Reclaim Our History Aug. 1-15

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The Road to Armageddon

Aug. 1, 1976: First occupation of Seabrook, New Hampshire nuclear reactor site; 18 arrested.

Aug. 5, 1977: US Nuclear Regulatory Commission audit cannot account for 4 tons of enriched uranium.

Aug. 6, 1945: US drops atomic bomb on civilian population of Hiroshima, Japan. An estimated 140,000 die from the immediate effects of the bombing; tens of thousands more in subsequent decades from radiation- induced illnesses. 1955: First World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs is held at Hiroshima, Japan on 10th anniversary of bombing. 1957: Eleven activists from the Committee for Nonviolent Action (CNVA) are arrested at atomic test proving grounds in Nevada, the first of what eventually becomes many thousands of arrests at the Nevada Test Site. 1962: Fifteen hundred in Hiroshima Day march, New Zealand. 1975: Twenty-three hundred scientists deliver warning on dangers of nuclear power to White House. 1985: South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty signed. 1985: USSR begins unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing. US responds by conducting more underground nuclear tests. In 1998 the US will express moral outrage at India and Pakistan for similar tests.

Aug. 7, 1979: Highly enriched uranium released from top-secret nuclear fuel plant near Erwin, Tenn. About 1,000 people were contaminated with up to five times as much radiation as would normally be received in a year.

Aug. 8, 1950: American Women for Peace demonstrate in Washington, DC for a ban on nuclear weapons. 1953: USSR announces it has developed a hydrogen bomb. 1976: Farmers block nuclear equipment en route to Malville, France.

Aug. 9, 1945: US drops atomic bomb on civilian population of Nagasaki, Japan. An estimated 70,000 die from the immediate effects of the bombing. 1985: Seven people arrested for blockading the gate to Pantex Nuclear Weapons Assembly Plant, Amarillo, Texas. 1987: Hundreds arrested in all-day blockade of Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Golden, Colorado. 1989: Twenty-two anti-nuclear activists arrested for trespassing at Nevada Test Site in 110+ degree heat.

Aug. 10, 1982: Six Greenpeace protesters chain themselves to nuclear waste dumping ship The Gem. 1984: Two Plowshares activists, Barb Katt and John LaForge, damage a Trident submarine guidence system with hammers at a Sperry plant in Minnesota. In sentencing them later to six months’ probation, the judge in the case commented, “Why do we condemn and hang individual killers, while extolling the virtues of warmongers?” 1997: Nine activists detained but not charged after throwing red paint on the Trident nuclear submarine USS. Ohio at Seattle’s waterfront.

Aug. 11, 1952: Philip Morrison, a Cornell Professor of Physics, expresses doubts about atomic warfare, resulting in his forced appearance before a Congressional committee investigating communists. 1983: Soviet nuclear-powered submarine reported sunk, North Pacific.

Aug. 12, 1953: USSR explodes first H-bomb. 1978: Forty arrested for scaling fence at nuclear plant site, Shoreham, Long Island, New York. 1982: Twelve arrested in sea blockade of first Trident submarine at Hood Canal, Washington.

Aug. 13, 1942: Manhattan Project to make atomic bomb begins, Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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By Clark K. Ryan on November 27th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

– Labour Party Leader of the Opposition Clement Attlee, 1935 (two years after Hitler took power and began rearming Germany; quotation from Gilbert and Gott, The Appeasers, 1967). Troubled by the failure of unilateral disarmament to save millions of lives in WWII, Attlee 12 years later as Prime Minister ordered the stockpiling of the first British nuclear weapons to deter WWIII from starting.

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