It’s time to really FOCUS on nuclear power issues BEFORE the 2012 presidential election! The Coalition Against Nukes is organizing an anti-nuclear convergence in Washington, DC, Sept. 20-22, 2012 to FULLY EXPOSE the nuclear crisis in Japan and its relevance to the insidious nuclear industry in the United States. This is a GRASSROOTS effort and we need YOUR INVOLVEMENT for these events to be successful! We must maximize AWARENESS before the election to bring attention to the dangers of nuclear power. We would like to engage the pro-nuclear presidential candidates in this discussion and welcome the participation of all anti-nuclear candidates, especially the likely Green Party nominee, Jill Stein. We are also seeking the support and endorsement of high profile members of the film, arts and music industries. It is time to step up and demonstrate your true colors for a Nuclear Free future! Your action is needed NOW MORE THAN EVER!!
Please send us an endorsement and/or solidarity statement from you and/or your organization as soon as possible! Send endorsements to C.A.N. by clicking on the contacts section on this page. We call on citizens across the country to mobilize their communities by working from now until September to get to Washington, DC for these events. We also urge you to call or email your elected representatives and URGE them to attend the congressional briefing. C.A.N will also invite our congressional representatives to the briefing on Sept. 20th at the Cannon Bldg, Rm 121, 2-4pm.
Schedule of Events:
Thursday September 20th
Mothers (parents) against Nukes Rally on the Capitol steps
This rally will take place before our congressional briefing Sept. 20th.
Congressional Briefing 2:00pm – 4:00pm Cannon Building – Room number 121 (confirmed) This briefing has several aims 1. It is meant to focus attention on the medical effects of radiation exposure. 2. it is meant to call for an immediate phase out of Nuclear Power in the United States beginning with our GE Mark 1 and 2 boiling water reactors and any reactors with serious glaring concerns or located in a seismic/tsunami prone area. 3. it is meant to heighten the focus on the continuing catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan and especially in regards to spent fuel pool in the number 4 reactor which will hopefully still be intact by September. This briefing will include medical testimony on the effects of radiation from Dr. Andy Kanter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (confirmed), testimony from Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (confirmed) on the relationship of nuclear weapons to nuclear power, testimony on the state of our decrepit nuclear fleet in the United States from Michael Mariotte of NIRS (confirmed) and testimony from Beyond Nuclear‘s Paul Gunter (confirmed) on the Freeze Our Fukushima’s campaign and why it is imperative that we immediately close all of our dangerous GE Mark 1 and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the United States. We need to mobilize the grassroots to lobby their congress people to attend with letters and phone calls from now until then. C.A.N. will send a formal letter of invitation to all congressional members. Dennis Kucinich, whose office reserved the room will send a dear colleagues letter closer to the event. (During this briefing, some banner drops in effective locations around D.C. could be done by affinity groups)
Nuclear Free Film Screening/Live Music/Speakers Busboys and Poets 7pm-11pm evening film screenings/live music/speakers at one of the Busboys and Poets D.C. Locations. 5th and K st. location. screening of anti-nuclear film, speakers and live music. (confirmed)
Friday September 21st
International NUKE FREE Solidarity/Occupy the Japanese and Indian Embassies 9:30am – 11:30am: Presentation of demands to the Japanese embassy and the Indian embassy (Koodankulam solidarity), other embassies French (for example) could be included.
No Nukes No War Rally / Occupy The NRC @ 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, This will include a peaceful protest outside the building and a public meeting inside the building if possible. we are trying to reserve the NRC’s auditorium for that day. This rally will have a NO NUKES/NO WAR theme and Speakers will address the numerous nuclear fiascos across the country from Vermont Yankee to Indian Point to North Anna to Palisades to Davis Besse to Fermi to San Onofre and beyond! Speakers will also address the crime against humanity enabled by the NRC when they allowed depleted uranium, previously considered Nuclear Wastes to be used in bombs being dropped around the planet by the US military. 2pm -5:00pm (confirmed)
Friday morning could also include a round table with organized labor if it materializes. This would be to discuss the job creation possibilities in concrete terms from a post baseload and beyond nuclear energy production model. Some initial outreach has been done with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) on this and if they are willing we have experts ready to come to the table to lead this discussion. This would happen simultaneously to the embassy row march and rally.
Film Screening/Live Music/Speakers venue TBA
After Dark: NO Nuke NO War candlelight vigil — possible TBA
Saturday September 22nd
No Nukes Strategy Meeting at a location yet to be determined. this will focus on taking strategies home for a regional NO NUKES blitz at the end of October or beginning of November