On May 12, 2018, Mother’s Day, members of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action blocked the road leading into the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. (They were on the county’s side of the line, not on the federal side.) On Friday July 27 the defendants had their mitigation hearings. Larry Kerschner, a Vietnam veteran who is now a pacifist living in Centralia WA presented his statement to Judge Jeffrey J. Jahns. Larry was pleased and surprised when the judge responded to Larry’s statement by reducing his $68 fine to zero. The judge reduced all the […]
This link — http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26386 — provides enough compelling information and a sample e-mail you can send to STOP the world’s largest nuclear waste dump. Please do this by Monday July 30, 2018. Nuclear power and nuclear weapons cause nuclear waste. There is no realistic solution, but the government and giant corporations keep pretending they can deal with it. We must STOP nuclear power and nuclear weapons too. Thank you!
This Community Affirmation was affirmed at the June 1982 International Religious Convocation for the Second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament. It remains timely today. Community Affirmation We who live in the shadow of the mushroom cloud and the dangers of bullets on our streets Today declare our hope in the future. From the diversity of our religious traditions We have come to renew our belief in the holiness of the earth and the sanctity of all life. We declare we are at peace with all people of good will. We need no leader to define […]
This document was created in 1985 and is still an important and positive alternative to our current crisis. May we all join in! Dozens of persons (including me) signed this document on Fourth of July weekend of 1985 in a ceremony outside the Trident Nuclear Submarine base at Bangor in Kitsap County WA. Ten years later dozens more signed it in a renewal of the original ceremony. MAY WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER IN AFFIRMING IT NOW, decades later! Declaration of Independence from Nuclear Weapons We are people living in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. We recognize that our present way […]
Meet & hear Peace Walkers against nuclear weapons July 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT Traditions Café, 5th & Water SW, Olympia Meet and hear the people who are walking from Eugene, Oregon, to Bangor, Washington, when they pass through Olympia on Monday July 30. This is the 14th year that members of the community at the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolence (www.gzcenter.org) have walked for peace and nuclear disarmament. Olympia’s people enjoy connecting with them when they walk through our town. Join us this evening to celebrate the wonderful history of disarmament activities in western Washington. We […]
Many issues demand our attention and action. Right now, THREE stand out as EXISTENTIAL CRISES. We must solve these in order to protect human civilization from destruction: #1: Nuclear weapons are increasingly likely to destroy the world: Decades after the Cold War ended, nuclear weapons still persist. Giant corporations and the politicians they own have convinced Obama and Trump to BUILD ALL NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS to replace the U.S.’s ENTIRE ARSENAL with new bombs, missiles, submarines, bombers, etc. They are projected to cost $1.7 TRILLION cost over the next 30 years, so to pay for this, Congress will be slashing […]
Do you remember “With enough shovels …”? President Reagan’s Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategic and Theater Nuclear Forces was T.K. Jones. He believed we could easily survive nuclear war. Here is what he said we should do if a nuclear attack was coming: “Dig a hole, cover it with a couple of doors and then throw three feet of dirt on top…. It’s the dirt that does it … if there are enough shovels to go around, everybody’s going to make it.” This is utterly preposterous on several grounds, including: If you are in the little hole you […]
This morning I attended Olympia WA’s “Zero Hour” climate rally that was organized by young person. The main organizer is 13 years old, and she spoke briefly and capably. All over the world — and in many U.S. locations — young people organized “Zero Hour” rallies and marches to convey the urgency of the climate crisis. Young people mobilized to demand an end to the abuses that are curtailing their futures — and to demand sustainable solutions. For more information see www.thisiszerohour.org –> The climate crisis is a WORLDWIDE crisis. –> Decades ago Tip O’Neill, the Speaker of the U.S. […]
Both of the big political parties — Republicans and Democrats – are stuck in their own agendas. Neither of the big party really supports peace. Each wants confrontation with Russia for different reasons. Ordinary people must resist the anti-Russia hype and a new Cold War.The American people must assert that we want peace, not a new Cold War. Norman Solomon’s article at this link shows smart insights: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/climb-down-from-the-summit-of-hostile-propaganda/
Lilly Adams from the new statewide coalition Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (www.wanwcoalition.org) provided this hot news: President Trump and President Putin will meet on July 16th to discuss a range of issues, including nuclear weapons policies and the New START Treaty. PSR has created a simple one-pager with background information and recommendations. Read it here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j2lWpLCTvJiz2NIyR2SwIAf15wP48ct-Y8Ms_3HFWxQ/edit For more in-depth information, see the Arms Control Association’s resources here: https://www.armscontrol.org/pressroom/2018-06/trump-putin-summit-what-you-need-know The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons just published some fascinating and encouraging survey results from European “umbrella states” that host US nuclear weapons. Their findings: Europeans reject US nuclear […]
This video lasts only a very few minutes. But the message is clear. We must prevent nuclear weapons from ever being used. Click this link, scroll down a few paragraphs, and watch the very short video: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/what-a-nuclear-attack-in-new-york-would-look-like.html
To protect immigrants, STOP POLARIZING PEOPLE IN ANY WAY: Stop dividing people by nationality, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, economic class, etc. The problems we face are huge, deeply rooted and interconnected. Because these problems are linked, we can make progress toward solving any of the divisive problems by starting with any one of these problems and showing how it connects with the other problems. The problems already existed before Trump made them worse. Nationalism and racism polarize “us vs. them.” For more than 70 years nuclear weapons have expressed the nationalism that is one root of anti-immigrant feelings. […]
As you know, I read a huge amount of information. Thom Hartmann’s article at the link below consolidates much solid information into CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT information that the American people need to understand. Trump and Trumpism are imposing horrible authoritarianism upon the U.S. This is an extremely serious — actually existential — danger to American freedom and constitutional democracy. Trump’s authoritarianism abuses many aspects of American society. The article below connects many of the issues we care about, including peace, social justice, environment/climate, economics, and so forth. The article ends with a call for nonviolent organizing to rise up against Trump’s […]
The Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a very active member of the statewide coalition working against nuclear weapons. “Washington Against Nuclear Weapons” was convened by Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR, www.wpsr.org). Now Washington Against Nuclear Weapons has its own website, and more information is being added to it continually. You can see its current status now and visit again later to see further information, which will be added in the coming weeks and months. It is https://www.wanwcoalition.org/ Please sign up on that website to keep in touch with our great statewide coalition.
Please help publicize this powerful dramatic film at the Lacey Timberland Library (near College Street SE & 6th Ave SE) in Lacey WA at 4:15 p.m. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON JUNE 6. See this flyer: Crimson Tide Flyer It’s sponsored by the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Thanks to Lon Freeman (email@example.com) for organizing it.