"Peace and Harmony with all Creation"
Dedicated to Breaking the Nuclear Chain
PO Box 51137, Washington DC 20091-1137
Phone: (202) 588-0912 Fax: (202) 588-5316
Re: NUCLEAR ABOLITION SUMMIT, (NAS) April 1-4, Las Vegas -
Nevada Test Site and NUCLEAR ABOLITION DAY OF ACTION
(NADA). April 8, Nevada Test Site
Dear Friends,On November 18, at a meeting of the Nuclear Abolition
Network in Philadelphia, Shundahai invited the Network
to hold its April organizers meeting at the Nevada Test Site
(NTS) in solidarity with the Western Shoshone Nation and all
the groups that are working to stop the Subcritical Hydro Dynamic
Nuclear explosions planned to begin this summer (June 18, 1996)
and stop the ongoing transportation of nuclear waste into NTS.
That invitation has blossomed into this current plan of action.
Shundahai Network, and a growing coalition headed by Peace Action
and Peace Action Education Fund, are moving full steam ahead in our
efforts to organize the Nuclear Abolition Summit (April 1-4, LV-NTS),
and Nuclear Abolition Day of Action (April 8, NTS).
These events will be held in conjunction with Healing Global Wounds
Spring Gathering (April 4-7, NTS) and the Lenten Desert Experience
Holy Week Walk from Las Vegas to NTS. (March 31-April 5)
The Nuclear Abolition Summit: Breaking the Nuclear Chain, 1996
and Beyond, is envisioned as an all encompassing working meeting,
combining organizational networking and strategic planning for
strengthened grassroots activism on nuclear issues.
All groups working on issues relating to the Nuclear Chain are
encouraged to participate. Through a combination of small, focused,
issue orientated Working Groups and large plenary sessions featuring
speakers and discussions, we will create a Unified Campaign of Action
to carry us from the pivotal 1996 election year into the 21st Century
with the goal of complete Nuclear Abolition. Throughout the summit
we will have a chance to celebrate our diverse and creative, community
through music and artform.
At the opening of the Summit, on Monday, April 1, we will make a
bold and public statement through a Rally at the University of Nevada
Las Vegas, A Nuclear Fools Day Parade to, and a Press Conference
at, the Department of Energy's Las Vegas headquarters. The Nuclear
Abolition Summit will end on April 4, at the gates to the Nevada
Test Site, 60 miles north, in the heart of the Western Shoshone
Nation of Newe Sogobia. There, over 1000 nuclear bombs have been
exploded and hundreds of thousands of veterans and civilians
intentionally exposed to the radioactive fallout that has blanketed
a large part of our country.
After the closing Ceremony of the Nuclear Abolition Summit, we
will have the opportunity to make a strong declaration of our
commitment to a nuclear free future through Nonviolent Direct
Over Easter Weekend, April 4-7, Healing Global Wounds will host
its annual multi-cultural Spring Gathering at the Nevada Test Site.
Healing Global Wounds Began in 1991, to address 'Nuclear
Colonialism': the issues of racism, class, indigenous sovereignty and
land use in international nuclear policy. On Good Friday, the Lenten
Desert Experience Holy Week Walk arrives at NTS. They will hold a
Good Friday service and an Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening.
On Monday, April 8 we are calling for a Nuclear Abolition Day of
Action around the world. Through Nonviolent Direct Action we will
close the Test Site down stopping the transportation of nuclear waste
onto the site and halting preparations for the upcoming Subcritical
Hydro Nuclear explosions.
We are calling for simultaneous actions around the world demanding
an end to all nuclear weapons development, a TRULY
COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN, and complete abolition of all
At the Test Site we will demand that the U.S. honor the Western
Shoshone National Council's Newe Sogobia Nuclear Free Zone
Resolution. Please consider doing a Solidarity Action in your
local area. Call and we will send you an organizers packet with
Nonviolent Direct Action reference materials and information to
help do outreach and media work.
Please refer to complete package of information included: NAS and
NADA Flyer and Schedule; NAS and NADA brochure; List of
Organizing Committees and timeline; Newsletter and calendar
submissions (Call if you need photo ready material). We will keep
you updated with new material as they are produced.
Invitation - Proposal - Shundahai Committment - Flyer - Schedule
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