Contents at a glance:
1. "Missiles of Empire:
High-Tech Power Projection in the 21st Century"
Andrew Lichterman, Program
Director at the anti-nuclear Western States Legal Foundation in Oakland,
will present a uniquely qualified overview of the revolution now underway
in U.S. ability to strike with both conventional and nuclear warheads
at targets around the world from the continental United States. Synergistic
revolutions in warhead accuracy, target sensing, maneuverability, flight
time, and more are being accelerated in the Bush Administration and will
profoundly alter U.S. global strike capability and willingness to use
it. These technologies partly underlie the current push for new nuclear
warheads, and are already affecting the work at Los Alamos and Sandia
2. Study Group meeting in
Los Alamos, Tuesday 7:00 pm, December 2: Citizen inspection, verification,
Our next meeting will be in
Los Alamos, to be as open and convenient for lab employees as possible.
At this meeting we will have a practical discussion of the possibilities
for citizen enforcement of international treaties. Those who are interested
in joining this effort at this stage should plan to attend.
Study Group meetings are one of the best ways to keep up with current developments in the field, to share insights, and to make friends in the movement. We hope you will attend and we will try to make these meetings worth your while. Location of this event will follow in another email (or hit "reply" to find out in the meantime).
3. New billboard; sponsors needed
Motivated viewers will be
directed to our web site, where the background of this statement, and
its applicability to today, will be available.
"War is essentially an evil thing. Its consequences are not confined to the belligerent States alone, but affect the whole world. To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."
Precisely our reality today.
4. High-profile national effort
underway to "guide" citizen dissent. Most work in the arms control
and disarmament field, and in nonprofits dealing with nuclear issues generally,
is funded by a combination of foundation funds and private donations.
Since roughly 9/11/01, the formerly-largest foundation funders in our
field have either gone out of business entirely or changed their mission,
ceding most of the field to main-line foundations like the Ford Foundation,
the MacArthur Foundation, and the Carnegie Endowment or International
Peace. Former Clinton Administration officials have been appointed to
senior positions in these large foundations and are now helping to guide
their national security programs.
"A cooperative foreign policy does not avoid the use of military force; it relegates it to a last resort and recognizes the limits of its usefulness to advance national and international security. MILITARY POWER HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN DEFENDING ONE'S OWN NATION FROM ATTACK AND THE THREAT OF FORCE CAN BE NECESSARY FOR THE SUCCESS OF COERCIVE DIPLOMACY [emphasis added]. In circumstances that defy proactive strategies and present an imminent threat to international security and human life and rights on a large scale, many members of the peace and security community believe that the actual use of force may be required. Given the profound effect of such undertakings, they should have broad international support and authorization from the UN Security Council or other regional security bodies."
In this document and in recent
practice, nuclear abolition -- a clear legal requirement of the U.S. and
other states under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty -- is now OFF the
table; "moderate" approaches -- that is, approaches centered
on what "Washington, DC-centric" professionals THINK will appeal
to "moderates" in Congress are ON the table.
Friends, the day when a consortium
of "disarmament" and "arms control" organizations,
with one dissenting voice (that's us) argues FOR manufacturing plutonium
pits -- we are talking weapons of mass destruction here -- in Los Alamos
or anywhere is a dark day. And that day has arrived.
Unfortunately, most organizations in the field, who like us are strapped for resources, will no doubt work within this "collaborative" framework. The parameters of such "collaboration" have been set by people who do not share our goals, although they are perfectly capable of paying lip service to them when necessary. This is exactly what Mr. Clinton did, while doubling the budget for nuclear weapons research and production and starting nearly every weapons program now being criticized. Caveat emptor.
5. Future events: watch this space
The Study Group is committed to building citizen resistance to domination by the nuclear military state, while continuing our scholarship and media outreach. We will continue to offer group discussions, major outside intellectual figures that teach, inspire, and conspire with us, and are we continuing to build a framework of transnational citizen resistance limited only by our own courage, resourcefulness, and love. We have a long tradition of effectiveness, and look to still more. We value every contribution, large or small, and every ally. We hope you will join us, or help support our programs.
Greg and the rest of the Study Group gang
"The occasion is piled
high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case
is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves,
and then we shall save our country."
back to top
Dear friends --
back to top
PUBLIC GATHERING AND PRESS CONFERENCE PLANNED FOR STATE CAPITOL
WHAT: Press conference and public gathering to ask Governor Richardson to close the Los Alamos nuclear dump and to publicly signal rejection of weapon of mass destruction factories in New Mexico. All are invited! This will be a family event -- children of all ages are welcome! There will be guest speakers, lots of kids, presentation of petitions in the form of mock waste drums (the nuclear waste "Can-Paign"), and more. Environment Department Secretary Curry is also invited. Representatives of supportive organizations are invited to briefly speak.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26
WHERE: The State Capitol Rotunda, Santa Fe
WHY #1: Over three thousand
New Mexicans and 27 environmental organizations have petitioned the Governor
to close the huge "Area G" chemical and nuclear landfill in
Los Alamos, which has never received an operating permit and has been
operating illegally since 1985. Seventeen months have passed; despite
numerous requests and meetings, no real reply has been received and no
actions taken. Four MORE nuclear dumps are planned, and the nuclear weapons
industry expects to permanently bury over a million more drums of nuclear
waste on the Los
WHY #3: Governor Richardson (through Environment Department Secretary Ron Curry), along with Attorney General Patricia Madrid, have the formal responsibility to enforce the state's laws against the unpermitted operation of a declared hazardous waste disposal site. So far, there have been no signs of movement on this subject by this Administration. With little or no enforcement, and only orders for "investigations" rather than a halt to dumping and genuine cleanup, the attractiveness of New Mexico for polluting nuclear facilities increases.
WHY #4: We don't need to rehearse the other reasons to come -- we all know them. Come one, come all! For background or more information, contact any one of the planning team:
Greg or Trish 505-265-1200
at the Study Group office in Albuquerque,
**PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS EVENT AND FORWARD THIS EMAIL
back to top
As many of you know, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a large, active nuclear waste dump, called "Area G" (see http://www.lasg.org for background).
In the early 1990s, the Study
Group, helped by many people and organizations, successfully halted the
planned expansion of Area G. But the dump still continues to gradually
fill up, and four large new disposal areas are included in the Department
of Energy's (DOE's) plans for LANL. Over the next 70 years, DOE plans
to dispose of approximately as much waste at LANL as they have disposed
there to date. This waste is permanently buried in unlined shallow trenches
and shafts, not just stored.
So far, more than 2,000 people have formally requested that Area G close. To date, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has not responded to these requests to close "Area G" and hold public hearings to decide how to close the site permanently. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, and Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management Jessie Roberson, along with LANL, have been working diligently to pressure New Mexico into so-called "accelerated clean-up", which would allow "Area G" and its successor dumps to continue to accept nuclear waste essentially forever, while avoiding cleanup just about everywhere else on the site. (So far, NMED hasn't caved in completely but isn't really requiring cleanup either.)
Attached below is the letter originally sent to Governor Johnson and NMED requesting closure of Area G. Please help us send it to Governor Bill Richardson and Secretary of the Environment Ron Curry.
****Please review this letter, indicate your approval at the bottom of the letter with your name and address (we need this), and return via email.****
We would like to submit these letters to the Governor as soon as possible, so please respond quickly! Thank you!
Greg, Trish, Lydia, David, and the other Los Alamos Study Group conspirators
Dear Governor Richardson:
Los Alamos National Laboratory continues to dispose of large quantities of radioactive waste in shallow pits and shafts in its "Area G" landfill near White Rock, NM. I respectfully request that you, through the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), close Area G to further disposal of nuclear waste, I request that NMED hold formal public hearings on the required closure plan and subsequent cleanup and stabilization measures, both for Area G and for all other nuclear and chemical waste disposal sites in Los Alamos. Please put me on the mailing list for these hearings and all other opportunities for public comment on disposal and cleanup at Los Alamos. Since nuclear weapons have failed to create security in New Mexico, please give this food to charities who serve the poor. Don't waste New Mexico's future!
[YOUR NAME HERE]
back to top
1. Please come if you can to the big peace demonstration planned for Albuquerque on Saturday, March 15, at 12 NOON, sponsored by the good folks at Stop the War Machine. It's at the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB) Truman Gate.
To get there, take I-25 south to Albuquerque and take the Gibson Blvd. exit EAST. Continue on Gibson east along the northern boundary of KAFB to the intersection of Gibson and Truman. That's where the Truman Gate is, and the demonstration will be.
Parking will be an issue, so it's best to come early and park on side streets. Be sure and follow all parking laws and be courteous to local businesses -- or your car might be towed! If you want to carpool (recommended!), call your friends and set one up, or rendezvous at the Los Alamos Study Group office (212 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe) at 10:15 am.
Why come to another demonstration? Because it's important not just to oppose THIS war but what could follow it -- other wars, a big tax cut for the rich, nuclear testing, new restrictions on civil liberties, re-"election" of Bush, etc. We have to keep up the momentum and the pressure!
There could be heckling and other forms of disagreement at this demonstration from pro-war individuals. It's important for all of us to keep cool and think about how to respond nonviolently to insults and provocations.
Remember to bring your signs if you have any.
2. We are making a big push to get a final 1,500 signatures against nuclear dumping at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and believe we could get many of those signatures at this rally. If you would like to help us with this campaign, it would make a big difference. We CAN end illegal dumping at LANL! We are poised to deliver about 2,000 "Can-Paign" cans to Governor Richardson, who needs to hear from us on this issue SOON. Several volunteers will be carrying clipboards and gathering signatures. If you would like to help, ask any of the Study Group clipboard team!
3. Our radio spots on major New Mexico stations against the war have been very effective. We get lots of calls, mostly positive but some negative. We've run almost 500 ads over the last several weeks, each one costing about $25. We've funded these on a week-to-week basis, depending on the donations we receive. Funding has dropped off somewhat, and we need your help to pick up the pace again so that these ads can continue! If you would like to send a tax-deductible donation, mail it to the address below and write "radio ads" on your check. (Or, if you like, you can write "general support.") Thank you in advance for your donation!
4. We have also had a team of volunteers canvassing Santa Fe businesses, distributing displays and donation cans for "No War," and other bumper stickers. If you know of a business that would like to have a bumper sticker display, please call us and we will contact them.
5. If you would like to volunteer and work with others for peace and nuclear disarmament, we want to talk to you! Please call us at 265-1200.
Greg, Trish, Lydia, David, the Radio Committee, and the rest of the Study Group team
back to top
Our radio spots against the Iraq war have been very effective, judging by the number and kinds of calls weve gotten, but we need your help to keep them on the air, to vary the message, and to expand the coverage! With these ads, we are reaching new constituencies and sending a powerful message that resistance to war is not going away, but is determined and growing.
This week, you can hear our 1-minute anti-war spots on KHFM, KRST, KTRC, KTAO, KBAC, and KLSK. Or you can hear them on our web site (<http://www.lasg.org>), where you can also find a wealth of information and a big list of links about the proposed war). But we are now out of money for these ads. Your $25 check will buy a radio spot that will reach thousands of people, making this a very cost-effective way to get out the word. All production costs are being donated.
Even other news media are interested in these radio spots. As I write this, Channel 4 TV is supposedly broadcasting a news segment about them, which they say will be shown on Fox News at 9:00 tonight. The general idea is that the peace movement is growing, it's sophisticated, and it's a force to be reckoned with (or at least I hope that's the message -- you can never tell until the broadcast).
If you can help, write radio spots on your check and mail it today if possible so we can write new contracts with radio stations right away. Mail it to:
Los Alamos Study Group
Donations are tax deductible. Or you can write general support on your check, and we will use it for our other disarmament programs.*
Through the generosity of
key donors, we can match your check, so that each dollar you send is worth
two to us -- each ad you pay for buys another one just like it.
In solidarity for peace,
back to top
1. New anti-war billboards and radio spots -- help us with these if you can!
2. New web page of good Iraq war links and New Mexico connections
3. Bumper stickers available: help wanted to distribute them!
4. Renewed "Can-Paign" to close big local nuclear dump -- join us on the 14th at the State Capitol!
5. No War Demonstration: February 15, State Capitol, Santa Fe
6. Public discussion scheduled
7. To conserve resources, we are moving to home offices at the end of March
8. Hearty thanks to volunteers and donors
Dear friends --
We hope you are all working in various ways to strongly and publicly withdraw your support for the coming war. We list below some ways you can work with us to do that; doubtless you know a thousand more!
The main thing, we think here, is to let our anti-war views be known, and to make some real effort or sacrifice to place them in the public domain. Gandhi taught that the only measure of success in nonviolent action is the sacrifice involved, because it is sacrifice that reaches hearts.
The war and its sequellae will affect each of us personally. "Normal" is rapidly disappearing as an option. We find ourselves in a new era, one in which we must win our democracy again, or not.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Greg, Trish, Lydia Clark (who is that voice on the radio?), and volunteers
1. a. BILLBOARDS.
We have two newly-converted anti-war billboards on I-25 in Albuquerque, at Tramway and just south of Bernalillo, both visible to northbound traffic. Check them out at <http://www.lasg.org>.
We need help to pay for them! If you can help, please send a check to the address at the bottom of this message. Each dollar pays for about a thousand billboard views. Just write "billboards" on your check.
If you want to use the images in your own protest work, please "steal" them from the web site or contact us for higher resolution images. (The "Do Unto Others" billboard was just adapted by Princeton students and faculty for a half-page anti-war ad.)
1.b. RADIO SPOTS.
We have started radio ads against the war, more on faith than with a budget. We are now airing them on several stations in New Mexico -- you can hear the ad and see the list of stations at
<http://www.lasg.org>. (In Netscape you may have to download the audio file first -- we are still working out a few glitches.) We'd love your financial help with these ads too, as we really didn't have these in our budget at all, but it's a real emergency. We are working to stop not just this war, but the NEXT war. We will have to pull the ads in about a week without listener support.
Each ad costs about $25, and will reach thousands of listeners. Please help us if you can. Write "radio ads" on your check.
Check out http://www.lasg.org/TheCaseAgainstAnInvasionOfIraq.htm for useful links regarding the proposed war, both national and local. This web site is now changing almost every week. Check it out!
3. BUMPER STICKERS.
We have excellent "Close Los Alamos Nuclear Dump Now" and "No War" bumper stickers, among others, available for individuals and businesses. You can see them at <http://www.lasg.org/whatfrm_a.html>, along with the businesses that now carry them. Thanks to the kindness of a semi-anonymous donor, green "No War" bumper stickers are available at no cost, at least until we run out.
We have found that many businesses welcome having a small stack or display of these bumper stickers, and our ability to disseminate them is limited only by the number of volunteers available to service retail outlets! Join us! Call 982-7747 to help if you can.
4. HELP NEEDED AT THE ROUNDHOUSE.
February 14th is PEACE & JUSTICEDAY at the NM Legislature. Come one, come all! We need your help recruiting signatures for our remaining 1,500 "Can-Paign" petition-cans, which request the governor to close the Los Alamos nuclear dump. There will be information tables from various organizations including us in the east alcove of the Capitol building. Call 982-7747 to help if you can.
5. DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ.
On February 15th, "The World Says 'No!' to War on Iraq" rally will begin at noon at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. This is an international day of action, bring the whole family and march to the Plaza and back to the Roundhouse for Peace. For more information contact 989-4812.
6. PUBLIC DISCUSSION.
On Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:00 pm, there will be a public presentation and discussion in the Community Room of the main Santa Fe Public Library, on a topic closely related to the war in Iraq and possibly also the evolving situation in North Korea. The precise topic will be announced the Friday prior. Watch this space!
We are now starting to have public meetings every other week, alternating between "working meetings" and public lectures/panel discussions. Stay tuned for more details!
7. NEW MEXICO'S SOVEREIGNTY CHALLENGED BY LAB.
Did you know our state was under attack by militant colonial forces? On June 2, 2002, the University of California filed a lawsuit in federal district court alleging that New Mexico cannot legally regulate wastes at Los Alamos if those wastes contain radioactive materials. A victory for UC would greatly harm the state's ability to protect its own citizens -- and set a dangerous precedent for other states. Kentucky has already lost a similar case. Where is Governor Richardson on this? Nobody knows. The Study Group analysis of this litigation, done by senior attorney Ruth Prokop, was recently picked up for circulation by the National Association of Attorneys General. Check it out at<http://www.lasg.org/Timberlake-ProkopArticle.htm>.
8. STUDY GROUP MOVING ITS OFFICE TO HOME OF GREG AND TRISH IN MARCH.
We can't really afford a staff (and therefore an office) right now, so we will probably be closing our office at 212 E. Marcy St. at the end of March. But we aren't going further than about a mile away --and we will be increasing our community events and outreach. Our phone number and email will remain the same, so we'll still be easy to reach.
9. THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS who have made it possible for us to reach so many people in the past year. Just recently, a devoted cadre of folks has been setting up displays in stores, making radio ads, and generally having a good time here. Thank you! Oh -- I almost forgot. Bill Madison of Madison Vineyards and Winery in Ribera, has donated a billboard for six months to the anti-war cause. Its north of here on I-25, near the Ribera exit, if you are headed that way. It should be up by mid-February. Thank you Bill and family!