NUCLEAR ABOLITION SUMMIT
BREAKING THE NUCLEAR CHAIN
1996 and Beyond
NO TESTING! NO PRODUCTION NO DUMPING NO NUKES!
INITIAL ENDORSING ORGANIZATIONS:
BAN Waste Coalition
Bay Area Action
Center for Energy Research
Grandmothers for Peace (Northland Chapter)
Manhattan Project II
Peace Action Education Fund
Sane/Freeze Hawaii. Seeds of Peace
War Resisters League
Western States Legal Foundation
Wetlands Preserve Environmental Center
Women Strike for Peace
We hope that this letter finds you in good health and
spirit. We are excited to be working with you on this effort to
organize and hold the NUCLEAR ABOLITION SUMMIT, Breaking the
Nuclear Chain, April 1-4, Las Vegas - Nevada Test Site and
NUCLEAR ABOLITION DAY OF ACTION, April 8 1996, Nevada Test Site.
These events are held in Conjunction with HEALING GLOBAL WOUNDS
Spring Gathering, April 4-7, Nevada Test Site and Lenten Desert
Experience Holy Week Walk from Las Vegas to Nevada Test Site,
March 31-April 5.
1996 represents an incredible window of opportunity for the
Nuclear Abolition Movement. At no other time in the nuclear age
have all the nuclear powers been so close to a decision to Ban
Nuclear Testing and deal seriously with nuclear disarmament! It
is up to us as Grassroots organizers and activists to foster this
debate on the national level, take advantage of the increased
media coverage of nuclear issues and make it an election year
We believe that the Nuclear Abolition Summit will have a
long lasting benefit for the Nuclear Abolition Movement. The
global community is working hard to achieve a Comprehensive Test
Ban and timebound framework for complete nuclear disarmament.
This Summit is being organized so that our very active
organizations and grassroots activists can define a common,
cohesive plan of action to fulfill our goals of nuclear
abolition. We look forward to sharing this time with you when we
can celebrate our diversity and strength and plan for the future.
We are currently preparing an updated organizers packet to go
out in the next couple of weeks. It would be great to include any
input you might have into this process. We hope that you take
this opportunity to review the Agenda Development Questionnaire,
think about what you would like to see happen at and come out of
the Nuclear Abolition Summit, then share your ideas with us.
Through the Nuclear Abolition Summit we will be able to focus
Through Strategic Working Groups we can create a five year
plan to allow our organizations to work effectively together in
order to mobilize public support for:
- Linking the efforts of our local and national organizations
and activists to raise public and political
awareness of nuclear issues.
- Outlining the differing roles our respective organizations
will take to foster grassroots activism in the 1996 election, and
initiate a national debate on nuclear issues.
- Working together to increase the role of citizen participation
in the decision making process of the DOE and other governmental
Las Vegas and the Nevada Test Site (NTS) are important
places for us to gather. They are near two proposed low level
nuclear dumps and Yucca Mountain. NTS is where the US plans to
begin conducting Subcritical Nuclear Testing and where they
continue transportation to and storage of nuclear waste in
shallow unlined trenches without any public oversight.
We are currently forming Workshops. If you have a Workshop
that you would like to propose, please let us know. Some of the
current possibilities of topics include:
Nuclear Weapons Testing and Development, Nuclear Stockpile
Stewardship and Management, Disarmament / Arms Control , Current
legislation and Windows of Opportunity, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear
Waste, Transportation of Nuclear material , Nuclear Free Zones /
Citizens Initiatives, Indigenous Peoples Sovereignty affected by
the Nuclear Chain, Appropriate ways for Non-Natives to support
Native issues, Environmental Racism, Nonviolence and Direct
The Summit COULD help further the efforts of Strategy Working
- A Truly Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
- Elimination of nuclear weapons design, testing, production and
a timebound framework for complete nuclear disarmament.
- Stopping the production, transportation and dumping of nuclear
-creating solutions to containment of this waste and isolation/clean up of
- Respect for Human Rights and Native Sovereignty
In the next week an ad hoc agenda committee will synthesize
all of the ideas and proposals that we are receiving and come up
with a general agenda plan which we hope to include in the next
organizers project. We are beginning to solidify commitments from
individuals and organizations to facilitate some Workshops,
Presentations and Working Group discussions.
The Nuclear Abolition Summit will open an office in Las Vegas
in the first week of March. The purpose of the office will be to
complete ground level logistical organizing for the NAS,
registration follow up and outreach to local groups and to the
media. The office space is being donated by Citizen Alert and
will be staffed by a group of volunteers including Reinard
Knutsen, Stephanie Fraser and Sarah Seeds. The Shundahai Network
will continue to coordinate International and National Outreach
through it's DC office.
We have already mailed out over 1100 information packets and
have distributed more then 1400 brochures on NAS and NADA. We
will begin to do follow up phone calls in the next couple of
weeks. We have sent out over 120 alterative press packets and are
preparing 150 mainstream press packets for international media
contacts in DC. We are pursuing active media coverage and
participation in the summit and Test Site activities. In two
weeks we will be ready to mail out to around 100 international
The Proposition One Committee has helped us to create a
World Wide Web Home Page for the Nuclear Abolition Summit. Check
it out! You can get updated information on the NAS at
We are in the process of developing an updated registration
packet. We are doing research on Flight and Hotel information and
are exploring discounted packages.
We are preparing to print up another 1000 brochures. This
will probably be the last printing so if you know of any
organization that might like to be listed with the other
endorsers on the flyer and brochure or any other changes and
feedback, please let us know ASAP. We plan on going to print on
Monday, February 19th.
As this organizing process is also a learning process for
us, please feel free to give us any practical advice or
suggestions. This is an exciting journey to be on with all of you
and we appreciate your enthusiasm and commitment for a Nuclear
We look forward to sending you the updated information
packets as soon as we are able.
Election Year Campaign, Media, Public Outreach, Legislative
issues, Grassroots Activism, Legal, Education, Information
exchange, Spirituality-faith based activism, Legal
strategies, Nonviolent Direct Action.
For the Shundahai Network Staff Collective
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