Bechtel off Shoshone Land

Greetings, friends.
Here's a brief local action update. This afternoon a coalition of Bay area peace, environmental, and social justice groups held a protest rally at the headquarters of Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco. Bechtel has a 5-year, $1.5 billion contract to manage the Nevada Test Site for the U.S. Department of Energy. Participating groups included Tri-Valley CAREs, Greenpeace, Peace Action, Livermore Conversion Project, Mt. Diablo Peace Center, and Western States Legal Foundation. About 70 people took part in a spirited, nonviolent rally where organization representatives made speeches and read messages of support from NGOs in France, Norway, and Japan. Lead by a giant puppet of President Clinton bearing a sign that read, BILL 'BROKEN TEST BAN TREATY' CLINTON, the demonstrators marched around the block chanting, " Stop the testing, save the test ban; Bechtel off Shoshone land." The Nevada Test Site is located on land seized from the Western Shoshone Nation by the U.S. government in 1951, in violation of the Ruby Valley Treaty of 1863. (See statement of Ian Zabarte, posted separately.) One TV station and one radio station were present. Let's keep up the momentum! -- Jackie

Jackie Cabasso * Western States Legal Foundation
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