(and the next few days thereafter). For three years TEPCO has been bungling remediation efforts while the life and health of everyone on this planet has been seriously threatened by uncontained release of radiation, especially in Japan. And it's going to go on for decades, if not centuries. Right now Daiichi is in a state of collapse from every angle: infrastructure weakened, manpower shortages, cooling systems deteriorating, lethally radioactive water storage leaks, contaminated groundwater rising to the surface, electrical systems highly vulnerable, with risk of a major earthquake taking it out entirely.
In spite of all this, the PM is energetically pushing nuclear technology to India, Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. Japan's new Secrecy Law could make it a crime to investigate nuclear issues; harassment and jailing of Japanese activists must stop!
Most of us have no illusion that the water is safe and that the marine products are safe. We're giving up fish- BUT WE'RE NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT!
We are taking to the streets to demand action. No weak assurances of safety. We want results. Here are a selection of events planned for 3.11 2014 that will bring your voice to the fore, that will let your concerns be heard, that will strengthen your heart, and your resolve. There's no turning back; Fukushima is Here.
In San Francisco, the Japan Consulate is at 50 Fremont Street, near the Embarcadero BART station. Assembly at 3 pm, short speeches, reading and delivery of letter to Consul, then march to Union Square for rally and more speakers. http://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/
7:30-9:35 pm, in both San Francisco and Los Angeles:
Surviving Japan, a powerful film about the tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster's aftermath, will be shown at AMC Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Avenue in SF, where the Director Christopher Noland will host a Q&A after, and at Laemmle's Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles, where the Producer Q'orianka Kilcher will host a Q&A (map) (310) 478-3836. Tickets must be purchased in advance, from the theaters or from the director.
Wednesday March 19, 2014
First Universalist Unitarian Church
CODEPINK, Witness Iraq and the Peace and Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a panel discussion to commemorate the 11th year anniversary of the war on Iraq.
The Panel will feature an American lawyer representing Iraqi refugee and single mother Sundus Salih Shaker in a lawsuit against key members of the Bush Administration, Aaron Hughes, an Iraq War veteran who served during the early years of the invasion, and Zaid Faransso, doctor and Iraqi refugee currently living in Northern California.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SATURDAY MARCH 8
In San Francisco we start at St. Mary's Cathedral at
12:00 noon. We will march from there to Mitchell Bros
strip club, an infamous center for the commodification
of women's bodies.
Between pope and pornographer, there is no fundamental difference! Both reduce women to objects. We will be there
to say loudly and defiantly, we CAN and MUST do better
than a world where half of humanity is systematically used and abused.
"Today's vote represents a triumph of conscience by MEPs, who have issued a clear call to national European governments to come clean on their complicity with the CIA's illegal drones programme, and bring it to an immediate halt."
-- Reprieve Legal Director Kat Craig
February 26, 2014 - 2 years since Trayvon Martin was murdered by vigilante, wanna be cop George Zimmerman;
2 years since this 17-year-old African-American walking
home at 7:15 PM with skittles and iced tea and wearing a hoodie was murderedbecause he looked "suspicious" and "up to no good" to Zimmerman.
We will not stand by in silence as our youth are brutalized, locked up, murdered and more. On Feb 26th, we must say NO MORE! to the criminalization of whole generations of Black and Latino youth.
We Are All Trayvon Martin, The Whole Damn System is Guilty
Bruce Gagnon, Secretary/Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
, has urged that we give attention to the "pivot" to the Pacific.
This scheme must be seen in relation to the Administration's push for the Trans Pacific Partnership, an exploitative trade system that is likely to lead to protest and insurgency. Although the trade deal is slowed for the moment in Congress, the military plans are proceeding.
This NYTimes op-ed article describes what kind of drone war world is likely to be shaping up in the Pacific.