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Nuclear power cannot address climate change effectively or in time. Reactors have long, unpredictable construction times are expensive - at least $12 billion or higher per reactor. Furthermore, reactors are sitting-duck targets vulnerable to attack and routinely release - as well as leak - radioactivity. There is so solution to the problem of radioactive waste.

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Monday
Jan162017

Resist Trump Network: Action of the Day [re: Sessions for AG]

Action Alert from Resist Trump Network. Please note that the U.S. Attorney General has broad ranging oversight on nuclear power, radioactive waste, and radiation/health matters. As but one timely example: Beyond Nuclear et al. are challenging unprecedented highly radioactive waste truck shipments from Chalk River, Ontario, Canada to Savannah River Site, South Carolina, U.S.A. Although Beyond Nuclear et al.' lawsuit is against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Justice is arguing the case on behalf of DOE. The U.S. Attorney General (AG) runs the DOJ. In fact, most legal matters, involving any federal agency, will very likely involve the AG to some extent, including on nuclear matters. And as the alert makes clear, civil rights and environmental justice (EJ) are closely linked. And nuclear matters impact heavily on EJ, as low income, people of color communities are very disproportionately targeted for hazardous nuclear facilities.

 

Happy MLK Day!  Yesterday Donald Trump attacked Civil Rights hero and environmental champion John Lewis for standing up to his extremist agenda. Perhaps no one has meshed civil rights and environmentalism better than Rep. Lewis, and yesterday’s attack was a wake up call that we all need to RESIST Trump together.

 

In honoring Martin Luther King and Rep. Lewis today we are asking that you stand for civil rights and environmental justice by taking a few quick actions in support of the campaign to stop Jeff Sessions from becoming leading the Department of Justice as our next U.S. Attorney General.

 

Last week, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Sen. Cory Booker took the stand against Sessions - making an impassioned plea to the Senate to reject Sessions nomination.  His testimony drew largely on Sessions disgraceful record on race relations and civil rights.

 

Learn more: about Sessions’ disgraceful history: ACLU report.

 

Take Quick Action to #StopSessions:

 

Sample Tweet:

Think about how hard Dr. King fought for #votingrights. Then think about how Jeff Sessions wants to roll them back. #StopSessions #MLKDay

 

Retweet from Democracy Awakening

Retweet from NAACP

Retweet from Mark Ruffalo

 

Share the attached graphic from the Human Rights Campaign on Facebook and other social media channels. [See above.]

 

And remember to join us tomorrow for our Resist Trump Network check-in call to preview the week ahead (hint: we got another big one.)

 

The call will take place at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT:  an email with call in number has gone out and a reminder will go out tomorrow.

 

Talk to you then!


Allison, Ben and Jean

[Allison Fisher of Public Citizen, Ben Schreiber of Friends of the Earth, and Jean Su of Center for Biological Diversity, the founders and coordinators of the Resist Trump Network. The Resist Trump Network holds a 30-minute call every Monday at 4pm Eastern. Please reach out to bschreiber@foe.org to receive the call-in information.]

Monday
Jan092017

Entergy to close Indian Point nuclear plant in landmark agreement

See the Riverkeeper/Scenic Hudson/NRDC press release, posted at the Riverkeeper website. A link to the 169-page agreement is included.

Saturday
Jan072017

AFSC: CHALLENGING TRUMPISM CONFERENCE - JAN. 22

Beyond Nuclear is honored and privileged to be a co-sponsor of this American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) event, and to take part in it:

CHALLENGING TRUMPISM, WARS AND MILITARISM

After the Inauguration: Rest Your Feet, Feed Your Head, Stoke Your Fire!

A free conference at American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center
SUNDAYJANUARY 22:  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Please join featured speakers Phyllis Bennis, Michael McPhearson, Judith LeBlanc, John Feffer, Alli McCracken, maTT DeVlieger, Jackie Cabasso, john Feffer, Raed Jarrar, Joseph Gerson, George Martin, Cole Harrison, Kevin Martin and others in a dialogue on building the peace and social justice movement as we build the resistance needed to overcome the Trump regime’s tyranny. In addition to panel discussions, we will have small-group strategy sessions.

Our venue is the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Campus map - http://www.american.edu/aumaps/upload/Main_Tenley_Vicinity.pdf

Directions - http://www.american.edu/aumaps/index.cfm

Parking is $2 per hour in the garage under the Katzen Arts Center on Massachusetts Ave., north of Ward Circle

Shuttle bus from Metro Red Line – Tenleytown station

Sponsoring organizations (in formation): Peace and Planet, American Friends Service Committee, Peace Action Education Fund, United for Peace and Justice, Western States Legal Foundation, Beyond Nuclear, and more.

To add your organization as a sponsor, please contact Joseph Gerson at: JGerson@afsc.org

JOIN US IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

American Friends Service Committee
2162 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
United States

Saturday
Jan072017

#WeRise - Jan 21 Teach-In

Beyond Nuclear is honored and privileged to be an official endorser of the following event, and to serve on the planning sub-committee for the environmental track:

#WeRise - Jan 21 Teach-In

On Friday, January 20, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

On Saturday afternoon, January 21, we gear up for a serious struggle — with an inspirational teach-in that complements the Women’s March on Washington. [Beyond Nuclear has also endorsed, and will take part in, this event.]

Learn more about the Teach-In and RSVP on the event website.

On the anniversary of Citizens United, the Teach-In will launch a serious conversation about what it means to have a democracy in an America where corporate interests rule and the Constitutional rights of large groups of people are publicly undermined by elected leaders.

And it will educate, mobilize and plug countless Americans into urgent campaigns rooted in protecting these most basic rights.

Will you join us?

Attendees at the teach-in will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the critical challenges Trump’s corporate, extremist agenda poses.
  • Learn how to protect and stand in solidarity with immigrant, Muslim and other targeted communities.

  • Identify the intersection between attacks on democracy and our most fundamental rights.
  • Acquire skills to become effective organizers at home.

We know that president-elect Trump and the Republican Congress are swinging their wrecking balls as you read this.

This teach-in is our chance to gear up to fight back with love, solidarity, community and power in numbers.

We hope you can make it.

In solidarity,

Courtney Fuller
Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People Campaign

Saturday
Jan072017

"Day Against Denial" actions (Mon., Jan. 9), and Resisting Trump’s Corporate Cabinet

On Thursday, January 5, at 3 pm Eastern, the Climate Reality Check team* held the latest in their series of national conference calls to help strengthen community organizing on climate, entitled:

"Day Against Denial" day of actions, and Resisting Trump’s Corporate Cabinet

[Recording: https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback_rudd/?n=O3J5d/uBSpX ]

Donald Trump is putting together a cabinet of greedy corporate shills and climate deniers.

[Beyond Nuclear has focused on the nomination of former Texas governor Rick Perry, due to his blatant conflict of interest involving the Waste Control Specialists, LLC radioactive waste dump in Andrews County, TX. See Beyond Nuclear's article, Radioactive Waste is Good for You, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Rick Perry as Energy Secretary.]

In fact, Trump’s cabinet, if confirmed, will be unparalleled in its ties to Big Polluters and massive corporations.

But it is not a done deal.

A broad coalition of allies are joining the campaign to stop these dangerous picks from being confirmed.

They were joined by Everette Thompson of 350.org and Ben Schreiber of Friends of the Earth who led the discussion on the mobilization to block Trump’s dangerous cabinet. The discussion included:

  • The goals of the Day of Denial action on January 9.
  • How the confirmation process for cabinet nominations works.
  • The paths and possibilities for blocking key nominations.
  • How to plug into the various efforts to resist Trump.

More about the presenters:

Ben Schreiber is the climate and energy program director at Friends of the Earth.  Before heading the climate and energy team, Ben previously served as the climate and energy tax analyst at Friends of the Earth. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth, he was a staff attorney at Environment America where he focused on energy issues.  Ben received a B.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis

Everette R.H. Thompson has over 15 years of experience in community organizing, organizational development and movement building.  He is Southerner by birth and choice and has dedicated his career to strengthening organizational infrastructure in the South.   Everette has served as the National Field Director for the Rights Working Group a national coalition of over 300 community-based groups and policy organizations dedicated to ending racial and bias profiling across the country.  He also served as the Regional Director of Amnesty International USA’s Southern Regional Office, which was based in Atlanta, GA and covered a region comprised of eleven states in the Southeastern U.S.  As Regional Director, Everette provided the overall strategic vision to meet AIUSA’s campaign goals in the South, traveled extensively throughout the South building strategic partnerships and coalitions and served as the lead spokesperson for AIUSA South. Everette currently serves as the National Equity & Justice Coordinator for 350.org.

Take Action:
Join the Trump Resistance Rapid Response Team [and see the update below, posted as a follow up]

As mentioned on the call members of the Climate Reality Check network are organizing a rapid response effort (on the call it was referred to as a war room) to coordinate action and messaging around a variety of threats coming from the Trump Administration.  Please sign-up below if you are interested in connecting with this effort. 

Join a Day Against Denial action this MONDAY, Jan 9.

As stated on the call, we want to have actions in all our states and currently we need folks to sign-up for actions in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia  and Wyoming.
 
January 9th #DayAgainstDenial 
The info about the Jan, 9 #DayAgainstDenial is pasted in below. Thanks to the many of you who are already involved. If you're still looking to plug in, see below, or email duncan@350.org for more info.
 
There are dozens of events already registered in nearly all 50 states. We would love it if you or one of your local members is able to anchor a new event in a state where we don't have one yet. Your help spreading the word about all the events is hugely helpful as well. 
DC Actions During Next Week's Hearings 
For DC actions, we're hosting an action training / meet-up to plug people into a variety of appointee actions on Tuesday, Jan 10 in the evening. Please encourage more people to attend -- it's a great place to plug into teams that are taking action on Tillerson and more. 
If you have any questions about any of the actions in D.C., please email Deirdre Shelly, deirdre@350.org.
You can also contact your U.S. Senators via a Food & Water Watch action alert (Worst. Cabinet. Ever. Trump Is Building a Cabinet Full of Corporate Control. Tell Your Senators: Block These Appointments!)

 

*The CRC team is Allison Fisher, Public Citizen, Nancy LaPlaca, NC WARN, Jean Su, the Center for Biological Diversity and Ted Glick, Beyond Extreme Energy and movement builder.

Have an idea or speaker for a call?  Email Allison at afisher@citizen.org