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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 08 Jul 2015: Teach-in on Ukraine, Wed July 22, UNM Law School
    S has embarked on hybrid wars with Russia and China in order to retain U S global dominance The arms control presumption of gradual nuclear disarmament is being replaced by war a quite intentional process which will destroy this society one way or another if it is not stopped soon I debated U S Russian relations with the senior arms control specialist in the National Security Council last month and heard a far more solidified obstinate and uninformed belligerence toward Russia than I expected As you probably also see from your own reading we are in serious trouble The relatively stable post Cold War decades are now gone never to return We are in a completely new situation one in which our president just declared that our current anti terrorism wars are generational i e permanent Hybrid and proxy wars are increasing according to the Pentagon itself Progress on nuclear disarmament is now intimately connected with profound economic climate and ecological crises with justice within and between societies with human dignity and common survival We do not see nuclear disarmament as an isolated issue and never have It is more and more a fundamental requirement for human solidarity and survival

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 08 Jul 2015: Meeting reminder for Wednesday, July 15
    We will be presenting and discussing some of the results of strategic deliberations we are having with our national and international allies and advisors As we mentioned before tremendous strides have been made internationally toward delegitimizing and prohibiting nuclear weapons with 112 countries a majority of countries in the world having pledged to support a ban treaty just this year Please see Bulletin 206 Desultory NPT conference ends in division a good thing 108 countries pledge to help ban nuclear weapons Jun 9 2015 But as we wrote to you on June 14 New Mexico is pretty stuck in a country that is stuck We are not aiming at a popular movement for nuclear disarmament We believe there will be no successful narrow social and political movement for nuclear disarmament in the U S That time has passed forever We see rapidly declining economic and ecological prospects for the U S and the world The stable post Cold War decades are gone never to return We are in a completely new situation in which nuclear disarmament is intimately connected with profound economic climate and ecological crises and with justice within and between societies with dignity and our common survival We do not see nuclear disarmament as an isolated issue and never have It is a fundamental requirement for human solidarity and survival and can be approached far more boldly than in recent decades This is a very different kind of politics than we usually see As we see it the U S has embarked on hybrid wars with Russia and China in order to retain U S global dominance The arms control presumption of gradual nuclear disarmament is being replaced by war a quite intentional process which will destroy this society one way or another if it is not stopped

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  • LASG ABQ & SF friends ltr, 14 Jun 2015: Demonstration this coming Tuesday (Peaceful Skies), followup from SF meeting Wednesday, next SF meeting July 15 (tentative)
    been having with you as well as our national and international allies and advisors You will hear more about this meeting in a week or so and as the date approaches Tremendous strides have been made internationally and more are on the way We want to make nuclear disarmament a present narrative reality in New Mexico and the rest of the US even as we that s you and the rest of the Study Group help open the door to a broad based anti war environmental and social justice movement Without that disarmament narrative and without that movement New Mexico and its environment will we believe spiral down into immiseration and degradation There is not a moment to lose If for some reason we have to change that July date we will let you know right away We will also send reminders Again please write us for the meeting location with your RSVP or call 505 265 1200 We have pages of notes and insights from this past Wednesday s meeting which like previous meetings help guide us more than may be apparent Like many meetings it was a mix of old hands and new From this longer list I would like to offer the following remarks to our most interested members Few of us grasp the urgency and gravity of the multidimensional crisis in which we find ourselves which threatens to irreversibly undo much of life on earth in a very short time Our situation is so new and so drastic it is all but invisible We are in protective denial This is apparent in comments we often hear about the churches not being a good place for which to look for full time independent locally responsible morally grounded organizers We agree it is difficult But then we also have to ask and these are not at all rhetorical questions where else shall we produce and find them What other moral foundation and social support can we quickly provide independent of frequently compromised agenda setting liberal philanthropy as much as we ourselves depend to some extent on it Without full time commitments how shall we build inform sustain and win the necessary struggle Please notice that we are not asking for something we have not done and are doing ourselves We are asking for people to join us in a multiplicity of ways that are accessible to everyone and with maximum but local social and financial support We are not suggesting that people become volunteers for any national nonprofit an old model that has led to three decades of failure to thrive in the environmental movement for example and is entirely unsuited to today s multidimensional crisis situation Please note that we are not at all asking for your ideas now We are asking for our core members to reach out to others they know and help organize full time climate and justice activists in the churches or wherever In our meetings it is sometimes difficult for people to

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 08 Jun 2015: Invitation to a private planning meeting this Wednesday 6/10, 5:30 pm in Santa Fe, RSVP necessary
    that did not involve anything beyond asking our support for a campaign already set in stone which involved very little change from the status quo We ve got a new nuclear weapons aka Manhattan Project National Historic Park on the way We fought it and we eventually lost But now it s a big opportunity isn t it Simultaneously the Santa Fe metro area continues to be marked for increased plutonium and nuclear waste activities All pit disposition options not just pit production options now run through Los Alamos and Santa Fe involving 30 40 tons of Pu Book cover from Plutopia Nuclear Families Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters a good book This leads to this kind of choice for us from a blurb for a possible talk which I was asked to provide from which I have received no reply Crawl Out through the Fallout Baby Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Future of Santa Fe Does Los Alamos National Laboratory LANL benefit Santa Fe If not could it do so under different policy scenarios Can Santa Fe emerge from the political and cultural shadow of The Bomb Who is Santa Fe s real patron saint now Francesco Bernardone or Robert Oppenheimer Or is just plain old Mammon Plutus let s say to whom we offer plutonium The time has come when Santa Fe must choose We cannot have it both ways The state nation and world face a new set of challenges completely different from those that animated the Manhattan Project and the Cold War Can Santa Fe adapt to this brave new world or even thrive If so what might that look like and what role if any could or should LANL play Is finally time to end the Manhattan Project in our imaginations which lives there in a vampiric or should we say zombie form The Obama administration and Congress would like to spend billions of dollars in new construction for industrial scale plutonium processing waste handling and weapons manufacturing dirty and risky work on a scale never seen before in Los Alamos Is such a future compatible with a sustainable attractive and economically resilient City Different Can LANL ever even be cleaned up for that matter The simple answer is no not really and that s not the intention either The reality is that the lab is making and burying new waste on site all the time and plans to make more Well maybe the lab be converted or effectively diversified to new missions you may say If you come you will find out why conversion like diversification is neither realistic nor desirable Greg Mello long time director of the Los Alamos Study Group will share insights on these and other questions from 25 years of policy analysis and advocacy in New Mexico Washington DC and international disarmament diplomacy Mr Mello was trained as a systems engineer and regional planner He worked as a hydrologist for the State and private

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 16 May 2015: Study Group mtg Wed May 20: economic implications of nuclear militarism for NM
    Fe Highlights include New Mexico is so undemocratic and culturally conquered it cannot save itself via standard liberal political reform which is widely failing Like the country as a whole it has been sliding downward politically and is very likely to get worse New Mexico is an occupied territory and liberal Santa Fe is no exception far from it Albuquerque the Nuke City is obviously no exception either Far more radical measures are needed For a variety of reasons there is no possibility for a grassroots disarmament movement sensu stricta in the U S or especially in NM To the extent nuclear issues are salient overt nuclear politics in US civil society is guided and controlled or in other cases tethered by powerful private sector interests which seek to perpetuate the status quo for their own personal and corporate financial gain and for their personal careers and prestige All the way up to the pinnacles of power the actors involved cannot accurately assess what to do or what they are doing because the ideas values and behaviors involved are so universal and required Mere citizens are at the mercy of a long chain of manipulation and social engineering much as ordinary Ukrainians were in the Maidan color revolution The blind lead the blind We want to convey to you and to others a dual sense of great possibility and extreme danger at this moment in history more than ever before People tend to see neither The future will be very unlike the past and frankly it will be full of human suffering and extinctions For the most part progressives deny all this Probably the greatest danger and obstacle we face is mild reformism or liberal progressivism as Bob Anderson called it last week Fake policies promoted by political poseurs the

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  • LASG SF friends ltr, 11 May 2015: Reminder: Briefing and discussion Wed May 13, 5:30 pm (RSVP) (Fun! And seriously hopeful.)
    will find it especially interesting and hopeful We really hope you will come For more details and some ruminations on strategy see the preceding 5 4 email We d like to unveil some of our plans ask for help in various ways and mostly separate from what we can do in the Study Group without more staff describe some fruitful and supportive organizing paths others can take We know they work because we ve done them ourselves in Amarillo Santa Fe and Albuquerque We want to tell you about the steady progress on the international disarmament front these days though that progress is like pulling nuclear teeth from the mouths of the nuclear weapon states The best news is that a lot of countries 84 as of now and we are hoping for 100 by two weeks from now have joined with Austria in wanting to discuss banning nuclear weapons with or without the participation of the nuclear weapon states More good news is that Scotland is now largely politically united behind a party the Scottish National Party that puts ridding Scotland of Trident as one of its top three political demands Ending austerity is another The third is more independence for Scotland Altogether a major headache for Cameron I have just returned from a week in Washington meeting with high officials congressional staff and long time colleagues I can report that the situation on nuclear policy is rather bleak overall though not without glimmers of sanity Even in Washington reality does intrude chiefly in its fiscal form We ll have slides in the presentational part of this little get together and healthy snacks The Albuquerque Study Group chapter got part of the briefing last week in beta form You ll be the beneficiary of last week s talk and

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 04 May 2015: Reminder: discussion Thurs May 7, 5:30 pm
    on 4 21 with some background for our main discussion topic outreach to churches which I won t repeat here Meanwhile I Greg have returned from a week of discussions with congressional and White House staff the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board DNFSB and others in Washington The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty NPT Review Conference has also gotten underway in New York at the U N There are important developments in both places we ought to touch upon So on Thursday we hope the meeting will go something like this Introductions 5 minutes Update on nuclear issues in Congress the Administration and NM 10 minutes plus 10 minutes Q A 1 trillion in nuclear weapons over next 30 years on track but will need considerable new money from civilian spending Plutonium pit production and related construction on track until we take it off track Albuquerque now almost certainly the largest cache of nuclear weapons in the world with all this implies in war and in peace All excess plutonium 40 tons to be shipped into Los Alamos for processing and out again over many years LANL s plutonium factory and waste complex growing No net cleanup occurring WIPP reopening will be delayed Related spent nuclear fuel SNF storage site attempts in NM and in Andrews TX and Loving Co TX both adjacent to NM Udall and Heinrich oppose the NM plan for now Meanwhile the sun shines and wind blows Massive opportunities open or almost open too few working on them Update on current developments in nuclear weapons diplomacy 5 minutes plus 5 minutes Q A NPT RevCon repeating tired clichés provides nuclear weapons states with cover Reaching Critical Will overlaps with Study Group board and ICAN Study Group a partner distinguishing themselves Opportunities for

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  • LASG ABQ friends ltr, 21 Apr 2015: No meeting this Wednesday morning! Now Thurs May 7, 5:30 pm
    there won t be justice and there won t even be a tomorrow for millions of people and species unless we protect them and make those conditions As we have said previously we need to offer jobs to capable young people with whatever resources we have got in order to accomplish particular and as it will turn out highly disruptive political goals We are in an emergency situation This quality is somehow missing from most of the political discourse we see on the left here and everywhere Where are the resources to do this They are in our own homes and bank accounts and those of our friends and their friends but the social and political software is largely missing We are a society which bowls alone as Robert Putnam wrote so long ago Those of you getting this email are among the most generous people there are but I have to inform you that some pieces of the social circuit that are needed are missing today Not news to you I am sure Buried deeply in their operating systems and often not used for one reason or another the churches have that software of faith love commitment joy trust and tradition By contrast we certainly cannot count on foundation philanthropy to provide appropriate leadership for example through the nonprofit industry including climate nonprofits and nuclear disarmament nonprofits such as they are It never has and it never will Such philanthropy sometimes responds but does not lead At the Study Group our role has evolved to deploy the most truthful power we can with the least time and money which has led us to analysis lobbying writing and sometimes as of late as at times before international citizen diplomacy We live in a state that supports at almost every level and in almost every relevant institution weapons of mass destruction What that has meant is that we have had to go elsewhere to be effective with perhaps 3 4 of our time Most people are terrified of opposing the structures of domination to an extent I for one never imagined 25 years ago But at the same time we live and work here with you our friends and also we know that even if we win elsewhere say with a nuclear weapons ban treaty those victories are implemented or not here and we know that our economic life in this state and ALL life will be cut off if we do not end our political addiction to ways of life that destroy it all We ourselves are able to provide housing and training in exchange for work but not to just anybody We can t provide free tutoring or free parenting so we are very demanding as regards skills and maturity We can t be that first encounter with workforce reality that often characterizes post university life We can t afford to interview a long line of strangers either A mere 10 hours per week is not enough to do

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