Action for Nuclear Abolition

5-15 October 2002

Reinard Knutsen
Shundahai Network
PO Box 1115, Salt Lake City UT 84110
(801) 359-2614 reinard@shundahai.org
www.shundahai.org
www.actionfornuclearabolition.org


We invite you to join us October 5-15, 2002 , in international nonviolent resistance to U.S. nuclear policies at the upcoming Action for Nuclear Abolition events in Nevada. Together we will build community and take direct action for nuclear abolition. With our Western Shoshone hosts and friends from around the world, we will wise up, rise up, honor and resist.

On October 5th we will hold a Peoples' Nuclear Abolition Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. Speakers from indigenous and environmental justice organizations will educate and inspire us. Good food, music and celebration will also be part of the mix. (We are still looking for the suitable venue for our camp, but we’ll let you know the details as soon as possible. Cheap motel rooms will also be available nearby.)

From October 6th -10 th, the Family Spirit Walk for Mother Earth will cover the 65 miles from Las Vegas to Peace Camp at NTS. Beginning with a rally at the Department of Energy's headquarters, the walk will cross into Newe Sogobia (Western Shoshone country) with nightly training’s addressing: oppression awareness and cultural sensitivity, nonviolence, peacekeeping and action planning.

From October 11-14th we will hold our Action for Nuclear Abolition Nonviolent Direct Action Camp across from the main entrance to NTS. This will be a weekend of ceremony, planning meetings and nonviolent direct action to shut the Test Site down and "Reclaim the Land for All Life.”

Friday October 11th will feature the Keep Space for Peace Rally and Nonviolent Direct Action at the gates of the NTS in solidarity with a week-long series of international events organized by the Global Network Against Nuclear Weapons and Power in Space.

Saturday, October 12th - Indigenous Peoples Day - will be the focal day of the weekend, featuring ceremonies and events to honor and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of the world who have suffered the deadly consequences of nuclear colonialism. Representatives from indigenous nations, organizations and communities will lead a rally and sunset candle-light vigil at the gates of the NTS.

On Sunday, October 13th workshops, training, action and planning will prepare us to “Stop the Madness! Shut the Test Site Down.”

Then on Monday, October 14th we invite nonviolent occupations, blockades and other actions at Yucca Mountain and NTS . Let’s sit down, shut them down and reclaim the land for all life!

At Peace Camp we will continue prayers and actions that were started 10 years ago during the “500 Years of Resistance” demonstration. We oppose the generation of more nuclear waste, and want to ensure the clean-up of toxic and radiological contamination on Native lands, in communities of color and in the many disenfranchised communities of this country. It is time to end the legacy of nuclear colonialism.

These events will be organized with the guidance of the Western Shoshone National Council and have a strict policy prohibiting alcohol, drugs, and weapons. Please be respectful of our Western Shoshone hosts and their traditional customs. There will be daily sunrise ceremonies and sweat lodges open to all.

Participants will be asked to sign a pledge of nonviolence and to take the appropriate nonviolence or related trainings available at Peace Camp. Activists wishing to participate in the nonviolent direct actions at the Nevada Test Site will be asked to join affinity groups or, better yet, to form affinity groups in their local areas and come prepared to join other affinity groups in creative direct action.

Be prepared for desert camping: hot days and cold nights. Please bring your own folding chairs, plates, eating and drinking utensils. Good food, water and toilet facilities will be provided. We are asking a small donation of $7 a day (How ever many days you can stay) to cover our logistical expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We seek your participation, endorsement and/or financial sponsorship. Our goal is to raise $4,000 in pre-event organizational sponsorship and registration funds. If your group would like to help create a fantastic event, please let us know. In any case, we welcome your endorsement and would love to include your organizational name in our participants’ packet. Please cut the sponsor / endorsement / registration form at the bottom of this email and paste it into a new message addressed to shundahai@shundahai.org

Initial Participating Organizations: Ashland Peace House, Center for Energy Research, Citizen Alert, For Mother Earth - Belgium, Family Spirit Walk for Mother Earth, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Nanish Shontie, Nevada Desert Experience, Promoting Enduring Peace, Oregon PeaceWorks, Seeds of Peace, Shundahai Network, Tewa Women United, Tribal Environmental Watch Alliance, Tri Valley CARES, Wild Rockies Earth First,

An organizing committee representing activists from California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, was formed at the Mothers’ Day Weekend Gathering to Celebrate All Life, Peace Camp at the Nevada Test Site on May 12th. We had another planning meeting June 9th in Salt Lake City and formed organizing collectives. If you have the energy and ability to follow through on commitments, we would love to have you help us and join one of the organizing collectives. There is a spokescouncil with representatives from each collective meeting monthly via phone. There's a lot to do so if you want to be involved, we will put you in contact with the right folks.

Organizing Collectives: Nonviolence and Direct Action Planning and Preparation; Nonviolence and Legal Trainings: Rallies and Legal Direct Action Planning: Peacekeepers/Legal Observers/Vibes watchers; Legal Defense; Media; Outreach; Camp and Walk Logistics; Fundraising/Bookkeeping; Entertainment.
 


sponsor / endorsement / registration form :
( Please cut and paste it into a new message addressed to shundahai@shundahai.org )

Name:

Organization:

Mailing Address:

City / State / Zip

Phone number:

Email:

Web Page:

Our organization would like to sponsor / endorse these events. (We are asking sponsors to contribute $50 - $500 towards the logistical costs and helping with travel costs for indigenous representatives )

I am not ready to sponsor, endorse or register yet. Please send me more information by: email / snail mail

I / we have a newsletter and would like to put a camera-ready event ad in it. Name of newsletter and deadline:

I / we would like to pre-register ________ (number) people for these events.

October 5th - Peoples' Nuclear Abolition Summit, October 6th -10th - Family Spirit Walk for Mother Earth, October 11 - 14th Action for Nuclear Abolition Nonviolent Direct Action Camp.

I / we will be staying for (which dates)

I / we are sending in our registration donation of _______ (We are asking a small donation of $7 a day per person to cover our logistical expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


I / we are interested in joining an affinity group to participate in the nonviolent direct action.

I / we have an all ready formed affinity group and we would like to participate in the nonviolent direct action.

I / we can offer a ride for ________ (number) people.

I / we need a ride from:

I/ we are interested in helping with organizing these events. I would like more information about the Organizing Collective(s) circled below.

Organizing Collectives: Nonviolence and Direct Action Planning and Preparation; Nonviolence and Legal Trainings: Rallies and Legal Direct Action Planning: Peacekeepers/Legal Observers/Vibes watcher; Legal Defense; Media; Outreach; Camp and Walk Logistics; Fundraising/Bookkeeping; Entertainment;



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