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August 6 is always a day of remembrance of those who suffered and perished in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, as atomic bombs killed at least 225,000 and riddled the country’s populations with birth defects and cancers. Today, in NYC, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Alamos, New Mexico, activists will be calling for a day to “Occupy Nukes” to: highlight the costly and continued development of nuclear weapons; reveal the very real human and environmental health hazards of nuclear power technology; expose the profitable alliance between the government and 1% corporations who are profiting from US nuclear capabilities.
Our government ignores radioactive pollution from the corporations that fund elections, and the people are unprotected from the nuclear threat. The actions planned around the country today, draw connections between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, Hiroshima and Fukushima, Japanese and US reactors. It calls attention to the hazards of nuclear waste and the peril in which corporate greed coupled with the US government’s backing puts us all.
New York City, 5:30pm, GE Headquarters, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Demonstrators will hold a melt-in (like a die-in but soggier) at GE, builder of the melted-down reactors at Fukushima. In the wake of this disaster, GE is trying to build a new uranium enrichment facility in Wilmington, NC.
There is a day-long non-violent protest in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, ground zero for US nuclear weapons development. More info on the Los Alamos action can be found here (http://interoccupy.net/newswire/occupy-new-mexico-national-call-for-civil-disobedience-august-3-6-2012/)
Also, at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco, 50 Fremont Street, 2 PM, followed by a march to northern California’s main power provider, PG&E. More about San Francisco’s action here (http://occupyoakland.org/2012/07/shut-down-not-melt-down-anti-nuclear-action/)
Groups participating in Occupy Nukes: OWS Environmental Solidarity, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque, Occupy Santa Fe, Occupy San Francisco Environmental Justice Working Group, Coalition Against Nukes, No Nukes Action, Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice, Nuke Free Now!, War Resisters League, Catholic Worker Movement, Shut Down Indian Point Now, Abolition 2000 NY Metro, Brooklyn for Peace, Pax Christi, Todos Somos Japon
Occupy Wall Street is part of an international people-powered movement fighting for economic justice in the face of disastrous neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street, and a government controlled by monied interests. We are the 99% organizing to end tyranny of the 1%.
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