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C.A.N. Capitol Rally Speakers

Jim Riccio, Greenpeace USA Cathy Iwane, Concerned Mother and Evacuee of Japan & Wakayama Ladies Against Nukes
Gary Shaw, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) Susan Hito Shapiro, Radiation and Public Health Project & Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Courtney Hansen, Georgia Wand & Stop Plant Vogtle Lou Zeller, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
David Kraft, Nuclear Energy Information Service Mali Martha Lightfoot, Helen Caldicott Foundation
Mandy Hancock, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Diane D’Arrigo, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) & Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network, Sierra Club No Nukes Campaign
Kristen Iversen, kristeniversen.com Leslie March, Sierra Club
Chris Williams, SAGE Alliance Terry Lodge, Esq, representative of antinuclear intervenors in Ohio and Michigan
Kendra Ulrich, Friends of the Earth Nancy Burton, Connecticut Coalition Against Millstone
Mary Stamos, Founding Member of Three Mile Island Alert Health Committee Nan Laney, Independently Monitoring International Radiation Readings
Gene Stone, Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) Iori Mochizuki, Fukushima Diary
Michael Leonardi, Coalition Against Nukes and Toledo Coalition for Safe Energy

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Congressional Briefing Speakers


Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a longtime advocate for peace and nuclear non-proliferation, is sponsoring this Congressional Briefing for our elected Representatives to gain greater awareness around several critical issues complicating nuclear energy. http://kucinich.house.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mitsuhei Murata, Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland
Mitsuhei Murata
Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland

Mitsuhei Murata was born in Tokyo in 1938. A career diplomat, he entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1960 after graduating in Law from Tokyo University. He served as Deputy Director-General of the United Nations Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Deputy Secretary-General, Fair Trade Commission; former Japanese Ambassador to Senegal as well as Switzerland before taking Honorary Professor positions at Tianjin University of Science and Technology (China) and Tokai Gakuen University. He is currently Executive Director for Japan Society for Global System and Ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arnie Gundersen
Arnie Gundersen
Congressional Briefing

Arnie Gundersen is an energy advisor with 39-years of nuclear power engineering experience. A former nuclear industry senior vice president, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in nuclear engineering, holds a nuclear safety patent, and was a licensed reactor operator. During his nuclear industry career, Arnie managed and coordinated projects at 70-nuclear power plants around the country. He speaks on television, radio, and at public meetings on the need for a new paradigm in energy production. An independent nuclear engineering and safety expert, Arnie provides testimony on nuclear operations, reliability, safety, and radiation issues to the NRC, Congressional and State Legislatures, and Government Agencies and Officials throughout the US, Canada, and internationally. http://fairewinds.com/

 


Catherine Thomasson
Catherine Thomasson
Congressional Briefing

Catherine Thomasson is Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the largest health professional-led advocacy organization addressing the gravest threats to human health. Dr. Thomasson is an internal medicine physician working in both teaching roles and as a clinician for the last 30 years. She has interwoven political work primarily with Oregon PSR from 2000-2006 as president of the board and then co-president of the national PSR board from 2006-8. She has been speaking and advocating on PSR’s issues from nuclear weapons abolition, cleaning up Hanford Nuclear Reservation and on Iran following her trip there in 2007. She helped to successfully call for early closure of Oregon’s last coal-burning power plant in Boardman, served on numerous boards and advisory committees for health and safe water issues in Oregon and brought the health voice to the Climate Change City Plan of Portland and to state coalitions addressing transportation and health. She taught Climate Change and Public Health at Portland State University. She also worked with the Oregon Medical Association educating and advocating for chemical toxins reform nationwide and on specific chemical issues at the state legislature and through the organization. http://www.psr.org

 


Arjun Makhijani
Arjun Makhijani
Congressional Briefing

Dr. Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Dr. Makhijani earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972. He specializes in nuclear fusion.

Dr. Makhijani is a recognized authority on energy issues. He has authored and co-authored numerous reports and books on energy and environment related issues. In 1971, he was the principal author of the first study of the energy efficiency potential of the U.S. economy, and also authored a book available for free download online titled Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007). http://ieer.org/

 

 

 


Alice Slater
Alice Slater
Congressional Briefing

Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, serves on its International Coordinating Committee and directs the Abolition 2000 Sustainable Energy Working Group.  She is on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Policy and a member of the Energy Committee of the NYC Bar Association.  Ms. Slater is member of the Steering Committee of Shut Down Indian Point Now and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the Rideau Institute.  She is a UN NGO Representative and has written numerous articles and op-eds, with frequent appearances on local and national media. www.wagingpeace.org

 

 

 

 


Paul Gunter
Paul Gunter
Congressional Briefing

Paul Gunter is a lead spokesperson in nuclear reactor hazards and security concerns. He acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry. He is a 2008 recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation for environmental activism for his work on the nuclear power and climate change issue. He has appeared on NBC Nightly World News, The Lehrer News Hour, BBC World News and Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” He was a cofounder of the antinuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 to oppose the construction of the Seabrook (NH) nuclear power plant through non‐violent direct action that launched the U.S. antinuclear movement. Prior to joining Beyond Nuclear he served for 16 years as the Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for Nuclear Information and Resource Service. An environmental activist and energy policy analyst, he has been an ardent critic of atomic power development for more than 30 years. Paul is a New Englander who was born in Mississippi and raised in Detroit, MI. http://www.beyondnuclear.org/

 

 


Michael Mariotte
Michael Mariotte
Congressional Briefing

Michael Mariotte is the Executive Director and the chief spokesperson for NIRS. He came to NIRS in 1985 and has led the organization since 1986. He has made numerous television appearances and has been widely quoted in the press. He has testified in the United States Senate and before the U.S. House of Representatives on radioactive waste transportation; radioactive metals “recycling;” the future of the nuclear power industry; “one-step” reactor licensing and other issues. He has also spoken before Parliamentary bodies in Bulgaria and Hungary, and appeared at conferences and media events in Greece, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Antioch College. http://www.nirs.org/

 

 

 

 


S. David Freeman
S. David Freeman
Congressional Briefing

S. David Freeman is a senior advisor with Friends of the Earth’s nuclear campaign. He has more than four decades of experience directing federal, regional and local energy policies. He was appointed chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority by Jimmy Carter in 1977, where he stopped the construction of eight large nuclear power plants and pioneered a massive energy conservation program. Subsequently, David served for two decades as general manager of several large public power agencies including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the New York Power Authority and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. David is a renowned expert on clean energy, efficiency and the risks of nuclear power. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, and an L.L.B. from the University of Tennessee. He wrote Energy: The New Era in 1974, and Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How in 2007. foe.org


Mariko Bender
Mariko Bender
Congressional Briefing

Mariko Bender is co-founder of “World Network for Saving Children from Radiation”. Ms. Bender is a native of Fukushima, Japan, where her family and friends still live in the area contaminated by radiation. She is a Buddhist and advocate for children. Now a resident of the Northeast (US), she is the mother of two boys. Family visits to Japan have necessarily been curtailed.

The Network was established in order to inform English speaking peoples of the real situation in Fukushima. World Network was also founded because news coverage of this long-lasting tragedy has diminished over the last year, yet the effects of the radiation are still being experienced. The main focus of the Network will be those most affected by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, especially children. World Network cooperates with “Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation” to support children who need to be evacuated or who need protection from further radiation exposure.

Most recently, The Network helped translate Dr. Helen Caldicott’s latest interview and speech on  THE NUCLEAR SACRIFICE OF OUR CHILDREN held at Byron Bay in Australia.

Ms. Bender has worked as a consultant for the Pace University Business Writing Program, and as a Director of the Japanese Language department at St. Paul’s Anglican Grammar School in Australia. She has worked as a translator/interpreter and has organized fundraisers for 3/11 Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims.
She looks forward to the rally to speak on behalf of the children of Fukushima.

C.A.N. Fundraiser @ Busboys and Poets


Harvey Wasserman
Harvey Wasserman
Busboys and Poets Fundraiser!

Harvey Wasserman is author or co-author of a dozen books and edits the www.nukefree.org website. His Green Power & Wellness Show is at www.progressiveradionetwork.com. In 1973-4, he helped found America’s grassroots “No Nukes” movement, a phrase he helped coin. He is senior advisor to Greenpeace USA and the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and Senior Editor of www.freepress.org. He speaks regularly to citizen and campus groups around the US. In 1994 he addressed 350,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Iori Cheshire Mochizuki
Iori Cheshire Mochizuki
Busboys and Poets Fundraiser!

Iori Cheshire Mochizuki writes the Fukushima Diary blog to share on-the-ground information of what’s happening to the people of Japan since Fukushima. A resident of Yokohama, about 155 miles south of Fukushima, after the March 11, 2012, he became frustrated with the lack of reliable information from official Japanese channels and began posting stories he discovered on Facebook sites. Harassed and threatened by Japanese officials, facing repeated online DDOS attacks and sickened by radiation (diarrhea, headache, coughing, nasal congestion, fatigue, pain on his eyes), Mochizuki left Japan in December, 2011. Since then, he has traveled extensively and been hosted by his blog’s followers to stay in hotels and rental units in France, Spain, Netherlands, Romania, Austria and Tunisia. He currently lives in Canada.  Fukushima Diary continues to be read by approximately 10,000 people a day.  http://fukushima-diary.com

 


Kristen Inversen
Kristen Inversen
Busboys and Poets Fundraiser!

Kristen Iversen grew up in Arvada, Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weaponry facility and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver. She is Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The University of Memphis and also Editor-in-Chief of The Pinch, an award-winning literary journal. She is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats and Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award for Biography and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction. Several documentaries have been based on this book. Iversen is also the author of a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. www.kristeniversen.com

 

 

 

 

 


Michael Mariotte
Michael Mariotte
Busboys and Poets Fundraiser!

Michael Mariotte is the Executive Director and the chief spokesperson for NIRS. He came to NIRS in 1985 and has led the organization since 1986. He has made numerous television appearances and has been widely quoted in the press. He has testified in the United States Senate and before the U.S. House of Representatives on radioactive waste transportation; radioactive metals “recycling;” the future of the nuclear power industry; “one-step” reactor licensing and other issues. He has also spoken before Parliamentary bodies in Bulgaria and Hungary, and appeared at conferences and media events in Greece, Ukraine, Slovakia, Germany and elsewhere. He is a graduate of Antioch College. http://www.nirs.org/

 

 

 

 


Occupy the NRC Speakers


Jill Stein
Jill Stein
Occupy the NRC

Dr. Jill Stein is the Green Party presidential nominee, campaigning for “A Green New Deal for America,” which seeks to create 25 million jobs and ending unemployment by converting to a new, green economy and democracy. Dr. Stein is an award-winning Massachusetts physician with a background in environmental health, a pioneering environmental-health advocate, a mother, housewife, physician and longtime teacher of internal medicine. She is the co-author of two widely-praised reports, In Harm’s Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development, published in 2000, and Environmental Threats to Healthy Aging, published in 2009. Her “Healthy People, Healthy Planet” teaching program reveals the links between human health, climate security, and green economic revitalization. These materials have been presented at government, public health and medical conferences, and have been used to improve public policy. http://www.jillstein.org/

 


Jim Riccio
Jim Riccio
Occupy the NRC

Jim Riccio has been Greenpeace’s Nuclear Policy Analyst since 2001 and has over two decades of nuclear activist experience. One of the nation’s most prominent anti-nuclear activists, Jim has been featured in many of today’s major media outlets. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe, and has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, CNN, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel. http://www.greenpeace.org

 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Margaret Flowers
Dr. Margaret Flowers
Occupy the NRC

Dr. Margaret Flowers is co-director of It’s Our Economy and a Maryland pediatrician with experience as a hospitalist at a rural hospital and in private practice. She is currently working on single-payer health care reform full-time. In addition to her activity as co-chair of the Maryland chapter and national board advisor for Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Dr. Flowers is on the board of Healthcare-Now! and on the steering committee of the Leadership Conference for Guaranteed Health Care. Dr. Flowers obtained her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. http://itsoureconomy.us/who-we-are/

 

 

 

 

 


Kevin Zeese, co-director of It’s Our Economy, is an attorney who has been a political activist since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980.  He works on peace, economic justice, criminal law reform and reviving American democracy.  He advocates for democratizing the economy as co-director of It’s Our Economy and works to oppose to war and shrink the military budget through Come Home America. Zeese serves on the steering committees of the Bradley Manning Support Network which advocates for alleged whistle-blower, Bradley Manning, and October2011.org which seeks to end corporatism and militarism.  http://itsoureconomy.us/who-we-are/

Lou Zeller
Lou Zeller
Occupy the NRC

Louis Zeller, Executive Director Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League – Educated as a physician assistant at Emory University, Lou was working in a rural medical clinic in western North Carolina when he learned of a nuclear dump proposal there. To protect his home and family, he learned community organizing and joined the League staff in 1986. Since then, Lou has worked on every major project including successful campaigns to prevent a hazardous waste incinerator, two radioactive waste dumps, and dozens of landfills, asphalt plants and biomass plants. Today Lou works with League chapters in seven states and specializes in technical research and pro se legal work. He also writes songs, leads street theater workshops, and performs in BREDL’s Earth Stage programs. http://bredl.org/

 

 

 


Alice Slater
Alice Slater
Occupy the NRC

Alice Slater, New York Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is a member of the Global Council of Abolition 2000, serves on its International Coordinating Committee and directs the Abolition 2000 Sustainable Energy Working Group.  She is on the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Nuclear Policy and a member of the Energy Committee of the NYC Bar Association.  Ms. Slater is member of the Steering Committee of Shut Down Indian Point Now and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space and the Rideau Institute.  She is a UN NGO Representative and has written numerous articles and op-eds, with frequent appearances on local and national media. http://www.napf.org/

 

 

 

 


Strategy Session Advisors


Diane Curran is a lawyer with the firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg, LLP in Washington, D.C. She has represented environmental and citizen groups in NRC licensing and enforcement cases for over 30 years. Recently, in collaboration with NRDC, Diane won a U.S. Court of Appeals decision overturning the NRC’s Waste Confidence rule. As a result, the NRC may not license new reactors or re-license existing reactors until it has completed a new environmental study of the environmental impacts of long-term spent fuel storage in the event that no repository is licensed for final disposal of spent fuel.



Mandy Hancock is the High Risk Energy Organizer for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, working with ally organizations and students to prevent new nuclear reactors in the Southeast. While her duties are many, her current focus is overturning ratepayer funded advanced recovery for nuclear construction costs in Florida. Since the Fukushima disaster began, Mandy has also been responsible for tracking the ongoing disaster and writing about it for the Clean Energy Footprints blog. She has assisted in organizing multiple regional and State events, including the recent Know Nukes Y’all summit, Florida Power Shift in 2009, and the Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference in 2008. Mandy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Valdosta State University where she majored in Anthropology and Sociology. As the High Risk Energy Organizer, Mandy advocates a carbon and nuclear free future. She currently lives in Gainesville, Florida. http://blog.cleanenergy.org/author/mhancock/

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Paul Gunter
Paul Gunter
Strategy Session

Paul Gunter is a lead spokesperson in nuclear reactor hazards and security concerns. He acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry. He is a 2008 recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation for environmental activism for his work on the nuclear power and climate change issue. He has appeared on NBC Nightly World News, The Lehrer News Hour, BBC World News and Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” He was a cofounder of the antinuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 to oppose the construction of the Seabrook (NH) nuclear power plant through non‐violent direct action that launched the U.S. antinuclear movement. Prior to joining Beyond Nuclear he served for 16 years as the Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for Nuclear Information and Resource Service. An environmental activist and energy policy analyst, he has been an ardent critic of atomic power development for more than 30 years. Paul is a New Englander who was born in Mississippi and raised in Detroit, MI. http://www.beyondnuclear.org/

 

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Diane D'arrigo
Diane D’arrigo
Strategy Session

Diane D’Arrigo works at Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS www.nirs.org), is a part of the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network and serves on the national Sierra Club No Nukes Campaign. Her degrees are in chemistry and environmental studies and work experience in industrial and academic analytical chemistry, biological research and community organizing. She has worked on the radioactive waste problem for decades from both grassroots local and national perspectives. She works to stop generation of new atomic power and weapons waste, assisting communities to prevent new dumps, helping to close and prevent expansion of existing, leaking waste sites and fighting the national and international moves to deregulate nuclear waste into ordinary trash and radioactively contaminating commercial recycling. She has played an active role in campaigns challenging irradiated fuel transport, storage and disposal sites, reprocessing, weakening radiation regulations and assisting communities asserting their state and local rights to greater than federal protection. nirs.org

 

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Gary Shaw grew up in The Bronx and is a resident of Croton on Hudson.  He is a data analyst and Senior VP  an independent consumer market research company in New York City.  He has been an activist all his life, involved in social justice, anti-war and environmental issues.  He became involved in the Indian Point issue in February 2000, when a steam pipe ruptured and spread radioactive steam into the air and irradiated water into the Hudson River.  Since 9 -11, when the potential threat of a nuclear plant in the New York metropolitan area became clear to more people, he has been on the steering committees of the Croton Close Indian Point grassroots organization and the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC).  Gary was the lead writer of the documentary, “Nowhere to Run,” which won a Silver Medal at the 2003 Houston International Film Festival.  This 21-minute film is viewable on YoutTube. Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC)

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Courtney Hanson is responsible for executing Georgia WAND’s public relations and media plan. She is also a lead organizer in environmental justice work and coordinates community and partner organizations. Courtney earned a B.A. in Journalism and B.S. in Psychology with a focus on Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Courtney worked in the editorial department of Today’s Chicago Woman, where she covered education, personalities, community events, women’s issues and global poverty for the magazine. Additionally, she volunteered for Upwardly Global, helping immigrant professionals break into the United States job market and worked four years as a tutor and mentor to youth in Chicago as a program assistant at Immanuel Youth Organization. Georgia Wand & Stop Plant Vogtle

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