BREAK THE SILENCE ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

3 August 2002

Contact: www.trivalleycares.org


Livermore Lab is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the slogan: “Making History.  Making a Difference.” Under contract to the University of California, the Livermore and Los Alamos Labs have designed and tested every nuclear weapon in the U.S. arsenal.  That work is still going on today.  The Nuclear Posture Review identifies new scenarios in which the U.S. might use nuclear weapons, and “advanced weapons concept teams” have been established at the Labs to dream up “more useable” nuclear weapons.

For more than 50 years, the world has been held hostage to the threat of nuclear annihilation.  While ordinary people around the world overwhelmingly support nuclear disarmament, their voices have been silenced by a handful of governments  led by our own    who claim for themselves the right to possess and threaten the use of nuclear weapons of mass destruction in the name of “national security.”

Twenty years ago, thousands of nonviolent protesters converged on Livermore Lab to demonstrate against the nuclear arms race.  Now, instead of  “liquidating the legacy of the Cold War,” the Bush administration’s real nuclear weapons agenda is fewer, but newer.   The conflict between India and Pakistan demonstrates anew that the fate of our planet is at stake.  Nuclear weapons must be abolished. We must break the silence and make our voices heard.

 


STOP THE BOMB WHERE IT STARTS
Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Commemorate 20 years of Nonviolent Resistance


RALLY and MARCH to LIVERMORE NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAB
Nonviolent direct action at the gate (optional)


FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE from Dublin/Pleasanton BART station starting at 10:15 am

SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2002 starting at 11 AM
Gather at Carnegie Park, Fourth & “J” Streets, downtown Livermore
for a day of SPEAKERS and MUSIC including:

Thomas Tanamori, Hiroshima Survivor; Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange; Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for State Controller; Angana Chatterji, California Institute of Integral Studies; Zulfiqar Ahmad, Nautilus Insitute for Security and Sustainable Development; BARBARA LUBIN, Middle East Children’s Alliance; WILSON RILES, JR., Community Activist; Jacqueline Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation; Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs; Holly Guin Graham; Linda Hirschorn, The Funky Nixons; Clan Dyken

JOIN US ALSO at 8 AM on TUESDAY AUGUST 6 , the day the U.S. dropped an ATOMIC BOMB on HIROSHIMA, for a VIGIL at LIVERMORE LAB’s WEST GATE (on Vasco Road, near East Avenue).

MORE INFORMATION: Livermore Conversion Project (510) 663-8065; Tri-Valley CAREs (925) 443-7148; Western States Legal Foundation (510) 839-5877. 

PRINT OUT A GORGEOUS HIGH-TECH FLIER (front and back),  available in PDF FORMAT online at: www.wslfweb.org       CLICK ON ‘ALERTS and ANNOUNCEMENTS’ under ‘WHAT’S NEW’ on right hand side of page. FLIERS are ALSO available for pick up in San Francisco and the East Bay.  Call for locations.

SPONSORS and ENDORSERS
American Friends Service Committee
Berkeley Friends Church  Peace & Christian Social Concerns
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
California Peace Action
East Bay Peace Action
Ecology Center
Ecumenical Peace Institute
Food Not Bombs
Franciscan Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
Fremont Pax Christi
Global Exchange
Gray Panthers of San Francisco
Green Party of Contra Costa
Livermore Conversion Project
Marin People in Black
Middle East Children’s Alliance
Mt. Diablo Peace Center
Nevada Desert Experience
Nicaragua Center for Community Action
Peace and Freedom Party
Peacemaking Group - Davis Community Church
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center
Peoples’ NonViolent Response Coalition
Physicians for Social Responsibility, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
S.F. Bay Area Progressive Challenge
Salinas Action League
San Jose Peace Center
San Mateo Peace Action
Sisters of Saint Dominic
Social Justice Center of Marin
The Green Party of Alameda County
Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (CAREs)
Western States Legal Foundation
Women for Peace
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Berkeley-East Bay
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Peninsula Branch

NONVIOLENCE GUIDELINES
From brochure of Livermore Conversion Project

As participants, we agree to abide by the following nonviolent discipline in all our actions.

· We will harbor no anger but suffer the anger of the opponent.*

· We will refuse to return the assault of the opponent.
· We will refrain from insults and inappropriate language.
· We will protect opponents from insult or attack.
·
If arrested, we will not resist.  We will not go limp.
·
If arrested, we will behave in an exemplary manner.  We will not evade the legal consequences of our actions.
· Our attitude as conveyed through words, symbols and actions will be one of openness, friendliness and respect toward all other people we encounter including Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory security officers and workers.
· We will not damage any property.
· We will not bring or use any drugs or alcohol.
· We will not run or use any threatening motions.
· We will carry no weapons.
· Without passing judgment on its use, we will not engage in symbolic blood pouring.
· Plans for our activities are shared with the authorities.
· As members of the nonviolent demonstration, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators. In the event of a serious disagreement, we will remove ourselves from the action.

*The term opponent is borrowed from Gandhi and is meant to indicate one with whom one is in opposition but whom one does not consider an enemy.

 



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