4 Lessons For Climate Organizers From Anti-Nuclear Movement

The Abalone Alliance “circling up” at a Diablo Canyon protest in 1979. (FoundSF / Jessica Collett)

By Will Lawrence for Waging Nonviolence – I’m imagining an American social movement that defeats a dangerous form of energy through mass organizing, legal appeals and nonviolent direct action. In only 30 years, the movement wins the support of the public, drives corporations out of business and demonstrates that alternatives are more economically viable. A daydream about the climate movement, right? Actually, activists in the United States (and other countries) already showed how it’s done in the movement against nuclear power.

Jeremy Corbyn Joins Thousands In U.K. Anti-Nuclear Weapons Rally

Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Lucas join protesters on the anti-Trident march. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

By Roisin Davis for Truth Dig – In what’s being hailed as Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in a generation, tens of thousands demonstrated on London’s streets Saturday to protest the U.K.’s Trident nuclear weapons system and to call for global nuclear disarmament. “We are not alone,” Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, told the crowd in central London today. “There are many people around the world … who have wanted a non-nuclear future for their country and their planet.”

White House Peace Vigil Will Keep Going, Activist Vows

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By John Zangas for DC Media Group – The future of the longest-running peace protest in the U.S. recently came into question when its co-founder, Concepcion Picciotto, passed away on January 25. Picciotto was largely responsible for keeping the anti-nuclear vigil in front of the White House going since its beginning in August 1981. Long dreaded, her death is mourned by supporters and fellow volunteers who have kept the peace vigil going for 34 years. Her absence also creates a practical problem: how to cover the long shifts she put in every day through all kinds of weather.

Concepcion Picciotto, Who Held Vigil Outside White House For Decades, Dies

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By Caitlin Gibson for The Washington Post – Concepcion Picciotto, the protester who maintained a peace vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, a demonstration widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, died Jan. 25 at a housing facility operated by N Street Village, a nonprofit that supports homeless women in Washington. She was believed to be 80. She had recently suffered a fall, but the immediate cause of death was not known, said Schroeder Stribling, the shelter’s executive director.

Eleven Arrested Stretching Yellow Caution Tape

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By Seth Harrison for The Nuclear Resister – Eleven anti-nuclear activists were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after stretching yellow caution tape across the main entrance of New York’s Indian Point nuclear power plant on December 12. The 50 people in attendance were there to protest the decision of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow one of the plant’s two reactors, Unit 3, to continue to operate after its license expires at midnight on Saturday, December 12. Arrested were Gary Shaw, Judy Allen, Sally Gellert, Ken Okin, CP Colfield, Dan Fullerton, Merle Mceldowney, JK Canepa, Bruce Rosen, Jacki Drechsler and Rick Ufford-Chase.

Atomic Reactor Restarted In Japan, Despite Overwhelming Public Opposition

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By Beyond Nuclear – A 30-year old nuclear reactor in Sendai, in southwestern Japan, began powering up on August 11, amid much controversy, local active volcanoes and nationwide, and even worldwide, opposition, including by former nuclear power industry workers. The restart is the first allowed under Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority post-Fukushima reformed safety rules. Sendai had been shut down in May 2011, shortly after the Fukushima nuclear catastorphe began, and has not operated since, till now. Although the restart may mark a “victory” for the pro-nuclear Prime Minister Abe administration, it is a loss for public health, safety, and the environment. Abe’s insistence on disregarding 2 to 1 opposition to the restart amongst the Japanese public may someday cost him and his party at the polls, as well.

Mass Bike Ride On 70th Anniversary of Nagasaki & Hiroshima Bombings

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By John Zangas in DC Media Group – Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson was among over 300 who met at the White House on Sunday, August 9, to embark on a bike ride around Washington, DC, exactly 70 years after the second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in World War II. The bike riders followed a route which encircled the approximate area destroyed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. They remembered those killed in the first Atomic War and warned that the possibility of such a war remained as long as countries continued stockpiling nuclear weapons. The “Bike Around The Bomb” ride was organized by Global Zero as a call to world leaders to take action to dismantle existing nuclear arsenals, which currently house over 17,000 atomic bombs. Similar bike rides took place in cities around the world.

What Would A Nuclear Blast Look Like In Washington, DC?

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By Staff for Global Zero, Join Global Zero on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Japan as we cycle what would be the edge of a “small” nuclear blast in downtown D.C. and call on President Obama to keep his promise to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” The event will be one of many corresponding events around the world, serving as a powerful reminder that nuclear weapons were designed to wipe cities like ours off the map. There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many of these weapons are ready to launch at a moment’s notice. It’s time we call on President Obama and other world leaders to stand down these weapons of mass destruction and join the fight toward global zero – a world without nuclear weapons. Bike around the Bomb hashtag eliminate nukesJoin us on Sunday, August 9 for the 2nd annual “Bike Around the Bomb D.C.”

Released From Prison, Anti-Nuclear Activist Nun Speaks Out

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Megan Rice, an 85-year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2012, along with fellow anti-nuclear activists Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, was charged with sabotage and damaging federal property and spent about two years in federal prison. They were released on May 16 after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned their sabotage convictions while upholding their convictions for the less serious crime of injury to government property and ordering the original court to resentence them on the lesser crime. They don’t regret their actions, and remain devoted to their cause.

16,000 Demonstrators Rally Against Restarting Japan Nuke Plant

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Some 16,000 people rallied Tuesday in the Japanese capital against the government’s plan to restart nuclear reactors, more than three years after the Fukushima disaster, Jiji Press said. It was one of the largest anti-nuclear demonstrations since the nuclear watchdog on September 10 approved plans to restart two reactors at the Sendai plant in southern Japan. “Three and a half years has passed since the nuclear accident, but self-examination has yet to be made,” Nobel literature laureate Kenzaburo Oe told the Tokyo rally, according to public broadcaster NHK. “(The government) is going ahead with the plan to resume operation at the Sendai plant without compiling sufficient anti-disaster plans,” Oe said. After the rally demonstrators marched through the capital, carrying banners reading: “We don’t need nuclear plants”.

Pilgrim Neighbors: Nuclear Plant Depresses Property Values

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PLYMOUTH – Encouraged by a decision in the Massachusetts Land Court, anti-nuclear activists are forging ahead with a lawsuit, arguing that the Pilgrim nuclear station in Plymouth and its storage of spent nuclear fuel have hurt property values in the area. The plaintiffs – 11 residents who live within two miles of the 685-megawatt nuclear power plant owned by Louisiana-based Entergy Corp. – are challenging Entergy and the Plymouth officials who approved a permit for the company to build concrete pads for storing nuclear waste in concrete casks. “A project that has these threats and dangers and such a huge impact on the community should be subject to the highest level of oversight by local boards,” said Meg Sheehan, a Cambridge lawyer representing the residents. Sheehan said that Plymouth’s building inspector and zoning board wrongly approved the building permit for Pilgrim and should have required a special permitting process and a public hearing.

Peace Activists Roll Out Enormous Pink Scarves In Anti-Nuclear Protest

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This article is from our associated project, CreativeResistance.org. Protesters (Wool Against Weapons, Action AWE) have unveiled a seven-mile “peace scarf” as part of a protest in Berkshire against replacing the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system. The scarf, which took thousands of hours to knit, was stretched from the Atomic Weapons Establishments in Aldermaston to Burghfield. It was created from hundreds of pieces of knitting made across the world and took about five hours to assemble. Campaigners have spent the past eight months making the scarf. Police closed several roads for about five minutes at 13:00 BST, to enable all of the pieces of material to be connected for the whole seven-mile distance. The sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield provide the warheads for the submarine-launched missile system. Symon Hill, from Action AWE, said: “It’s a creative way of making a point that is shared by millions of people around the world, which is concern about the impact of nuclear weapons if they’re used. “It costs £100bn to renew Trident at a time when we are experiencing cuts to public services and the welfare state that we need.” The scarf was assembled by hundreds of people on the morning of the protest using ribbons and safety pins.

Anti-Nuclear Activists Say MUSIC NOT M.A.D.NESS

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A Washington State group of anti-nuclear activists will host a weekend event commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, culminating in a direct action at the largest operational concentration of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, a grass roots organization based in Poulsbo, Washington will host its annual weekend event remembering the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 8th and 9th. Each year Ground Zero hosts this event to help people understand the threat of nuclear weapons and engage them in resistance to the Trident nuclear weapons system. This year’s theme is MUSIC NOT M.A.D.NESS. This year’s Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembrance celebrates the power of music to bring people together to work together for social change. The lineup includes Seattle band Chele’s Kitchen, Seattle musician Jim Page, and John Palmes from Juneau, Alaska. Music will feature prominently throughout the weekend, including during a vigil and nonviolent direct action at Bangor on Saturday.

Annual Hiroshima Day Sackcloth And Ashes Ritual In Los Alamos

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The Annual Hiroshima Day Sackcloth and Ashes Peace Vigil at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Aug 2nd, 2104. Participants are wearing some of the the oldest symbols of protest: sackcloth and sitting on ashes while repenting of the mortal sin of nuclear weapons. Sitting in meditation, wearing the traditional symbols of repentance and protest, peace activists took a moment to acknowledge the suffering cause by nuclear weapons. The Peace Vigil takes place in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the nuclear bomb was invented.

UK Parliament Seeks Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu To Speak June 17

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Over 50 UK Parliamentarians and Amnesty International have invited Israel’s Nuclear whistleblower to join a panel of prominent speakers in London on 17 June to discuss the protection of whistleblowers around the world . This week, Vanunu’s defense team is again petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court to allow Vanunu the right to leave Israel. Upholding these undemocratic and ridiculous restrictions, for the last ten years, after Vanunu served a prison sentence of 18 years, has nothing to do with the security of the state, but are vindictive and cruel steps, which serve one purpose – to make an outcast of Vanunu and destroy him as a human being and as a true anti-nuclear activist. The longer ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ persists to deny Vanunu his inalienable right to leave the state the greater The Legend of Vanunu will grow and everything is already on the Internet: