For Immediate Release
July 31, 2012
Gene Stone email@example.com 949-233-7724
Washington D.C. Rally for a Nuclear Free Future
Sets Stage for Election-Year Policy and Position Shifts on Nuclear Issue
Anti-nuclear activists from around the country will converge on Washington, D.C. September 20-22, 2012, to participate in the Rally for a Nuclear-Free Future. This three-day event, brought together by the grassroots network Coalition Against Nukes (CAN)www.coalitionagainstnukes.org, will feature a Congressional briefing on nuclear dangers convened by Congressman Dennis Kucinich; peaceful demonstrations at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) headquarters; presentations at the embassies of Japan and India; and a demonstration by concerned citizens on the Capitol building grounds.
Speakers over the three days (confirmed) will include nationally recognized experts Arnie Gundersen of http://www.Fairewinds.com;Dr. Andy Kanter of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Michael Mariotteof NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service); Beyond Nuclear’s Paul Gunter; Harvey Wasserman ofwww.nukefree.org; Congressman Dennis Kucinich; Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein; Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and Japanese activist Yuko Tonohira.
These election-year actions seek to harness the energy of the growing grassroots opposition to the government’s pro-nuclear agenda, raise national awareness among politicians and voters of the extreme dangers posed by nuclear technology, and highlight the need for national action to protect the public before it’s too late.
“In the wake of the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plants we are witnessing a mass uprising against nuclear power in Japan. Let’s hope that it doesn’t take a major nuclear catastrophe in the United States for the American people to awaken to the dangers posed by the production of nuclear energy,” said Gene Stone of ROSE a watchdog group working to keep San Onofre shutdown permanently in Southern California.
A vocal and visible grassroots anti-nuclear movement has reemerged across the United States since the ongoing catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi began on March 11th of 2011. From Vermont to the Virginia, from Florida to the Great Lakes and from Portland to Southern California, grassroots citizens groups from across the country have been raising their voices to express their intensifying displeasure with the U.S. government’s reckless pro nuclear agenda and the decrepit and dangerous condition of the aging fleet of 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. Organizers have scheduled a range of peaceful actions:
* Thursday, Sept. 20: Parents and Children Against Nukes rally on the Capitol grounds (11:30 – 12:30); Congressional briefing (2-4); individual lobbying of representatives (afternoon); and a live music/informational and poetry reading that night at Washington D.C.’s original Busboys and Poets location.
* Friday, Sept. 21: International Nuke-Free Solidarity, with presentations to the Japanese (Fukushima) and Indian (Koodankulam) embassies (9:30 – 11:30); A No Nukes/No War/Occupy peaceful protest outside the NRC, with a possible meeting inside the building (2-5, TBD); film screenings, live music and a candlelight vigil that night.
* Saturday, Sept. 22: Private strategy session for national and regional nuclear activists to set agenda for a series of coordinated actions in the months to follow.
“It is time to raise our voices in unison and with urgency to put the dangers of nuclear energy production at the forefront of the national agenda,” said Priscilla Star, who founded the Coalition Against Nukes after the catastrophic accident at Fukushima. “With 3 days of actions in our nation’s capital we hope to break through the apathy and silence on nuclear issues exhibited by our elected officials and the two pro nuclear major party presidential candidates,” Star said.
“On Friday we will take our movement directly to the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission,” said Peter Rugh of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City. “The Nuclear Regulatory Commission allows nuclear reactors to operate by weakening safety standards and ignoring safety issues. This puts millions of Americans, trillions of dollars of real estate, and water and food supplies at risk of a major nuclear accident,” said CAN organizer Michael Leonardi.
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) – Cape Downwinders – Environmental Solidarity Occupy Wall Street – Fukushima Diary – Green Party – Jill Stein For President – Helen Caldicott Foundation – Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) – Manhattan Project – Mothers for Peace – NIRS – No Nukes NW – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – Nuclear Hotseat – Nuke Professional – Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Committee – OWS Environmental Solidarity Working Group – Peace Nick (Detroit) – The Peace Resource Center of San Diego – Physicians For Social Responsibility – Pilgrim Anti-Nuclear Action group – Cecile Pineda, author of Devil’s Tango – S.A.F.E. Carolinas – San Clemente Green – Radiation and Public Health Project – Radiation Truth – Residents Organized for a Safe Environment – Rock The Reactors – Shut Down Indian Point Now – Shut Down San Onofre – Solartopia – Todos Somos Japan – Fissures in the Planetary Apparatus – Toledo Coalition For Safe Energy – Tri-Valley CARES – Veterans For Peace – War Is A Crime.org. – Orange Co CA Green Party
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