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  • NM Economic & Social Health
    th in reading and 49 th in math on the nation s report card NAEP Eight graders ranked 50 th in reading and 49 th in math 12 New Mexico was the dumbest state for three years in a row 2002 2004 in a Morgan Quitno Press national ranking 13 New Mexico s national rank in five key indicators of educational performance fell significantly from 1992 to 2002 see table on separate page below Child Welfare Nearly the worst New Mexico ranks last in the country for the percentage of children living with a parent who lacks a secure year round job 34 Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count report 14 New Mexico ranks second to last for the percentage of children living in families headed by a single parent 36 Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count report 15 New Mexico ranks 46 th in overall child well being according to the 2005 Kids Count report released July 2005 16 Morbidity Crime and Despair Terrible New Mexico has fallen from 22 nd 1993 to the 48 th 2005 healthiest state over the last 12 years in a Morgan Quitno Press annual ranking of the fifty states 17 New Mexico s violent crime rate has risen driving its national rank down from 40 th 2003 to 47 th 2005 according to the United Health Foundation 18 New Mexico ties with Nevada for the highest rate of violent deaths including homicide and suicide per capita New Mexico Health Policy Commission 19 New Mexico has had the highest rate of total drug overdose deaths in the nation since the 1990 s that rate has steadily increased since 1994 New Mexico Health Policy Commission 20 New Mexico s accidental death rate was 65 6 higher than the U S rate 2002 and the suicide rate was 75 higher than the U S rate 2002 according a New Mexico Health Policy Commission report 21 Sources 1 Garcia Patricia State s social health ailing study finds The Albuquerque Tribune 17 November 2003 sec A 8 2 U S Census Bureau Poverty in the United State Changes Between the Censuses Bureau of the Census Statistical Brief 1993 http www census gov apsd www statbrief sb93 15 pdf 10 October 2005 3 U S Census Bureau State Profile New Mexico Statistical Abstract of the United States 1999 http www census gov statab www states nm txt 13 October 2005 4 U S Census Bureau Table Percent of People Below Poverty Level American Community Survey 2004 Rankings Tables http factfinder census gov servlet GRTSelectServlet ds name ACS 2004 EST G00 lang en ts 143461026636 13 October 2005 5 Data for 1989 1998 obtained from U S Census Bureau Small Area Income Poverty Estimates 6 December 2004 http www census gov hhes www saipe county html 17 October 2005 6 U S Census Bureau Rankings Tables 2001 2004 American Community Survey 2005 http www census gov acs www Products Ranking index htm 13 October 2005 7 Bernstein Jared et al

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    Snodgrass Los Alamos Monitor 10 05 05 The full text of the recommendation can be found at http www nnmcab org recommendations recommendation 2005 10 pdf The CAB s recommendation 7 pages including a 1 person dissenting opinion that also calls for an end to disposal but differs on small points is sweeping in its argument which is grounded in sound earth science and logic while also expressing a moral responsibility for stewardship of the land All these arguments and more have been made by the Study Group at various forums letters reports and meetings down through the years in New Mexico The technical arguments for closure were especially emphasized at a standing room only forum in Los Alamos in March of 2002 This year 2005 some 258 businesses and 87 groups have endorsed an end to disposal at LANL as part of the Call for Nuclear Disarmament see www lasg org So has the City of Santa Fe in a resolution paralleling the Call for Nuclear Disarmament passed 7 1 on April 13 2005 The City of Taos addressed such a resolution over a period of several months this spring and summer culminating in a standing room only crowd on July 19 and a decision to defer A list of the New Mexico organizations who have been requesting closure of Area G is available on our web site Prior to this year approximately 3 840 New Mexicans had petitioned governors Johnson and Richardson to close Area G in the Can Paign to halt nuclear disposal in northern New Mexico with most of these people paying 3 to convey their wishes on a can of food with a nuclear waste label Three prior waste managers at the Department of Energy DOE and LANL have told the Study Group that Area

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/PressRelease10-21-05.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    events of the day will begin A detailed schedule for the entire day and series of days is available from the Study Group At noon those assembled will walk to the Los Alamos Post Office where visiting hibakusha will present letters from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Los Alamos Community leaders requesting their assistance in worldwide disarmament efforts Santa Fe city councilors and local business representatives will also be present and make short presentations Thousands of sunflowers will also be made available to the Los Alamos community In the afternoon two workshops will be held each twice first at 3 00 pm and then again at 4 30 pm The workshop on nuclear history will be held in the Los Alamos Community Building adjacent to the Pond and will be led by David Krieger and Alice Slater The workshop on a post nuclear economy for New Mexico will be held in the Los Alamos Senior Citizen Center and will be led by economists William Weida and Michael Oden At sunset three thousand reusable floating candle lanterns will be set adrift in Ashley Pond These lanterns one for each 100 victims of the bombings have been produced for this event by the Dragonfly Sanctuary of Madrid NM Confirmed musicians for this event include Jim Page Seattle Robert Hoyt Indiana and Peter Neils Albuquerque The day s tone will be nonviolent in word and deed The groups aims are education awareness beauty and the display of nonviolent solidarity and power Events in Los Alamos on August 6 are tied to similar ones in Japan California Nevada Texas Tennessee Colorado and elsewhere around the world Confirmed speakers now include Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark CANCELLED TODAY due to changed court dates involving the Palestine Liberation Organization David Krieger President of the Nuclear Age Peace

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/2005-07-27-Hiroshima.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    field As many as five thousand flowers will brighten the lawn of the Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos on August 6 as part of the Hiroshima Day commemoration The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Study Group to remember the day the bomb was dropped and to call for nuclear disarmament The sunflowers will be delivered to Los Alamos in a semi tractor trailer rig on the morning

    Original URL path: http://lasg.org/press/2005/2005-07-27-Sunflowers.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    how activists and intellectuals played a key role in preventing nuclear Armageddon This lecture will be open to the general public at no charge This event is part of three day authoritative seminar on the legal status of nuclear weapons and the history of U S nuclear weapons policy as well as a review of the civil society response over the past 60 years For more information www lasg org current press 2005 07 26 Remembering htm Dr Lawrence Wittner attended Columbia College the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University where he received his Ph D in History in 1967 Since then he has taught at Hampton Institute at Vassar College at Japanese universities under the Fulbright program and at the State University of New York Albany where he is currently Professor of History A former president of the Council on Peace Research in History now the Peace History Society he has written extensively on the history of peace movements and on the history of United States foreign policy His books include Rebels Against War 1969 rev ed 1984 Cold War America 1974 rev ed 1978 and American Intervention in Greece 1982 His most extensive project has been a scholarly

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    th and 14 th billboards respectively in the Study Group s highway billboard campaign which began in 1998 All but one of the billboards have been hung in the Albuquerque to Los Alamos corridor with one anti war billboard in the Farmington area The Study Group is pleased to mention that this campaign will be featured in a cover story in the sociology journal Public Culture this fall in an article written by Dr Joseph Masco a professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Chicago The event behind the mysterious admonition August 6 be there is a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombings to be held in Los Alamos on that day for details see http www lasg org On that day the Study Group and more than 140 other endorsing organizations will host a day of remembrance that includes speakers including atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki former U S attorney general Ramsey Clark and many others workshops on nuclear history and on post nuclear development in New Mexico led by visiting experts and live music Letters from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be presented to the Los Alamos County Council if they come Some 5 000 sunflowers grown in a local farm will be brought in and 3 000 floating candle lanterns have been prepared by one of the participating groups Dragonfly Sanctuary of Madrid for use at dusk each candle representing 100 nuclear bombing fatalities Since the end of the Cold War the sunflower has become the international symbol for nuclear disarmament This week s issue of Time devotes its cover story to that 1945 nuclear attack Those who attend the August 6 event in Los Alamos will have a chance to hear eyewitness accounts from beneath the cloud

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    session beginning at 1 30 pm is to be devoted to nuclear weapons technology and effects and to the historical development of U S nuclear weapons policy At 4 30 pm Saturday Dr Lawrence Wittner will speak on How Peace Activists Saved the World a lecture which will be open to the general public at no charge On Saturday night the history of resistance by civil society will again be the theme On Sunday at 9 00 am the last session of the course will begin with a review of current issues in nuclear weapons policy and will conclude with a discussion of the contradictions and challenges inherent in nuclear weapons policy and law overall This information intense seminar is aimed a broad audience including citizens interested in active participation in nuclear policy decisions journalists looking for background often missing in the daily news context attorneys interested in international law or in nuclear issues and weapons complex personnel looking for an outside perspective Study Group Director Mello The very strong legal norms against nuclear weapons have been enacted often against strong state opposition because of humanity s moral convictions against mass slaughter and needless suffering These norms deserve our careful attention In the long run if not the short nuclear weapons must give way to law or law itself will fall to nuclear weapons Lecturers include Dr John Burroughs Executive Director of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy a specialist on treaty regimes and international law relating to nuclear and other non conventional weapons Jacqueline Cabasso Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation a leading voice for nuclear weapons abolition in the U S and worldwide Greg Mello Executive Director of the Study Group an expert on U S nuclear weapons policy and the U S nuclear weapons complex and

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  • Los Alamos Study Group
    by an industry which Americans apparently associate with insecurity and worse The direction of this industry e g toward plutonium pit production for the long haul and toward modified and more usable nuclear weapons is not democratically supported not at all Fourth these findings should cause liberal congresspersons and arms controllers to take stock and re think their implicit and explicit support for retaining a safe and reliable nuclear stockpile Most Americans do not support retaining nuclear stockpiles indefinitely It is not just new nuclear weapons they don t want They want fewer and then zero nuclear weapons The PIPA poll found that 84 of Americans supported the NPT s requirement for full nuclear disarmament It also found that the average guessestimate of the U S stockpile is 200 nuclear weapons and the average number of weapons desired is 100 We have more than 10 000 weapons and there are no actual binding laws or treaties other than executive branch memoranda under which this number is to be decreased despite extensive misrepresentations of the Moscow Treaty Finally those who seek to find a political voice for these anti nuclear attitudes like most members of the Santa Fe City Council and the 200 New Mexico businesses and nonprofits who have endorsed disarmament and nonproliferation resolutions like the Call for Nuclear Disarmament at http www lasg org should take heart Their efforts are very broadly supported in society and any electoral impact from this kind of political leadership is likely to be positive not negative Yearnings for peace cannot be forever stilled most Americans reject the embrace of apocalyptic violence and credit will come to those political leaders who can articulate and help realize these near universal values ENDS ABC News Poll No Nation Should Have Nuke Weapons AP Poll Finds Most Americans Believe No Country Should Have Nuclear Weapons Not Even U S By WILL LESTER The Associated Press Mar 30 2005 Though the Soviet Union is gone the nuclear fears that fueled the Cold War haven t disappeared Most Americans think nuclear weapons are so dangerous that no country should have them and a majority believe it s likely that terrorists or a nation will use them within five years The Bush administration repeatedly warns about nuclear weapons and is using diplomacy and force to try to limit the threat Still North Korea claims it has nuclear weapons now and is making more Iran is widely believed to be within five years of developing such weapons And security for the nuclear material scattered across the countries of the old Soviet Union remains a major concern Lurking in the background is the threat that worries U S officials the most terrorists desire to acquire nuclear weapons All that helps explain why 52 percent of Americans think a nuclear attack by one country against another is somewhat or very likely by 2010 according to an AP Ipsos poll Fifty three percent think a nuclear attack by terrorists is at least somewhat likely

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