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Environmental Justice

The siting of nuclear facilities - whether uranium mines, waste dumps, enrichment plants or other radioactivity-emitting operations - invariably occurs in communities of color and/or low-income. This consistent environmental racism is not unique to the nuclear industry but is a pattern that Beyond Nuclear is working to end.

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Tuesday
May232017

Racial Equity and Nuclear Weapons: A Discussion about Ending the Age of Oppression and Abuse of Power

“Racial Equity and Nuclear Weapons:

A Discussion about Ending the Age of Oppression and Abuse of Power”

 

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) outreach event

to youth and people of color

 

Let’s celebrate our diversity and intersectionality as we join forces to abolish nuclear weapons & power, secure radioactive waste, save the climate, & protect people and the planet!

 

Wednesday, May 24, 7 to 9pm

 

Nicolás Guillén Room

Busboys and Poets @ Takoma

235 Carroll St. NW, Washington, DC 20012

(very near the Takoma Red Line Metro Station, and immediately adjacent to the Nuclear-Free Zone of Takoma Park, Maryland)

 

Busboys’ delicious hors d’oeuvres (meat, vegetarian & vegan), desserts, and drinks (beer, wine, & non-alcoholic beverages), are free

for the first 50 attendees who RSVP*

 

Speakers:

 

Sebastian Medina-Tayac, Piscataway Nation

 

Cee’ Cee’ Anderson, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions

<http://www.gawand.org>, an independent grassroots, woman-led organization that seeks to direct women’s voices into a powerful movement for social change. WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs

 

Lisa Fager, Director of Public Policy and Operations, Hip Hop Caucus

<http://www.hiphopcaucus.org/>, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change

 

Short selections from the documentary films “Containment” (<http://www.redactedpictures.com/>, 2015, by Robb Moss and Peter Gallison) & “Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1” (<https://www.nuclearsavage.com/>, 2011, by Adam Jones Horowitz), will also be shown

 

Georgia WAND is a member of ANA <http://www.ananuclear.org>, a network of organizations and leaders seeking a nuclear-free future that safeguards our communities and environment. This event is being held in conjunction with the conclusion of ANA’s annual DC Days

 

*For more information, and to RSVP, please contact Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, (240) 462-3216, <kevin@beyondnuclear.org>

Thursday
Nov032016

See updates on Water Protectors' resistance to the Dakota Access [Oil] Pipeline

Indigenous resistance mounts against the so-called Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

See Beyond Nuclear's Human Rights website section, for updates on Native and non-Native resistance to DAPL (Dakota Access Pipeline).

Longtime Native American allies of the anti-nuclear movement, Indigenous Environmental Network and Honor the Earth, have issued an urgent call for solidarity (including an appeal for human rights observers from the UN, NGOs, churches, etc.) in their struggle against yet another dirty, dangerous, and expensive energy industry -- the so-called Dakota Access Pipeline for pumping Bakken crude oil, targeted at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's land on the Missouri River in North Dakota. Environmental groups have long stood in solidarity with traditional indigenous peoples to successfully block high-level radioactive waste dumps targeted at the Skull Valley Goshutes Indian Reservation in Utah, Western Shoshone Indian land at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, and many other Native lands across the U.S., as well as to resist uranium mining on Native lands (including in the Dakotas) and beyond. We must again now stand with our environmental justice allies in their time of escalating crisis -- as local, state, and even federal governmental and law enforcement agencies are unnecessarily increasing the tension, and safety risks, in an attempt to disperse a peaceful, growing encampment of many hundreds of Native Americans (including women, children, and elders), who have gathered to protect sacred land and water against an illegal, polluting, and dangerous crude oil pipeline. More

Friday
Sep302016

Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, Oct. 10-11, 2016, U. of NV Las Vegas

Native Community Action Council logoBeyond Nuclear is honored and privileged to be invited by the Native Community Action Council (NCAC) to present at its Native American Forum on Nuclear Issues, taking place on October 10 & 11, 2016, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV).

See the event flier here.

See the agenda/program here.

The Forum is sponsored by the UNLV Academic Multicultural Resource Center and UNLV Boyd School of Law.

Learn more about NCAC at its website.

Friday
Nov202015

Resisting environmental racism at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Corbin Harney (standing), Western Shoshone spiritual leader, and Raymond Yowell, then Western Shoshone Indian Nation chief, at Peace Camp, NV, Oct. 2002, leading protests against nuclear weapons testing, militarism, and radioactive waste dumping at the Nevada Test Site. Photo by Gabriela Bulisova.November 20th marked the end of a rushed, "going-through-the motions" Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a thinly veiled attempt to revive the cancelled Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste dump in Nevada.

NRC didn't even bother to provide advance notice to the affected Indian tribes downstream from the targeted site, let alone consult with them in a government-to-government manner, as is the agency's legal obligation. But at least NRC is consistent: it didn't provide any funding to the tribes, either, placing an extraordinary burden on the tribal nations to meet the arbitrarily-short deadline. In this regard, NRC's SDEIS public comment proceeding itself was a violation of environmental justice (EJ), not to mention the agency's biased push to bury 70,000 metric tons, or more, of high-level radioactive waste on indigenous land, guaranteed to leak into the precious, even sacred, drinking water supply.

Despite NRC's own EJ violations, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe and the Native Community Action Council met the deadline, with powerful comments. They thereby continued a tradition of protecting Yucca Mountain, and its groundwater, that dates back not just years or decades, but centuries and millenia, to time immemorial. More.

Thursday
Oct092014

"Uranium? Leave It In the Ground!" film showing & discussion, Nov. 16