billion. Moreover, the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget rose 50% during the Trump years. Think about that: 50%.

Regarding the DOE and its nuclear weapons programs, the top line number proposed by Biden is upwards of $46 billion for fiscal 2022, about 10% more than the current fiscal year’s appropriation.

Because Biden’s top line budget lacks detail, we can’t say exactly how much of the $46 billion is being requested for new warhead programs. Similarly, we cannot yet tell you what Biden’s proposed funding level will be for cleanup of contaminated nuclear weapons sites, including Livermore Lab.

We can tell you that the Biden budget will support ongoing nuclear “modernization” programs, including infrastructure at the National Nuclear Security Administration.

The 58-page skinny federal request (see below in PDF) has 2 pages for DOE, and says: “The discretionary request supports a safe, secure, and effective nuclear stockpile and a continued modernization program that includes the recapitalization of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s physical infrastructure and essential facilities to ensure the deterrent remains viable…”

In plain language, this means billions will be requested for new warhead designs and new bomb factories to build them.

That said the President’s budget request is just that. However much influence the chief executive may wield, the constitution gives to Congress the authority of the purse. Congress authorizes spending levels and appropriates the funds for them.

It is up to us to make our voices heard. The full fiscal 2022 President’s budget request will be sent to Congress in the coming months. It had been scheduled for an early May release and is now rumored to be slipping toward June.

As soon as it is available, Tri-Valley CAREs will dive into its thousands of pages and bring you the key nuclear weapons details to help inform your advocacy.

In the mean time, there are bills being introduced in Congress to curtail some nuclear weapons programs in advance of the specific budget numbers.

For example, there is a bill recently introduced in the House (H.R.1554) and in the Senate (S.595) to stop the development of a new nuclear-armed sea launched cruise missile and its associated warhead.

Plus, there is another important bill just introduced in the House (H.R.2227) and in the Senate (S.982) that would defund a new land-based ICBM, called the GBSD, and its new warhead, the W87-1 under development at Livermore Lab.

The authors of these bills are seeking additional cosponsors, and your Senators and Representatives can be contacted with the request that they do so.

You can get more information at congress.gov (type in the bill numbers). Tri-Valley CAREs is also posting summaries and the full text of the bills at trivalleycares.org.

CLICK HERE for the 58-page skinny budget (Note: DOE is 26 pages from the front).





Good Friday at LLNL 2021

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

On Friday April 2nd, 2021, activists in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered for an ecumenical Good Friday service of worship and witness focused on the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab. Most folks participated virtually rather than in person.

This year we celebrated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This treaty entered into force on January 22, 2021, after it reached ratifications from more than 50 countries.

Marylia Kelley, Executive Director and co-founder of Tri-Valley CAREs, addressed the gathering from the West Gate of the Lab, as scientists and support workers entered to start the morning’s work. Tri-Valley CAREs monitors nuclear weapons and the environmental consequences of nuclear development throughout the U.S. nuclear weapons complex with a special focus on Livermore Lab and the surrounding Northern CA communities.

Marylia Kelley described nuclear weapons programs happening right now at the Livermore Lab. She illuminated the role and importance of peaceful witness at this site, where nuclear weapons of mass destruction get more than 85% of its Department of Energy funding. She noted the budget line is explicitly titled, nuclear “weapons activities.” Further, less than 2% of the funding is allocated for “science” and less than 1% of its budget is used for research into “energy efficiency and renewable energy” sources.

Rev. Michael Yoshii, pastor of the Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, California, gave an introduction and thanked respective organizations for the ongoing work of monitoring, education, and advocacy towards nuclear disarmament. Rev. Yoshii spoke movingly about the Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) and the ongoing work for peace.

We also listened to beautiful music from Betsy Rose and Benjamin Mertz. Carla De Sola brought to us liturgical dance and Jackie Cabasso spoke on how we can work to make the prohibition of nuclear weapons the world-wide standard and how to hold our country to that standard.

To read Marylia Kelley’s talk CLICK HERE.

To read the sermon by Rev. Michael Yoshii CLICK HERE.

Mark Coplan has posted his photographs on-line: www.flickr.com

CLICK HERE for an excellent news article about the Good Friday service, written by Marilyn Bechtel.

Good Friday Outcome





Tri-Valley CAREs’ April Virtual Meeting

Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday April 15, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 811 1309 3235 • Password: 193130

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 811 1309 3235 • Password: 193130




Tri-Valley CAREs Meeting Agenda
April 15, 2021 • 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

ZOOM LINK IN THIS E-NEWSLETTER AND ON OUR WEBSITE www.trivalleycares.org

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Tri-Valley CAREs Meeting Agenda

- Introductions (5 min.)

- Biden’s Top Line Military & Nuclear Budget Release: What’s in it; What’s Next? (10 min)

President Biden released top line numbers for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2022, which begins on October 1, 2021. Funding for civilian programs gets a boost in the request. However, the Biden “National Defense” budget fails to curtail the excesses of the Trump years. We will discuss what’s in the Pentagon request and in the Department of Energy nuclear weapons budget. The administration promised a full budget request (with the all-important line-item details) later this spring. And, the congressional authorization and appropriations process are just beginning for fiscal 2022. Come and learn how to make your voice heard.

- Legislation Introduced to Constrain Nuclear Weapons and Change U.S. Policy (15 min.)

  • Rep. Joe Courtney introduced H.R.1554 to prohibit funding for a nuclear armed-sea launched cruise missile and its associated warhead. Presently it has 12 cosponsors. Sen. Chis Van Hollen introduced S.595 in March 2021 for the same purpose. Presently it has 9 cosponsors.

  • Rep. Ro Khanna introduced H.R.2227 to prohibit funding for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent Missile and its W87-1 warhead. Presently it has 13 original cosponsors. Senator Ed Markey introduced S.982 in March 2021 with 3 original cosponsors for the same purpose.

  • Today, Rep. Adam Smith is set to introduce legislation to declare, “it is the policy of the U.S. to not use nuclear weapons first “[aka NFU policy]. Senator Elizabeth Warren is poised to offer a companion bill in the Senate. We will discuss these and related bills that have been introduced or are being considered by various members of Congress.

- Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons; What’s Next? (10 min)

Early this year the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force and became part of international law. We will discuss next steps - and some upcoming initiatives our members are invited to join, hosted by networks in which we play an active role – Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, the Back from the Brink Campaign, and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. We will also discuss the TPNW interface with the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the NPT’s planned review conference at the UN in NYC this August (to be held if safe).

- Plutonium Pit Production (10 min)

The productions sites chosen to produce 80 or more pits per year are the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico. The plutonium pits to be produced are expressly for a novel warhead that Livermore Lab is developing, called the W87-1. We have news to share about our campaign to prevent expanded pit production. In particular we will discuss the legal implications of President Biden’s “executive order” on Environmental Justice and how we are seeking to enforce it in connection with the agency’s refusal to do needed environmental review before going full-steam ahead with its dangerous plans.

- Planning Outreach Events/Zoom (10 min.)

Tri-Valley CAREs is planning for the following events: 1. A virtual DC Days with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability scheduled for April 28th through May 15th. 2. A Hiroshima-Nagasaki rally on or around August 6 at Livermore Lab (likely virtual/hybrid), 3. Outreach for the NNSA/Livermore Lab release of its draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (announced for late spring/early summer). We will plan a Zoom on what’s in the draft SWEIS. 4. A Zoom session on the full Biden budget when it’s released; probably May or early June.

Additional Notes:

  • Next Tri-Valley CAREs LTE party will be Thursday, May 6th at 5:30 pm. Zoom link will be in your electronic newsletter and also posted at www.trivalleycares.org

  • Next monthly meeting will be Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 pm. Zoom link will be in your electronic newsletter and also posted at www.trivalleycares.org

  • Our blog on the 2021 Good Friday event, held virtually with some of us speaking from Livermore Lab, is posted. We will be adding links for additional talks and video as we get them at www.trivalleycares.org




Good Friday, April 2, at Livermore Lab

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Good Friday

You are invited to the annual Good Friday interfaith service of worship and witness to be focused on the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab.

You are invited to join virtually (see below for how to get the link). Some of the speakers, including Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley CAREs, will present from the Livermore Lab West Gate.

WHEN: Friday, April 2 at 8:00 AM. (There will be opening music starting at 7:45 am.)

WHERE: Go to: www.epicalc.org for a link to the virtual event.

The Good Friday witness at the Livermore Lab began in 1983, and has continued annually. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was mostly virtual, and this will apply also for 2021.

This year we will celebrate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is the treaty we celebrated January 22 when it reached enough ratifications to enter into force. The latest count is 54 "states parties" (nations that have ratified or acceded).

The Ecumenical Peace Institute (EPI) organizes the annual Good Friday rally and service. All people of good will are invited to participate.

This year’s preacher will be Rev. Michael Yoshii. Betsy Rose and Benjamin Mertz will give us music. Carla De Sola brings us liturgical dance. Marylia Kelley will tell us what the Lab is doing to design nuclear weapons. Jackie Cabasso will speak on how we can work to make the prohibition of nuclear weapons the worldwide standard and how to hold our country to that standard.

According to EPI, “Our preacher, our scripture, our dance, our music, our speakers and our prayers will raise in our hearts and spirits the dedication to indeed beat our swords into plowshares.”

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April Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Monday, March 29, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 821 8562 2638 • Password: 511830

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

Remember, Your Voice is Power.

CLICK HERE "How to" in English

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Nuclear Ban Treaty: a Moment Becomes a Movement

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

On January 22, 2021 the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons entered into force and became part of international law. Across the U.S. and around the globe, people celebrated this historic moment.

And took action: at nuclear weapons sites, military bases, financial institutions, corporate offices, universities, congressional offices, town squares – in cities and towns and everywhere in between.

It was a moment. Now we are making it a movement.

This inspiring 5-minute video is created from actions photos celebrating the Ban Treaty’s “entry into force day” at more than 70 locations, including Livermore Lab.

The slides are accompanied by the sound of church bells ringing in Tucson and Yusuf/Cat Stevens singing Peace Train at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize concert.

We invite you to watch the video… and to join us in the joyous, and essential, work ahead to move the U.S. and the world to the abolition of all nuclear weapons – no exceptions.

https://vimeo.com/515883787

#NuclearBan. Thank you TVC board member Kala Hunter for the photo shown…

Nuclear Ban Treaty: a Moment Becomes a Movement

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Tri-Valley CAREs’ March Virtual Meeting

Posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday March 18, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 811 5564 4457 • Password: 233705

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 811 5564 4457 • Password: 233705





Ending Nuclear Weapons…

Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

On January 22, 2021 the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force, enshrining the illegality of nuclear weapons under international law. The TPNW is binding on the countries that signed and ratified it, and more countries are joining and strengthening its norms even as we write this.

The U.S. and other nuclear-armed states boycotted the negotiation and adoption of the Treaty by 122 countries at the United Nations in 2017. Now that the Treaty is formally in force and part of international law, how can we in civil society seize this moment and help move the U.S. and the world to eliminate nuclear weapons?

Tri-Valley CAREs will be involved in analysis and action toward this goal on a regular basis. We invite you to join us.

One good place to plug-in is by registering for a webinar put together by the U.S. Back from the Brink Campaign and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel peace prize in 2017 for its actions to bring the TPNW to fruition. Tri-Valley CAREs is a longstanding member in both coalitions.

The webinar, which will feature interactive workshops, is titled “Ending Nuclear Weapons Before They End Us.” Its subtitle centers us in this task: “Opportunities Under the Biden Administration to Take Action.”

It’s being held on Thursday, March 4th at 11 AM Eastern - which is 8 AM Pacific Time. We know it’s early for us Californians, so bring your coffee and/or breakfast foods.

The flyer and schedule are below. More information and the registration link are at: https://preventnuclearwar.org/end-nuclear-weapons-before-they-end-us/

Register today. We’ll see you there!

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March Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

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Veterans for Peace to Host TPNW Talk

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs’ executive director will be the guest speaker on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6pm to discuss the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Hosted by the San Diego Veterans for Peace, the talk will cover the treaty’s legal provisions and the process of its negotiation and entry into force as well as the role for U.S. peace advocates in promoting its aims and standards to create real policy change in this country and globally.

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 813 0870 8250 • Password: 403391

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Tri-Valley CAREs’ February Virtual Meeting

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday February 18, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 876 9487 5419 • Password: 567442

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Biden Should Review Risky Plutonium Plans, say Attorneys & Groups

Posted on Friday, February 12, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Celebrating the Treaty

As you know Tri-Valley CAREs and colleague groups undertook numerous efforts during the Trump Administration to stop its proposal to expand plutonium “pit” (bomb core) production.

The productions sites chosen to churn out 80 or more pits per year are the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and the Los Alamos Lab in New Mexico. The plutonium pits to be produced are expressly for a novel warhead that California’s Livermore Lab is developing, called the W87-1.

Today’s blog brings you new information on our campaign.

One prong of our campaign is to force the National Nuclear Security Administration to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires that the agency undertake a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) before proceeding with expanded pit production at two locations.

In this endeavor, we are particularly happy to announce a new association with the much-respected South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP). The three groups retaining the firm are Tri-Valley CAREs, Nuclear Watch New Mexico and Savannah River Site Watch. Here, for your reading pleasure, is our – and SCELP’s - opening salvo to the new Biden Administration asking them to review and reject decisions made by the Trump team.

FIRST, here is a link to today’s news release on the pit issue…

"Biden Administration Asked to Review Plutonium Pit Expansion Plans" Our new legal counsel at SCELP posts it at https://www.scelp.org/news/biden-administration-asked-to-review-plutonium-pit-expansion-plans

You can also find a copy on our website at http://www.trivalleycares.org/new/TVC-press-releases.html

SECOND, I am pleased to say that one prominent news organization has already published a story. More articles are expected to follow…

The State (in Columbia, So. Carolina)

“Atomic weapons plan risky for SC, lawyers say. Noted legal service joins fray” By Sammy Fretwell, February 12, 2021

A South Carolina legal service has joined the fight against an atomic weapons components factory at the Savannah River Site, raising the possibility that environmental groups will sue the federal government to stop the effort.

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project, a non-profit service with an extensive court record, outlined concerns about the factory in a letter this week to the U.S.

Department of Energy. The letter called the proposed factory risky and in need of further study.

At issue is a proposal to build a nuclear weapons pit plant that would use plutonium, a deadly long-lived radioactive material, at the Savannah River Site.

The pit factory would produce potentially thousands of jobs, but is drawing opposition from environmental groups in South Carolina, New Mexico and California.

Savannah River Site Watch, Nuclear Watch New Mexico and Tri-Valley CAREs recently retained the Environmental Law Project. They say pit factories are expensive, unnecessary, needlessly threaten the environment, and could leave unused plutonium stranded in South Carolina and New Mexico.

President Joe Biden’s administration needs to be “aware of the serious environmental and human health risks associated with a significant expansion in pit production,’’ according to a letter written Wednesday by law project attorney Leslie Lenhardt to the energy department.

Nearly a dozen key members of Congress were copied on the letter, including Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of South Carolina and Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, D-New Mexico.

Plans call for producing 50 pits a year at SRS on the site of a failed mixed oxide fuel plant near Aiken not far from the Georgia border. Another 30 pits would be produced each year at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos, N.M., site.

The government says the factories would provide fresh pits to replace the aging ones now used in nuclear weapons, while also providing the stockpile to produce a new type of atomic weapon. Boosters say pit factories are vital to the nation’s defense, although not everyone agrees.

Opponents are asking the government to conduct an extensive study, called a programmatic environmental impact statement, before moving ahead with the effort. Such a study would be more comprehensive than past studies, likely delaying the pit production effort. They are concerned that more than 7 tons of plutonium could be brought to SRS after the state negotiated a deal to rid the site of stranded plutonium.

No decision has been made on whether to file suit because opponents of the pit factories hope the Biden administration will reverse course and scrap the long-discussed proposal. Plans to build the SRS pit factory, on the table since the 1990s, resurfaced while President Donald Trump was in office.

“We would like to avoid a lawsuit, so now the door is open to negotiation with DOE,’’ said Tom Clements, who heads Savannah River Site Watch. “I hope they will step through that door and talk to us.”

If not, filing a lawsuit “remains on the table,’’ Clements said.

Lenhardt’s letter said the groups are “hopeful that you will seek to review the former administration’s failure’ to conduct’’ the comprehensive environmental impact statement.

The S.C. Environmental Law Project has taken on some of the highest profile environmental cases in the state since Pawleys Island attorney Jimmy Chandler founded the service in 1987.

Through the years, the law project has handled a variety of cases, including numerous lawsuits to protect coastal wetlands and beaches from over development. But it also has been involved in suits against Barnwell County’s nuclear waste dump, a disposal site at the Savannah River Site, garbage landfills across South Carolina and a hazardous waste incinerator in York County.

One of its most high profile cases was a successful effort to close a hazardous waste landfill on Lake Marion.

Until the Southern Environmental Law Center opened an office in Charleston, the Environmental Law Project was the only non-profit legal service of its kind in South Carolina.

-end of article-

Dear friends, stay tuned! We will alert you as developments continue to unfold on this important topic - and on our other programs too.

And, don’t forget to join our Tri-Valley CAREs February meeting on Thursday the 18th at 7:30pm. Our flyer and zoom link follow…

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February Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 893 0679 1225 • Password: 806541

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on Friday, January 15, 2021

Posted by Marylia Kelley

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This month, we at Tri-Valley CAREs commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his 90th Birthday. We celebrate his wisdom, persistence, eloquence and commitment to peace, justice and nonviolence.

Throughout his adult life, Dr. King spoke publicly about need for racial justice and nuclear disarmament. For example, in speaking out against nuclear weapons testing, he said, “What will be the ultimate value of having established social justice in a context where all people, Negro and White, are merely free to face destruction by Strontium-90 or atomic war?”

On this occasion, we note, too, that Coretta Scott King was a noted social justice advocate and nuclear disarmament activist in her own right. Among her many accomplishments, King was a delegate for Women Strike for Peace, representing the group at numerous venues including an international conference in Vienna.

It is up to us to carry on their legacy, and to achieve a world of greater peace and justice. Here at Tri-Valley CAREs we are continually inspired and motivated by this vision. Join us!

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Tri-Valley CAREs’ January Virtual Meeting

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

Tri-Valley CAREs' would like to remind you of our monthly virtual meeting that will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday January 21, 2021. Our monthly meetings are open to all interested members of the public. You will get up-to-the-minute reports on nuclear issues, and become part of a peace and justice community that is creating positive change locally, nationally and globally! Join us virtually!

And, if Spanish is your first language, I'd love to provide translation on request. Contact me at raiza@trivalleycares.org. I hope to see you!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 896 8559 8257 • Password: 751032

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 896 8559 8257 • Password: 751032





January Virtual LTE Writing Party

Posted on Monday, January 7, 2021

Posted by Raiza Marciscano-Bettis

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom Meeting using the link.
Meeting ID: 843 2463 1484 • Password: 662704

Please click links below for A "How to" guide on how to write letters to the editor (English & Spanish).

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