FACING UP to FUKUSHIMA – Rising Awareness of Nuclear Risks

News Flash from San Clemente Green –

Two history-making events coming Tuesday and Wednesday just got better.

RALPH NADER TO JOIN FORMER JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER NAOTO KAN, FORMER NRC CHAIR GREGORY JACZKO AND OTHERS FOR NUCLEAR PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Seminars to focus on ongoing lessons from Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear catastrophe and the future of nuclear power in New York and Boston.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 in New York City 9:00am EDT (6:00am PDT for live feed) FaceBook page here.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 in Boston 10:00am EDT (7:00am PDT for live feed) FaceBook page here.

This is a global issue and regardless of where you live, these seminars have lessons for all of us to learn.
For those who are unable to attend, the New York and Boston panel can be heard on a live feed at http://www.livestream.com/fukushimalessons,
these webcasts will be archived at the link for at least 30 days once live.

Please help by spreading the word about these two very significant events. See all the details here. The Facebook page is live. Please make sure you “like” it, invite all your friends and mark “going”. If you’re on Twitter, we’ll be Tweeting from @ongoinglessons using #fukushimalessons for all of our posts.

A simulation of the future 'human mural' on Ocean Beach in San Francisco Oct. 19th

Be sure to scroll down below commentary for California events!

In this blog edition – Important Nuclear Awareness Opportunities in October
Comentary by Mary Beth Brangan

California and the Pacific Northwest is now, like never before, one of many ‘ground zeros’ for learning the reality of nuclear contamination and threat.

Massive amounts of radioactive contamination being poured into the Pacific ocean from Fukushima is making its way to our beautiful North American coastline from Alaska all the way to Baja, Mexico. Emissions are still occurring into the air that circulates across to us and beyond.

Added to the three melted down reactors, exploded buildings and radiation in the Pacific, further catastrophic damage may occur from attempting to move mangled fuel rods precariously located in a pool 100 feet high in exploded, tilting building #4. Workers will be under intense pressure to perform this delicate operation flawlessly since there could be intense radiation released if anything goes wrong.

The reality of having to cope with ever more Fukushima contamination is catalyzing Californians to prevent our own Fukushima disaster from happening here! Both San Onofre in San Clemente and Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo are near multiple earthquake faults and in tsunami zones.

Fortunately, a strong people’s movement shut down southern California’s San Onofre power station in San Clemente this June. Unfortunately, now we must deal with the many tons of intensely radioactive waste onsite still vulnerable to earthquakes and tsunamis. This waste will be deadly for thousands and millions of years.

It’s imperative that we now shut down Diablo Canyon reactors in San Luis Obispo asap and deal with its tons of waste before it’s too late.

The Pacific Northwest is doubly threatened by the horrific Hanford situation in southwest Washington. Not only are seventy-two tanks of intensely radioactive weapons waste leaking close to the Columbia River but Columbia Generating Station,similar in design to the badly flawed GE Fukushima Dai-Ichi, is nearby.

Northern California is also home to Livermore Labs, with its massively contaminated nuclear weapons superfund sites.

The good news is vivid awareness of the looming nuclear threat is catalyzing exciting projects, actions and events on behalf of our beautiful planet. (Please see below) California residents are joining with Japanese concerned about their children and Japanese leaders are joining forces with those in the U.S. to speak out against nuclear power. (see below)

The EON team is working on a documentary of the empowering story of the closing of San Onofre, “Shutdown: The Case of San Onofre.”

One down and one reactor station to go in California!

And lets not forget about Hanford, Washington, Indian Point near New York, and Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Boston.

Five down and 99 reactor stations to go in the U.S.!

Exciting Upcoming California Events

Pacific currents are still carrying radioactive water and debris from Fukushima to California. Airborn radiation reached the West Coast within a week of the triple meltdown.

October 17, 2013
Berkeley Town Hall Meeting

“Fukushima is Here… Now What? A Town Hall Forum”

Scientists are saying that Fukushima is here. What does this mean for us, and what can we do about it?

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St., @ Bonita, Berkeley (2 blocks North and 3 blocks East of N. Berk. BART)
Presented by BFUU Social Justice Committee, Fukushima Response Network, Codepink Golden Gate, EON, The Ecological Options Network
Sliding scale $5-$10 donation, no one turned away; refreshments served; information, books, videos available at event.

Wondering what’s going on at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant these days, and whether the effects of the reactor meltdown and precarious spent fuel pools have reached California yet? Join us for Speakers and Videos assembled to provide you with up-to-the-minute information and mitigating precautions that we on the West Coast should really start thinking & talking about. Come with your questions and concerns, there will be ample time reserved for Q&A and you will leave with practical understanding and suggested actions to take regarding this critical situation.

Speakers include:

Harvey Wassserman via Skype (Nukefree.org)
Dr. Carol Wolman (StopFukushimaRadiation petition)
Mary Beth Brangan & James Heddle (EON & Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network)
Steve Zeltzer & Chizu Hamada (NoNukesAction Committee)
Professor Masaki Shimoji (anti-nuclear activist from Osaka Japan)
John Bertucci, Nick Thabit & Holly Harwood (FukushimaResponse.org)
Brad Newsham, (organizer of the “Fukushima is Here” beach mural)
Vic Sadot (“No Nuke Blues”)
Cynthia Papermaster, Codepink. [Note: Local, state and federal officials are being invited]

Please post and forward widely to lists, groups, friends, family.
Contact: Cynthia_papermaster@yahoo.com, 510-333-6097

[ Related story on our PlanetarianPerspectives.net blog: World Action Now on Fukushima – Harvey Wasserman with petition to sign)

A simulation of the future 'human mural' on Ocean Beach in San Francisco Oct. 19th

Fukushima Is Here A human mural on Ocean Beach
Saturday October 19th, 2013
11:00am-12:30pm
Ocean Beach in San Francisco
FukushimaResponse will host a human mural event. The message, spelled out on sand by a multitude of people, will read“Fukushima Is Here.” This event is intended to raise public awareness about the deteriorating situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan. Organizers are assembly people from all over California to join in a collective gesture of public recognition: that the radioactive contamination released daily from Fukushima, for two years already and many more yet to come, poses a serious threat to the global ecosystem. A helicopter has been reserved for a photographer. Similar actions are being planned worldwide on Oct. 19.

Jina Brooks:707-577-7359. More – PDF Press Release FukushimaIsHere.info
Video by John Bertucci:
FukushimaResponse Campaign
Media Contact: John Bertucci 707-775 8617
jobertu@gmail.com

Following the Mural event on October 19, in San Francisco:

The Truth and Reality of Fukushima / an Educational Conference
No Nukes Action
Saturday October 19, 2013 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
San Francisco State University, Room BH1, 1600 Holloway Ave. SF 94132

Sponsored by SF Bay Area PSR, No Nukes Action Committee, Tri-Valley CARES, Nuclear Study Group and the Livermore Conversion Project.
Admission: Free
Download Flyers here…10_18,19 講演会 10.19announcement

Japan and the world continue to be threatened by the Fukushima meltdown and further contamination of the land and sea as well as a growing cancer epidemic of children, workers and the people of Japan.

The conference will challenge the information being propagated that we can overcome radiation and that Fukushima can be decontaminated.

Initial Speakers:

Dr. Robert Gould – Physicians for Social Responsibility, An expert on the medical effects of radiation
Prof. Masaki Shimoji – Assistant Professor of Osaka Japan, Anti-nuclear activist in Osaka Japan who was imprisoned for organizing against the burning of nuclear rubble in Osaka
Possible speaker by Skype: Taro Yamamoto – Member of Parliament from Tokyo
Film: How Nuclear Power Was Brought To Japan
Music: Okinawan music
more

Community Symposium on Decommissioning San Onofre

Saturday Oct. 19
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Center for Spiritual Living, 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA. 92673.

Featured speakers:

Arjun Makhijani, expert on Hardened On Site Storage of nuclear waste and long-term high-level waste management issues and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.

Marvin Resnikoff has worked on nuclear waste issues with government, industry, and activists for decades, Senior Associate at Radioactive Waste Management Associates and is an international consultant on radioactive waste management issues. He is Principal Manager at Associates and is Project Director for dose reconstruction and risk assessment studies of radioactive waste facilities and transportation of radioactive materials.

Gene Stone of ROSE, genston@sbcglobal.net
Glenn Pascall of the Sierra Club, gpascall@att.net

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