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Continuing “Nuclear Lip-Zip” by Mainstream Presidential Candidates Outrages Concerned Citizens Across the U.S.
Japanese Ambassador Adds His Voice to Groups Converging on D.C. Sept. 20-22 to Focus Congress, NRC and Media on Nuclear Dangers
The Coalition Against Nukes (CAN) Rally for a Nuclear-Free Future converges on the nation’s capitol, September 20-22, to raise national awareness of the inherent dangers of nuclear energy and weaponry, uranium mining and the storage of radioactive waste. CAN represents concerned citizens across the U.S. who are enraged that neither mainstream presidential candidate has presented any information about these dangers to the American public.
The three-day rally is endorsed by over 70 anti-nuclear, environmental and citizen’s organizations, including the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and Occupy Wall Street. It will include a powerful Congressional briefing by experts on nuclear energy and weaponry, hosted by Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s office and including a direct appeal from former Japanese ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata. Other actions will include a meeting between concerned citizens and the new NRC Chair, Allison Macfarlane; a “No War No Nukes / Occupy the NRC” rally outside NRC headquarters; a rally at the Capitol Reflecting Pool; an event at the Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institute); a fundraiser at Busboys and Poets; and film showings at the Letelier Theatre in Georgetown.
CAN calls for immediate shutdown of this country’s 23 Fukushima-style nuclear reactors and a phase-out of nuclear energy, because they put all Americans at risk from aging reactors located near fault lines, as well as operator error and terrorist attack.
“In just the past week, Japan, Belgium, Quebec and Spain have all announced they will shut down, phase out or not relicense nuclear reactors. Fukushima is an international nuclear wake-up call, but it appears the U.S. prefers playing with Armageddon,” said Priscilla Star, Founder of the Coalition Against Nukes.
Despite the best PR efforts by the nuclear industry, nuclear energy is not “green” energy. The entire fuel cycle from the mining and milling of uranium to nuclear energy production, radioactive waste and use of weaponry contaminates all life forms, forever. Ongoing exposure to radioactive contaminants causes chronic and terminal conditions, such as cancer, thyroid and heart diseases, miscarriage, birth defects and genetic damage. Illness, genetic mutation and death in the aftermath of Fukushima, Chernobyl and Three Mile Island have shown that no one can guarantee the safety of nuclear reactors and no one is immune to its threat.
The Congressional Briefing will cover toxic nuclear waste and storage issues; the ongoing Fukushima disaster and its threat to U.S. health and safety; the connection between nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons; radiation impact on the human body; the dangers of our decrepit nuclear fleet; and the risks we face of a catastrophic reactor meltdown in the United States.
The list of Congressional Briefing speakers and their bios is available here: https://coalitionagainstnukes.org/speakers/#briefing
Speakers over the three days include: Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein; Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds.com; Alice Slater of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Friends of the Earth President Emeritus Brent Blackwelder; Michael Mariotte, Executive Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service; Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear; Dr. Margaret Flowers, a Congressional Fellow for the Physicians for a National Health Program; Greenpeace’s Nuclear Policy Analyst Jim Riccio; Dr. Catherine Thomasson, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility; and evacuees from Japan.
A full schedule of the CAN events, including locations and times, can be found at:
A complete list of speakers for all events, along with their bios, can be found at:
Interviewees are available, many prepared to speak from a personal perspective, to all of the above mentioned subjects.
Contact: CANRallyMedia(at)gmail(dot)com or call: 818- 515-2285 to schedule interviews.
ABOUT COALITION AGAINST NUKES: Coalition Against Nukes (CAN) is a proactive grassroots citizens group focused on nuclear issues that actively networks with elected officials; creates and circulates petitions; organizes peaceful marches, rallies and public events; and disseminates information on why the nuclear power industry (beginning with uranium mining) must be stopped. It was founded by longtime activist Priscilla Star soon after the catastrophic nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, which began on March 11, 2011 and continues to this day.
Contact: Libbe HaLevy, Communications Coordinator – 818-515-2285 CANRallyMedia@gmail.com / www.CoalitionAgainstNukes.org