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Oct072015

Global anti-nuclear leaders in DC at Nuclear-Free Future Award

Beyond Nuclear is honored to co-host the 2015 Nuclear-Free Future Award which will be held in on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on October 28th.  You are invited to attend!

The prestigious Nuclear-Free Future Award honors those who have worked to rid the world of uranium mining, nuclear power and nuclear weapons. 

The Oct. 28 ceremony will take place from 6pm-9pm in Room B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building of the U.S. House of Representatives, preceded by a 5pm reception.  Free and open to the public.

The honorary co-hosts of the evening are Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Congressman Jim P. McGovern (D-MA), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA).  Beyond Nuclear and Green Cross International (GCI) are the NGO co-hosts.

Please RSVP to Victoria Pennacchio (GCI) at vlpenn17@g.holycross.edu no later than October 21 as space is limited and entry will be by RSVP list. 

Seven-time Grammy award-winning saxophonist Paul Winter, and composer and musician David Amram, winner of the 2012 Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award, will provide the musical entertainment.

The 2015 Nuclear-Free Future Award Laureates are:  

Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed (Resistance). In an act of passive civil disobedience, they gained entry to the Y-12 U.S. nuclear weapons complex in Oak Ridge, TN, were arrested on site, tried, imprisoned and released earlier this year. 

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (Education).  Her work illustrates deformities and mutations in the insect realm caused by exposure to radiation from nuclear power accidents and radioactive releases.  

The Honorable Tony deBrum (Solutions).  As Foreign Secretary of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the site of 67 Cold War atomic tests, he has led efforts to get the nine nuclear weapons states to fulfill their disarmament duties under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  

Ambassador Alexander Kmentt (Special Recognition).  As Austria’s Director of Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has been instrumental in Austria’s international leadership in demanding a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Cree Youth of Mistissini (Special Recognition). Youth members of the Mistissini Cree First Nation in Quebec Province, Canada, led a successful campaign to ban uranium exploration, mining and waste storage on their land in Northern Quebec.  

The annual Nuclear-Free Future Award is sponsored by the Nuclear-Free Future Award Foundation in Germany and has been presented annually since 1998.  More information about the Award and Laureates can be found at: http://www.nuclear-free-future.com/en/