The crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan is still out of control. Even as recently as today, Japan is still experiencing earthquakes and tsunami warnings. Relief efforts continue to be impeded by dangerous radiation levels and damage from the tsunami.
While the world waits in apprehension, we are taking action.
Peace Action members joined with others from around the country for the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's (ANA) annual DC Days. Peace Action has been a long-time member of ANA, a 23-year-old network of local, regional, and national organizations representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of the U.S. nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.
Tea Party Republicans are calling for across-the-board cuts (except in Pentagon spending), including the nuclear nonproliferation program, an important step to securing a nuclear-free future.
Congress is deciding on the budget this week. Over the last three days, scores of Congressional offices were visited by DC Days participants from every region of the country.
Join us by calling your Congress members today! Call (202) 224-3121 and demand no cuts in the nonproliferation budget!
Folks living in neighborhoods surrounding nuclear sites have been well represented. A delegation from PeaceWorks Kansas City, our local Kansas City affiliate, lobbied agressively against funding for a brand new bomb plant in their town at a time when half the public schools were recently closed due to the alleged "recession."
A delegation from Mass Peace Action had a successful meeting with Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-5). Tsongas has issued a constituent statement saying that until we can responsible handle radioactive waste, the government should not encourage investment in upgrading old plans or constructing new ones, and instead should invest in clean energy and conservation.
Mass Peace Action join with other ANA members for a photo with Representative Niki Tsongas (MA-5), third from the right.
Katie Mullen, a graduate student in Womens Studies at Towson University and the Peace Action Education Fund intern, wrote an excellent blog of her experience as a first-time lobbyist.
As in the last two decades, we'll be back next year, and every year, until the threat of nuclear weapons and waste are eradicated. Be sure to join us!
Humbly for Peace,