April 17, 2011
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Bulletin #111: Seminars tomorrow
(Albuquerque) and Tuesday (Santa Fe): “What you can
do to stop the proposed LANL plutonium complex” –
speaking of which: please come to the federal
courthouse in Albuquerque Wednesday, April 27, 8:30 am.
members and friends –
Tomorrow evening – Monday,
April 18th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm – we will continue
our weekly public
seminars on practical policy responses to our converging crises by
discussing what interested citizens can do to help forestall
construction and operation of the proposed plutonium complex at Los
Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
As before we will meet
tomorrow in the main hall of the Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300
Girard Blvd NE (map).
We’ll discuss the same topic in Santa Fe on Tuesday
April 19th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at St. John's United
Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Room 116 (downstairs) (map).
(To get to Room 116, go in the double glass doors toward the north of
the building, which face east. Room 116 is down one level from
So, what can I do?
This question has layers – peel one
away and there’s another, each one more individual and unique
to each of us than the last.
But right now, and
sticking to just the outer layer of Right now, here are some
relatively simple things you can do. (Harder stuff is farther below.)
1. Forward this Bulletin
to your friends and ask them to subscribe to future bulletins.
2. Subscribe if this
email has been forwarded to you.
3. “Like” us on Facebook and spread the word to your
this alert to list-serves you are on.
5. Write a check or donate
If you live in or near Albuquerque or
6. Come to our
meetings, starting tomorrow or Tuesday.
7. Bring a friend.
And now this:
8. Please come to the Federal
Courthouse, 333 Lomas Avenue, Albuquerque, to the Brazos
Courtroom (Room 580), the Hon. Judge Judith Herrera, presiding,
Wednesday April 27th at 9:00 am. Please come
one-half hour early. This hearing is slated to last until
1:00 pm. Judge Herrera will hear testimony concerning the Study
Group’s motion for a preliminary injunction against further
investment in the proposed Chemistry and Metallurgy Research
Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF) pending analysis in a de
novo environmental impact statement (EIS).
federal defendants – the Department of Energy (DOE), the
National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), DOE Secretary Dr.
Steven Chu, and NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino –
and their attorneys at the departments of Justice and Energy, have
moved to dismiss our case, and that motion will be heard as well.
As some of you know already (or can read on our litigation
web site), the federal defendants have done everything in their
power not just to have our case delayed and dismissed, but also to
prevent the ordinary discovery process involved in most civil
litigation from commencing. They certainly don’t want
senior officials to be questioned about their proposed project in a
context where they might have to give straight answers under oath.
This is partly because defendants are telling the
court they have not made up their minds about whether they want to
build CMRR-NF, and aren’t really implementing the project,
while at the same time they are telling Congress they are 100%
committed to the project and are implementing it as fast as they
can. (And send as much money as possible, please.) They
don’t want Congress to know what they are telling people in New
Mexico, and vice versa.
The Brazos courtroom is
fairly large but there may not be room for everyone. That’s
just fine – if you can’t find a seat, or if
you want to stand in solidarity outside, please do. We
understand that this is a work day for most of you, but that only
adds importance and moral weight to your presence in court or
We hope many people will come. If you don’t live nearby, call any friends you may have here
and encourage them to come.
Please help us
get the word out however you can.
you may want to get together with your friends to make signs for what
we hope will be a significant demonstration outside the courthouse.
Be creative! (More on this later!) Here is part of why we are in this lawsuit.
This is your court, set up by the Constitution, before which we come. We –
and this “we” includes most of you, you who have been
active in our work one way or another – are coming not just as
plaintiffs but also as citizen attorneys general, helping enforce one
of our nation’s most important environmental laws.
If you are planning to come to the courtroom please keep the
following in mind:
▪ Dress respectfully and remain silent when the court is in
▪ Don’t forget and bring a pocket knife or anything which
could be construed as a weapon. Don’t bring a camera,
recording device, or cell phone which can take pictures. You
will have to give these things to someone outside, leave them in your
vehicle, or surrender them at the entrance.
▪ You must have valid photo ID, such as a driver’s
▪ Come early, as parking may be challenging and there may be a
significant queue at the security checkpoint.
please pass the word to all of your friends. We have been in
this for the long haul and hope you will support us and join
9. Here (pdf 2.2MB) is a short list of some other things you can do (see p. 2).
by local governments resolutions are very important, both as
legal evidence and for their political weight. An important
vote is coming up next week in Taos, in fact. On Tuesday, April
19, at 9:00 am, Taos County will consider a resolution requesting a de novo EIS for CMRR project. This meeting will be held
at the Taos Administration, Commission Chambers, 105 Albright St.
Suite A, Taos. Please come early – sometimes agenda
items are moved up in response to who shows up. Time can be an
issue as to outcome.
are changing at LANL with respect to this project. We think
it that this is one of those rare times when letters –
preferably open letters in all the newspapers and in any other
locations you can think of – to senators Bingaman and Udall,
asking them to halt or pause the CMRR-NF project pending further
study, may be effective. At bottom, we need to stop investing
in nuclear weapons and invest instead in renewable energy
infrastructure while we can. Some of you might find this 1950
memorandum from Atomic Energy Commissioner Hamilton (pdf) arguing
against construction of the CMR Building and other investments in Los
Alamos amusing (?) and still somewhat pertinent.
Greg, Trish, and gang