September 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2012

SEPTEMBER NO NUKES convergence on Washington D.C.

It’s time to really focus on nuclear power issues before the 2012 presidential election!  The Coalition Against Nukes is organizing an anti-nuclear convergence in Washington, DC, Sept. 20-22, 2012 to fully expose the nuclear crisis in Japan and its relevance to the insidious nuclear industry in the United States.  This is a grassroots effort and we need your involvement for these events to be successful! We must maximize awareness before the election to bring attention to the dangers of nuclear power.  We would like to engage the pro-nuclear presidential candidates in this discussion and welcome the participation of all anti-nuclear candidates, especially the likely Green Party nominee, Jill Stein who will be in attendance. We are also seeking the support and endorsement of high profile members of the film, arts and music industries. It is time to step up and demonstrate your true colors for a Nuclear Free future! Your action is needed now more than ever.

Please send us an endorsement and/or solidarity statement from you and/or your organization as soon as possible!  Send endorsements to C.A.N. by  clicking on Contact. We call on citizens across the country to mobilize their communities by working from now until September to get to Washington, DC for these events.  We also urge you to call or email your elected representatives and urge them to attend the congressional briefing. C.A.N will also invite our congressional representatives to the briefing on Sept. 20th at the Cannon Bldg, Rm 121, 2-4pm.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday September 20th

Mothers (parents) against Nukes Rally at the Capital Reflecting Pool 11:30pm – 2:30pm
This rally will take place before our congressional briefing Sept. 20th.

Congressional Briefing  2:00pm – 4:00pm Cannon Building – Room number 121 (confirmed)  This briefing has several aims:

  1. Focus attention on the medical effects of radiation exposure.
  2. Call for the phase out of nuclear power beginning with the rapid closure of Mark I and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the US, in concert with plans to meet our energy needs through conservation, efficiency and renewable energy sources. We also call for the decommissioning of any reactors with serious glaring concerns or located in a seismic/tsunami prone area.
  3. Heighten the focus on the continuing catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan and especially in regards to spent fuel pool in the number 4 reactor which will hopefully still be intact by September. This briefing will include medical testimony on the effects of radiation from Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Executive Director of  Physicians for Social Responsibility (confirmed), testimony from Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (confirmed) on the relationship of nuclear weapons to nuclear power, testimony on the state of our decrepit nuclear fleet in the United States from Michael Mariotte of NIRS (confirmed) and testimony from Beyond Nuclear‘s Paul Gunter (confirmed) on the Freeze Our Fukushima’s campaign and why it is imperative that we immediately close all of our dangerous GE Mark 1 and Mark 2 boiling water reactors in the United States.  Arne Gundersen will give testimony on the Fukushima catastrophe and reactor #4. Arjun Makhijani, author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy will be speaking as well.

We need to mobilize the grassroots to lobby their congress people to attend with letters and phone calls from now until then. C.A.N. will send a formal letter of invitation to all congressional members. Dennis Kucinich, whose office reserved the room will send a dear colleagues letter closer to the event. (During this briefing, some banner drops in effective locations around D.C. could be done by affinity groups)

Nuclear Free Live Music/Speakers Busboys and Poets 8pm-11pm Fundraiser with live music and speakers at the Busboys and Poets 14th & V Street location, Langston Room.  Speakers including congressman Dennis Kucinich, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, Harvey Wasserman, Yuko Tonohira, and others. Live music will include The Insurgency from Detroit and Miriams Well from Portland. (confirmed)

Friday September 21st

International NUKE FREE Solidarity/Occupy the Japanese and Indian Embassies 9:30am – 11:30am: Presentation of demands to the Japanese embassy and the Indian embassy (Koodankulam solidarity), other embassies French (for example) could be included.

No Nukes No War Rally / Occupy The NRC @ 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, This will include a peaceful protest outside the building and a public meeting inside the building if possible. This rally will have a NO NUKES/NO WAR theme and Speakers will address the numerous nuclear fiascoes across the country from Vermont Yankee to Indian Point to North Anna to Palisades to Davis Besse to Fermi to San Onofre and beyond! 2pm – 5pm (confirmed)

Film Screening/Live Music/Speakers venue TBA

After Dark: NO Nuke NO War candlelight vigil — possible TBA

Saturday September 22nd

Strategy Summit

The No Nukes Strategy Meeting will take place from 9:30 am – 5pm at the Washington Theological Union, 6896 Laurel Street Northwest Washington, DC 20012, (202) 726-8800. This meeting will focus on taking strategies home for a regional NO NUKES blitz at the end of October or beginning of November.