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  • Bulletin #196: LANL incompetance, coverup; fundraising appeal, 16 Nov 2014
    nuclear weapons business this next year is crucial both in the U S and internationally You can be a monthly sustaining donor make a one time donation of any size donate stock or other assets thus avoiding capital gains or even donate an unused vehicle You can donate through our secure on line portal or via regular mail at the address below Please call us at 505 265 1200 if you have any questions or write Donations to the Los Alamos Study Group a 501 c 3 organization are fully tax deductible We very much hope you will help us with peer to peer fundraising and with outreach more generally and join in our work in other ways We have prepared issue and fundraising packets for those who want to help in this way Talk to your friends and associates please You have sympathetic contacts we do not To volunteer in other ways please peruse our Bulletins for background and suggestions or call or write If you are not familiar with our work please take a look at our web site See also the enclosed materials if you are getting this letter by postal mail The Los Alamos Study Group based in New Mexico works primarily to foster nuclear disarmament We do so in the context of urgently seeking sustainable energy and climate policies safe management of nuclear facilities and transition to a sustainable and just economy We have no time to lose In New Mexico these issues are all closely related Since our first public meetings 25 years ago we have approached these issues together in their total cultural economic and political context in as much technical detail as time has allowed This is not the moment for modesty I am pleased to say that in concert with allies in government and outside it and drawing on our informal pool of sympathetic experts from around the country we ve built an unmatched track record of success in stopping hair brained nuclear projects planned and underway in this state We have repeatedly stymied nuclear weapons projects described by the Department of Energy DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA as essential Sometimes as in the recent case of the 6 billion plutonium warhead core pit factory under design at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL which we delayed and then killed through litigation analysis and hundreds of lobbying visits we had to buck a national consensus supporting the project not just within government but in the arms control community and its funders as well We use every efficient means we can from lobbying to media exposure to litigation to organizing to advertising no longer affordable In our public education role we ve seeded or participated in more than 3 000 separate news articles and hundreds of radio programs We ve held hundreds of public meetings here in New Mexico and hundreds of meetings with decisionmakers on Capitol Hill Our research is used around the world Our training and long experience give

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  • Bulletin #195: Emergency meetings in NM; despite world crises, Administration likely to seek massive increase in nuclear weapons spending, 8 Oct 2014
    the same thing is a society that cannot lead the world toward peace and survival Such a society will not even save itself There just aren t the trillions of dollars in real capital that we need to make our society and climate sustainable and also some other trillions to prepare for wars fight them and modernize our mutual nuclear suicide belt We can print all the money we want but there is only so much real capitol i e real resources and skilled labor to be had Eisenhower said it well enough in 1953 Notwithstanding his later actions his words can serve as a rebuttal to Senator Tom Udall s opposite credo Every gun that is made every warship launched every rocket fired signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed those who are cold and are not clothed This world in arms is not spending money alone It is spending the sweat of its laborers the genius of its scientists the hopes of its children The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this a modern brick school in more than 30 cities It is two electric power plants each serving a town of 60 000 population It is two fine fully equipped hospitals It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8 000 people This is not a way of life at all in any true sense Under the cloud of threatening war it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron These equivalencies need updating Meanwhile I assert without presenting updated calculations here that the cost of LANL s ridiculous plutonium factory proposal now NNSA s program of record and including two or more underground modules currently estimated to cost more than 200 000 per square foot of useful space would pretty much pay for ending coal burning in this state if used to leverage private investment in renewables That quality of investment and quality not just quantity matters would transform this state s economy and society The international problem is not just one of avoiding a short term but omnifatal nuclear winter but also avoiding the certainty should business as usual continue of an omnifatal nuclear summer as well That big fusion reactor around which we orbit will most definitely destroy all higher life on earth if we cannot make radical changes in how we live including in our international relations We must make peace very actively Maintaining our present nuclear arsenal is incompatible with that peace As the Vatican representative said to the First Committee of the U N in 1997 Nuclear weapons are incompatible with the peace we seek for the 21st century The peace we seek is not the peace of mass extinction To survive we need to avoid arctic and subarctic positive feedbacks such as the

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  • Bulletin #194: Plutonium is not your friend, 31 Aug 2014
    and health care In New Mexico nuclear issues are usually too controversial for churches but at bottom climate issues are not really different issues than nuclear weapons militarism full employment police violence and many others The professional environmental groups have utterly failed on this issue and will keep failing so don t count on them It s not all their fault of course since other civil society groups that ought to be standing up aren t There s a leaden silence apart from a few important symbolic but narrow foci like the Keystone XL pipeline None of us can work with that silence If you live in New Mexico and do not have a professional responsibility to poor clients who truly need favors from our politicians don t give politicians money unless and until they can articulate nonviolent public policies that will expand our social contract promote equality and justice and rapidly transform our society into a more environmentally sustainable one in a way that helps leads the world not hold it back Evangelize about your choice in letters to the editor and every other way you can think of None of our congressional delegation are even close to offering such policies Our city and county governments are not doing this either New Mexico is failing fast Don t reward failure Use your money and your precious time in effective productive responsible ways As we have noted Tom Udall is particularly devoted to the nuclear weapons labs and military bases that harm our state For a review of why they do in the case of Los Alamos see Does Los Alamos National Lab Help or Hurt the New Mexico Economy July 2006 The New York Times suggests that Udall s chances of winning another 6 years exceed 99 When you give money to Tom Udall he may well use it to run ads promoting militarism and nuclear weapons institutions Your donation to Udall buys advertising for Bechtel If you truly believe in donating money to candidates to prevent a right wing Senate takeover it s an obvious fact not advice from me that you d do better donating in a close race Better donate to a candidate that can articulate and work for political values you want Please do not construe this advice as having anything to do with who to vote for or to whom to donate Udall s opponent is no doubt as militaristic as they come The point is that those who donate to today s candidates should not deceive themselves into thinking they are doing more than they are To reform our democracy will take a hell of a lot more than donating money let alone voting for the lesser of two weevils When not if Tom wins this race he will be as free to choose and to lead as any American politician can ever be He is now the senior politician in his Party in this state and the pressure on him and his Party needs to be intense just as it does on the other Party That pressure can take many forms The resulting dialogue and we need turmoil before we can get that has immediate national implications If you live in northern New Mexico do whatever you can to cut your city s county s or tribe s financial support for and membership in the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities RCLC The RCLC is a lobbying organization for the for profit Bechtel led Los Alamos National Security LANS Corporation which runs Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL Through RCLC your local government officially supports whatever LANS happens to want That s what RCLC does in Washington the message as it is transmitted and received which is not the same story you are being told in New Mexico by the biddable politicians involved If you want to devote some serious time to this call us If you do not live in New Mexico agitate mobilize organize and work with your congressional delegation to cut military spending and especially nuclear weapons spending Help build what Martin Luther King called a coalition of conscience that bridges issues into a powerful bloc As far as lobbying goes you know what committees your delegation sits on You know people he or she will listen to There is no way to pretend otherwise if you want to make a difference you must acquire the political power to do so You have to do this yourself with others you know or will come to know Nobody else can do it for you Either you have a voice or you don t If you don t get one Your opinion like your isolated vote doesn t matter one tiny little bit Public awareness doesn t matter Political power matters If you love this planet if you love your children get that power The biggest problems we face are distraction and apathy on the one hand and the too ready acceptance of political placebos on the other By apathy I don t mean a feeling I mean an absence of action We who care must dig in and radicalize our lives Don t imagine that any of the crises we face will be solved in our spare time Is it absolutely necessary to be in your job Is that new purchase really necessary Is that heavily polluting airplane trip to Cape Wonderful really more important than your volunteer work in your own community Aircraft emissions at high altitude are an estimated 2 5 times more potent than surface emissions in global warming last time I looked Is full time college or graduate school really a good idea at this time in history Aren t we at what will be the end of history if we put too many of our best young people on the shelf for 4 or 6 years more and leave the crazy old men in charge that much longer Frankly a lot of the graduates we meet have

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  • Bulletin #193: “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest," 21 Jul 2014
    organizations and we know many of you Nuclear disarmament is not an expensive proposition The successful multi year campaign including extensive research and writing lobbying organizing media work and litigation that spanned nearly a decade which defeated the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility CMRR NF the highest nuclear weapons construction priority and one that was seen as most essential by the nuclear weapons establishment for most of this period cost only a few hundred thousand dollars the typical price these days for a home in Santa Fe or in many other cities There are plenty of people in our communities who can write large checks and do so all the time for all sorts of things What is needed is for the rest of us to buck up and get more serious about what we are doing We need to stop entertaining fantasies about the virtues of signing on line petitions and meaningless sentimental demonstrations that demonstrate nothing except political weakness What was once seen as a first step toward something more effective has typically become the only step So if you have an hour or two and really want to help further nuclear disarmament and a green renewal in this state be our agent We need what every business nonprofit association and campaign in this country needs skilled workers and money You have connections and networks we don t In Memoriam Helen Viola Long We were very sorry to lose our dear friend Helen Long in June Helen and her late husband Bob were a steady anchor and contributing voice at Study Group events for many years Their exemplary lives were inspirations to us and to others They were both active until the very end Goodbye Helen thank you Brief nuclear weapons update LANL to create Trinity more On July 10 the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA announced it had inked a 174 million M contract several years in the making with Cray Inc for the Trinity supercomputer to be installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL starting in 2015 New supercomputer will test aging nukes Albuquerque Journal July 11 This proposal was briefed to the Los Alamos and Livermore corporate boards two years ago Los Alamos National Laboratory Weapons Program Laboratory Director Update LANS LLNS Mission Committee June 2012 The committee is joint because the two separate for profit weapons physics labs are run by mostly the same people and corporations The policy considerations surrounding repeated parallel procurement of supercomputers at redundant nuclear weapons physics laboratories sized and funded for a Cold War mission that is no more and never will be again have become tedious after two decades of such folly Billions have been spent and more billions will be spent at an increasing annual rate on the Advanced Simulation and Computing ASC program see for example p 183 in NNSA s FY2015 budget request NNSA is requesting 610 M for ASC in FY2015 alone The ultimate goal of the ASC program is to integrate all nuclear weapons knowledge in new warhead design tools to achieve p redictive capability for full weapon system nuclear performance in 3D by 2030 NNSA DOE FY 2014 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan June 2013 Figure 3 11 Computational Milestones and Objectives It s a modest goal this Trinity is to be omniscient only as regards nuclear weapons physics Of course LANL LLNL will own this nuclear omniscience maintaining and enforcing the monopoly of knowledge that allows the labs to run the government is a central part of their business plan The ASC program and Trinity within it have almost nothing to do with maintaining the safety and reliability of current U S nuclear weapons That goal to the extent there is substance left in it at all is accomplished via stockpile surveillance and far simpler and cheaper analysis If all goes as planned Trinity will be a little faster than Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory s LLNL s existing Sequoia used for the same purpose but soon to be dismantled On the other hand Trinity will not be as fast as LLNL s planned Sierra computer which will be built two years after Trinity After that LANL expects to replace Trinity with a faster LANL machine in 2020 see this presentation slide 6 If supercomputing were surfing it s endless summer at NNSA It s certainly where the boys and girls are Technical problems have kept ASC supercomputer speeds but not budgets from increasing as fast as previously expected see NNSA DOE FY 2015 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan April 10 2014 Appendix F Historically LANL s supercomputing problems hardware and software problems both have been extensive as knowledgeable insiders have explained to us in past years We have no idea whether these technical cultural and management problems have been overcome LANL s abundant management problems have not been overcome in other parts of LANL that we do know about The idea of using computers to design and certify new warheads has irremediable problems This is not the place to discuss these in detail but suffice it to say that such an approach with no objective full up nuclear testing record in place that can be examined by competent outside scientists LANS and LLNS corporate executives or a cabal of staff scientists or even a single scientist could undermine the perceived reliability of deployed nuclear weapons That s because the complexity of the modeling tools which is all that would be left to decide if a warhead worked or not precludes knowledgeable access by any non lab party Q cleared or not Any latter day doubt expressed could instigate a political process that undermines confidence requires additional appropriations and could lead to new warhead development 1 Supercomputers use a lot of electricity and dissipate a lot of heat Cielo LANL s existing large supercomputer that is to be dismantled to make room for Trinity draws 3 megawatts MW of power Trinity will draw 12 MW about 100 gigawatt hours per

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  • Bulletin #192: New Mexico meetings; season of the witch, 4 Jul 2014
    which our Ukrainian putsch is just the latest testimony An forward tho I canna see I guess an fear Some of the ground rules we might not have seen have to do with thermodynamics with the annoyingly compelling fact that our economy beneath the froth of money has a physical and an energetic basis Our economy depends in particular on oil cheap oil We mention energy and oil in particular first among the crises we could list because oil is a master economic and foreign policy driver Its role in our economy is hard there are no scalable substitutes and because the oil supply situation even in the well endowed U S is deteriorating very quickly The quest for oil and geopolitical advantage to control oil has lured the U S into two wars in this century already which have exhausted the American empire Industrial civilization including agriculture depends helplessly on fairly cheap oil The year in which the all time maximum production of conventional oil occurred worldwide was 2005 That year also may have seen the peak in actual crude oil production oil exclusive of natural gas condensates from which fewer products can be made In any case oil prices are now four times higher than in 2002 and the capital expenditure necessary to produce a new barrel of oil has risen five fold since 2000 for independent oil companies The portion of GDP devoted to obtaining energy is rising fast in the U S and most countries as is the energy necessary to obtain energy and raw materials In the U S at least no economic recovery has ever occurred under these circumstances and none we believe can or will occur This conclusion made stronger by massive and rising inequality the offshoring of most of our productive industry and skills and the cancerous growth of finance Real capital formation in U S society as a whole has very likely already come to an end or will do so in the present decade The present shale oil bubble will definitively pop very soon by 2016 we believe plus or minus a year this is not the place to go into this in detail Not only is real as opposed to nominal capital formation ending but critical infrastructure is not being well maintained with consequences that could become irreversible As for U S natural gas prices must increase dramatically to hold onto today s production levels for a few more years There is no long lived U S shale gas bonanza Worldwide the liquid fuel situation is worse The International Energy Agency IEA warned of potential oil shortages this year if OPEC by which is meant Saudi Arabia the other OPEC members being already maxed out cannot find a way to provide an extra 1 million barrels per day This concern predates the recent conquests by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS World crude oil production is increasing only very slightly now condensates included and only because U

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  • Bulletin #191: New Mexico meetings; LANL plutonium issues, 1 Jul 2014
    4 which have been halted for safety violations since June of last year As of May 30 most PF 4 operations were still shut down We do not know if this goal has been achieved LANL has been operating a 7 day per week war room to stand up PF 4 operations LANL has also convened a task force to investigate how to reopen and reduce risks in the Weapons Engineering Tritium Facility WETF which has been closed because of safety problems for four years same source At the same time LANL is running a different war room to deal with recovering at LANL and at WIPP from its nuclear waste repackaging fiasco which led to WIPP closure and was the subject of the last Bulletin We believe we also see a lot of effort being made to deflect blame elsewhere or deep six the concept of accountability as usual Also at the same time LANL is finally beginning to remove after working through numerous safety issues plutonium from two dozen or so legacy explosion confinement vessels Bolas Grande photo We believe this apparently unusually precious plutonium is Pu 242 Cider useful for creating dynamic simulations of nuclear primaries atomic bombs using precise full scale replicas of deployed or desired new designs program code name Appaloosa It is in other words the most precise physical surrogate for nuclear explosive testing available We would prefer it not be done and the dangerous old Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building closed sooner The overall point is that LANL is attempting to restart hunks of its nuclear materials and nuclear waste operations via extraordinary war rooms after hiatuses that vary in time so far from a few months to four years Why We believe this is for the most part about risk to the duration of the Los Alamos National Security LANS management and operating contract which is worth billions and LANS executive performance bonuses with sums likely to be in the six figure range on the line The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board DNFSB sent to NNSA the summary quoted above which also included revelations about deficiencies in fire protection at LANL at more or less the same time the Study Group was calling for a pause in plutonium operations that produce new transuranic TRU waste The multiplicity and seriousness of problems they see suggest as so often in the past common management deficiencies at LANL and support the Study Group s call for a pause While there is no sign that anyone is taking us up on this call the underlying facts are affecting decisions and actions going forward Second uncertainties and costs related to the WIPP shutdown continue to mount at WIPP and ramify elsewhere House and Senate appropriators have each signed off on WIPP recovery funding plans for fiscal year FY 2015 that involve roughly 120 to 130 million M in extra funding though details and budgetary funding sources vary between the two houses Any recovery plan requires further investigation first There is no disposal path now for new or legacy TRU waste or for 34 metric tons MT or more of surplus plutonium given the uncertainty now attending NNSA s Mixed Oxide MOX fuel program which we and many others believe is failing NNSA s program failures are concatenating Third views within government on the necessary capacity of warhead core pit production facilities when that capacity should be in place whether new pit production should begin in earnest and if so when and what infrastructure existing or existing plus new should be used to do that production and when these decisions should be made are a not unified b in flux and c lack any real analytical basis The Congressional Research Service CRS in a year long study during which we have been frequently consulted has discovered that basic information about a the floor space and b nuclear material quantities that would be at risk in a design basis accident both which are necessary to manufacture 80 pits per year the supposed requirement by 2030 or so is simply unavailable The analysis of precisely what is needed to produce plutonium pits at the rate supposedly needed has not been done by LANL or anyone else See series of reports here Further congressional sources tell us the need for new underground production modules at LANL rests on the assumption that production will occur during a single work shift only and so any new construction would build in higher production capacity at great capital cost and ever recurring annual operating and waste management costs Back of the envelope estimates from LANL now floating around Washington place the cost of a double decker module production space above utility space below at 1 billion apiece or more excluding any bathrooms apparently As yet there is no conceptual design cost estimate schedule funding source analysis of alternatives using existing buildings at LANL and elsewhere and as noted above there is also no agreement over the nature and timing of the production requirement underlying the need That is because there is no need we believe to produce plutonium pits for the foreseeable future to maintain the present deployed U S arsenal None at all Fourth LANL is still struggling to complete the first building in the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement CMRR project the Radiological Laboratory Utility and Office Building RLUOB RLUOB over time came to comprise about one twentieth of the CMRR project cost give or take a few billion Whether one is giving or taking depends on whether one is LANS the corporation running LANL or anybody else RLUOB including equipment installation was supposedly finished on time in 2013 and within budget These claims of course were nonsense In any case roughly 363 M was spent by our count not counting invisible program and indirect funding over which NNSA itself has little visibility or oversight We also know that RLUOB was designed and built without meeting current seismic requirements pp 17 18 44

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  • Bulletin #190: Swarm of issues plagues LANL plutonium operations (Part I), 28 May 2014
    a formal declaration of potential inadequacy of the documented safety analysis PISA under DOE s nuclear safety regulations suggesting that an energetic chemical reaction between nitrate salts and cellulosic material may have caused the WIPP contamination incident LANL was immediately notified as was WCS DOE safety officials even drove to WCS to discuss immediate actions which could be taken because this meant the danger applied to these sites too and in spades The drums of this type were numerous and on the surface with little or no other containment at these two sites not 2 150 feet deep and behind HEPA filtration as at WIPP So as of May 2 when DOE warned LANL of the danger from cellulose in its nitrate salt drums if not before LANL knew there could be very significant community and worker risk from this waste stream identified as LA MIN02 V 001 described in detail here On May 9 the New Mexican broke the kitty litter story Nuke Expert believes kitty litter switch led to WIPP leak The expert in question was James Conca his column on this ran in Forbes that same weekend The Carlsbad Current Argus Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal followed On Friday May 16 two weeks after LANL learned of its serious safety problem LANL Director Charlie McMillan sent a memo to his employees Feds say LANL barrel may be cause of WIPP leak Santa Fe New Mexican Los Alamos container linked to nuke dump leak Associated Press notifying them that the drum which burst was indeed from LANL and since there were other drums from the same waste stream in storage at LANL additional precautions had been taken and were being taken to ensure the safety of LANL employees and the community On Saturday May 17 LANL subcontractor Energy Solutions prepared a spreadsheet using LANL data showing the locations and date of processing for nitrate salt drums The nitrate salt drums with Swheat Scoop kitty litter were processed in 2013 mostly near the end of the year and early 2014 Some 368 containers of this waste are at WIPP all below ground in panels 6 and 7 while 113 are at WCS and 57 are at LANL The following Monday May 19 NMED issued an imminent and substantial endangerment order giving LANL just two days to submit a plan for securing the 57 drums from this waste stream that were still present at LANL New Mexico says 57 nuke containers could be threat Associated Press But NMED like LANL surely knew about the problem on May 2 The next day May 20 NMED issued a second administrative order demanding that DOE permanently seal off Panel 6 and part of Panel 7 at WIPP among other actions see State demands that DOE seal two rooms at WIPP Albuquerque Journal May 21 In this order it is possible NMED is jumping the gun Perhaps it s just our ignorance but we are so far unaware of analyses of the explosive potential of the 368 drums of this type at WIPP 313 of which are in Panel 6 We are not WIPP experts we are just raising the question There seems to have been quite a bit of energy released in this incident On the other hand containing contaminants from this accident and any additional bursting drums may be crucial for WIPP s future WIPP s budget this year is 203 million M most of which will now be spent in dealing with this accident On top of the 216 M requested for WIPP next year DOE is now requesting an extra 140 M for recovery efforts the Weapons Complex Monitor paywall reported this past Friday The details and cost of the recovery plan are not developed Some WIPP workers may be furloughed through no fault of their own Among the numerous issues that remain to be worked out among DOE and lawmakers includes whether to keep on the entire workforce at WIPP during recovery I think for 15 hopefully they ll have a better grasp of the problem and start to address it and what to do with the current workforce the staffer said It s that transition and gap between when they may reopen it or start to receive some shipments as opposed to a different type of workforce that s needed to cleanup or build a new air shaft Who knows what s going to be required Weapons Complex Monitor May 23 2014 So at this point resolution of the serious safety and operational issues at WIPP LANL and WCS still lies ahead It s now water under the bridge but TRU waste should never have been sent to WCS as we told anyone who would listen back in March Nuclear waste from state lab may go to Texas March 20 Los Alamos TRU to be stored at Waste Control Specialists Weapons Complex Monitor March 21 Putting large amounts of organic material together with large quantities of nitrates was a corporate error from which corporate consequences should flow It would be wrong and bad for the U S nuclear weapons program and for LANL to take the easy way out and assign blame to some hapless underling who was assigned to the wrong job given inadequate training and not adequately supervised The fact is many people had to review and sign off on the safety and regulatory compliance of these drums Producing these drums was a big operation The kitty litter used for this extensive campaign which took place over several months at a minimum and generated more than 500 drums of potentially reactive waste must have been clearly visible to many people including supervisors and middle managers If managers weren t engaged in a supervisory capacity they should have been To repeat it is difficult to understand why anyone could use a cellulosic material to absorb liquids associated with nitrate salt and nitric acid residues No chemist would as Dr Conca a chemist also said relaying shock from

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  • Bulletin #189: Summer disarmament intensive in New Mexico, 18 Apr 2014
    what you want to do One of the purposes of this program is to build bridges between the rapidly growing international disarmament movement and our local communities Local participation is vital and will help determine the content of the program Some of you might be able to help support the program financially either personally or through contacts you might have We know of no U S foundation which might support a program such as this aimed as it is at practical steps toward nuclear disarmament and dramatically different U S foreign and domestic policies and located where it is in New Mexico Perhaps you think otherwise If so let s talk about that we re all ears Meanwhile we will support this program from within our household our organization and our communities Now a few more details about what we hope to accomplish this summer First of all we are working with our non governmental organization NGO partners around the world in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN along with others to support the formulation of and step by step accession to a treaty to ban the possession and use of nuclear weapons Many states already support creation of such a treaty Some of us hope to attend the next international meeting of these states currently slated for Vienna in the fall Some who join the summer intensive may be able to assist the Study Group s mission in Vienna as well The Study Group is planning on hosting an international gathering of disarmament activists and others in New Mexico in the summer of 2015 This summer s work will help lay the groundwork for that larger event We need certain informational broadsides and background materials completed which will be of great value not just in the international setting but also for the news media in Congress and in local organizing As mentioned in Bulletin 188 there are aspects of our present common situation which are too seldom understood or brought forward or communicated let alone effectively so open secrets regarding humanity s converging crises that demand a dramatic turnabout in national security policy Nuclear weapons discourse has largely stalled in the U S for a variety of reasons not least of which is the intellectual sterility and paralysis that has set in as the main leaders and funders in the field grow older We know now that nuclear disarmament is an essential urgent part of the national security transformation needed for our very survival This is very poorly understood by even the most erudite here in the U S so dominant is our imperial thinking You might be interested in the following note we got the other day from a veteran New Zealand activist who is active with ICAN This the summer intensive is a most important and inspiring initiative I feel strongly that American Peace activists need to show real courage and leadership in their own country to awaken the public to the growing global momentum

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