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Thursday
Nov132014

40 years since nuclear whistleblower Karen Silkwood's tragic, suspicious death

Karen Silkwood, Feb. 19, 1946 to Nov. 13, 1974. Nov. 13, 2014 marks the 40th year since her death.Thursday, November 13th marks the 40th year since the tragic, suspicious death of Karen Silkwood, nuclear whistleblower. The Christic Institute Archives on the Karen Silkwood case remain a testament to the inspiration of her courageous stand against radioactivity risks to workers, and safety shortcuts by the nuclear industry.

Beyond Nuclear will have an information table in memory of Karen Silkwood at the Sierra Club Nuclear-Free Campaign national gathering in Washington, D.C. from November 14-17, including at the "Uranium? Keep It in the Ground!" film screening and discussion on Nov. 16th at Busboys and Poets 5th&K Streets, N.W. location.

The table will feature copies of the books The Killing of Karen Silkwood: The Story Behind the Kerr-McGee Plutonium Case by Richard L. Rashke, as well as Who Killed Karen Silkwood? by Howard Kohn.

Silkwood, the drama starring Meryl Streep and Cher, won multiple Oscar nominations, and brought Karen Silkwood's story to the attention of millions.

Kay Drey, Beyond Nuclear board member, penned a pamphlet aimed at protecting nuclear workers against radioactivity risks: Your Nuclear Work Place: Know Your Risks, Know Your Rights. Coincidentally, Kay gave her first public speech against nuclear power on the very day that Karen Silkwood died.