ANA DC Days14 May
May 14th Press advisory
The Colorado Coalition for Prevention of Nuclear War
for immediate release
For more information contact Bob Kinsey, 303-949-4073
On May 16 five Coloradans will join community leaders around the country to oppose the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons projects they say will waste billions in taxpayer funds, damage the environment and undermine the nation’s non-proliferation goals. They will be meeting with leading members of Congress, committee staffers, and top administration officials with responsibility for the U.S. nuclear policies to press for new funding priorities.
The Colorado Coalition for Prevention of Nuclear War is supporting 5 members of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center (RMPJC) joining the 27th annual Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA) “DC” Days. The five are, Jade Begay and Chris Allred on staff at RMPJC , Dr. LeRoy Moore, key Rocky Flats activist and long time member of the Rocky Flats Citizen Oversight Board, Judith Mohling a Boulder therapist and ANA Board member, and Jon Lipsky, retired FBI agent who led in the 1989 FBI raid of the Rocky Flats and testified in the follow-up Grand Jury investigation. Mr. Lipsky will be honored by ANA at the DC days awards reception for his work to achieve justice for Rocky Flats workers and uncover. DC Days participants will deliver copies of its just published report, “The Growing U.S. Nuclear Threat (http://bit.ly/growing_nuclear_threat).
The new 20-page analysis dissects the Obama Administration’s latest plans to spend hundreds of billions more on nuclear weapons programs without, the authors conclude, enhancing U.S. security.
“Massive spending on nuclear weapons ‘modernization’ increases the nuclear danger for the U.S. Lack of accountability at DOE wastes billions and puts the public at even greater risk,” explained Ralph Hutchison of the Oak Ridge Environmental PeaceAlliance, the report’s editor. “ANA members from across the country will urge policy-makers to cut programs that fund dangerous boondoggles. The money saved should be redirected to cleaning up the legacy of nuclear weapons research, testing and production.”
Participants in DC Days include activists from groups that monitor such U.S. nuclear weapons facilities as Hanford, Lawrence Livermore, Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Kansas City Plant, Pantex, Sandia, Oak Ridge, Savannah River and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
“There are currently 49 nuclear armed missiles in NE Colorado that could be launched withi only 30 minutes warning. The Rocky Flats plant was creating as many as 300 the plutonium pits, the initial nuclear explosion in a thermonuclear weapon, during the nuclear arms race of the cold war. Rather than focusing the security
resources (perhaps as much as $6 Trillion dollars in 70 years) on building and hiding behind weapons of mass destruction the US could have achieved security and peace by spending to create a just economic system that would produce peaceful stability among the nations and a decent life for all. Its time to turn our national security policy in this life giving direction rather than accelerating our investments in anew nuclear arms race.” said Bob Kinsey, board member the TCC.
“Today, after 70 years, more than 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world continue to pose an intolerable threat to humanity. And the danger of nuclear war is growing. Whether a nuclear conflagration is initiated by accident, miscalculation or madness, the radiation cloud will know no boundaries. The US plans to spend a trillion
dollars over the next thirty years “modernizing” its nuclear arsenal. The human cost of this is astronomical—to our health, environmnent, ethics and democracy, to our prospects for global peace, and to our confidence in human survival. The Colorado Coalition has worked since 1987 to get the truth out about the US Nuclear Weapons program and the dangers the presence of these weapons hold for humanity, ” commented Marylia Kelley, director of Tri Valley CARES which monitors the Lawrence Livermore Labs in California.