We call on the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by:

  • renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first
  • ending the sole, unchecked authority of any President to launch a nuclear attack
  • taking US nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert
  • cancelling the plan to replace its entire arsenal with enhanced weapons;
  • actively pursuing a verifiable agreement among nuclear armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals

Background
Since the height of the Cold War the U.S .and Russia have dismantled more than 50,000 nuclear warheads, but 15,000 of these weapons still exist and they pose an intolerable risk to human survival. 95% of these weapons are in the hands of the United States and Russia; the rest are held by seven other countries, the United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.

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On February 13, 1960, France carried out its first nuclear test in Algeria’s southern Reggane region. According to official statistics, 17 nuclear tests were carried out in total over the next 6 years. The area remains affected, and local scientists say that radioactive contamination has caused genetic mutations and irreversibly changed the region.

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From its origins in local anti-testing groups – largely run by women concerned about hugely increased levels of radioactive strontium-90 in their children’s milk –CND burst onto the political scene on 17th February 1958. Attempts to win Labour to an anti-nuclear position had failed in 1957, leading intellectuals and campaigners to take matters into their own hands, calling for a mass movement to defeat Britain’s bomb. The result was a meeting of thousands of people at Central Hall, Westminster, filled to overflowing. The rest, as they say, is history.

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https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/power-struggle-closing-vermont-yankee

Nuclear Free Future host Margaret Harrington talks with Robbie Leppzer about his documentary film POWER STRUGGLE which had its world premiere at the Vermont International Film Festival in Burlington on Sunday, October 29. Leppzer made the film over a period of 5 years following citizen activists and elected officials with his camera as they battled nuclear officials about the increasing safety violations at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant. Maggie and Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education join the discussion to tell the story of how their research exposed Vermont Yankee officials.

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http://projectcensored.org/podcast/nuclear-power-problems-robbie-leppzer-arie-maggie-gunderson/

Documentary producer Robbie Leppzer, discusses his latest work, Power Struggle. It’s an account of the grassroots campaign to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, and the problems that remain after the plant’s closure. Next, nuclear-power critics Arnie and Maggie Gundersen return to Project Censored to explain some of the continuing hazards facing Fukushima, Japan, years after the meltdown there. Finally, Poets Reading the News make a second appearance on the show.

Notes: Robbie Leppzer is a film producer with over 30 documentaries to his credit. Arnie and Maggie Gundersen left careers in the nuclear power industry to devote themselves to educating the public about nuclear power’s hazards. Elle Aviv Newton and Jenna Spagnolo are the co-editors of Poets Reading the News.

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On July 25, 2015, Green Majority of Canada published an interview with Dr. Gordon Edwards, the president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. The link to the interview posted here goes to a version with accurate English subtitles for the benefit of the hearing impaired, people who know English as […]

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Three years ago today SA Premier Jay Weatherill announced a Royal Commission into the nuclear industry and a major community campaign against plans for an international high level radioactive waste dump began.

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