July 31, 2012
At noon on Sunday, Aug. 5, Las Mujeres Hablan will open Nuke Free Now’s Hiroshima Commemoration with a blessing. Los Mureres Hablan, a network of Northern New Mexico activists, work to protect their people’s lives and lands from the nuclear weapons industry.
The event in Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos builds on a long tradition of gathering at the birthplace of nuclear weapons to remember those whose lives have been destroyed and diminished by the detonation and development of nuclear weapons. This year’s event also focuses on the insane costs and toxic legacy of nuclear energy.
During the afternoon, music will be provided by Mufari Marimba, Mark S and Billy B, and Laurianne Fiorentino. Nationally known anti-nuke activists as well as New Mexicans who have worked to clean up our toxic nuclear legacy will speak.
Lloyd J. Dumas, Professor of Political Economy, Economics and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Dallas, will speak about redirecting national laboratories toward civilian-oriented research to spur economic growth and increase national security.
Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland, will speak about sustainable energy and the hidden costs of nuclear power.
Pancho Ramos Stierle, of Occupy Oakland, will speak about the meaning of disobeying with great love.
Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, will speak about the lack of transparency within our government and nuclear industries.
Linda Pentz Gunter, international specialist at Beyond Nuclear, will speak about the toxic burden of uranium mining on our nation’s indigenous peoples.
Some of the distinguished local activists who will speak are: Alaric Balibrera, hunger striker; Eric Jantz of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center; Father John Dear, author of 28 books on peace and nonviolence; Jeff Haas, civil rights attorney; Lisa Putkey of Think Outside the Bomb; and Robert Chavez of Honor Our Pueblos Existence.
At 5:15 p.m., we will create an audio link with Hiroshima, Japan for the sounding of the Peace Bell. Shortly afterward, Pax Christi will lead a Sackcloth and Ashes March of Peace and Commemoration to the gates of LANL then back to Ashley Pond for the launching of Peace Lanterns.
Other Nuke Free Now Hiroshima Day Weekend events include:
Make Art / Not War and Hiroshima & Nagasaki – 60 Years Later
El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe
555 Camino De La Familia, Santa Fe
Opens: Friday, Aug. 3, from 5 – 7 p.m.
Vision Without Fission Conference and Film Festival
The Center for Contemporary Arts
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe
Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
A day of direct action in Los Alamos
Monday, Aug. 6 — Hiroshima Day
The Nuke Free Now coalition includes Occupy Santa Fe; (Un)-Occupy Albuquerque; Nuclear Watch New Mexico; Pax Christi; Veterans for Peace NM; the Santa Fe Religious Society of Friends (Quakers); St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, Peace and Justice Committee; the Santa Fe Unitarian Universalist Peace and Justice Committee; Food Not Bombs; Trinity Nuclear Abolition.
For more details about all the weekend’s events see nukefreenow.org <http://nukefreenow.org>