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Dear Friends of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action,
When you least expect it - WHAM!!! In this case, the Ground Zero Website met with a most unfortunate accident. The website hosting company's servers were infiltrated by devious HACKERS, and POOF - no more website. It's been obliterated and cast adrift into cyberspace (wherever that ethereal realm exists). At any rate, our Webmeister is working to fix the issue and get things back up and running. I understand that he will be able to recover the text files and much of the photos/graphics. We shall just have to wait and see.
That having been said, we can't wait - the work continues day in and day out to abolish nuclear weapons. If you missed the most recent post (at GZ) about the Earth Day eve Funderal for the Earth in downtown Seattle, you should know that the event got a great deal of attention from the media - King5 TV, Komo TV, KUOW (local NPR affiliate), and the Seattle PI, just to name the ones I remember. After the initial bit of street theatre at Westlake Center Park, the funeral procession walked all the way to the Federal Building where, after an abbreviated service, a small delegation met with staffers for both senators Cantwell and Murray to voice our concerns about current nuclear weapons policies and the modernization of the nation's nuclear weapons infrastructure and arsenal. We hope this will be just the beginning of a conversation with our Senators
about nuclear weapons (and what our nation must do to help achieve a nuclear weapons-free world).
Here are links to some of the media coverage:
King 5 Television
Seattle PI (slideshow)
When we finished the funeral service we all got together for a good old (or new) fashioned Global Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons as a prelude to the official Global Wave that will begin on April 26th in New York City and also occur in many cities around the world. It's all part of Peace & Planet: Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just, and Sustainable World, which begins this evening at the Cooper Union on New York's Lower Eastside. I am here to participate in this international conference that will bring together many different tracks including nuclear weapons abolition, climate change and environmental justice, racism, and militarism - with the intention of building, integrating and strengthening our movements for the long term, while a strong, unified impact on this year's NPT Review Conference.
It is exciting to be a part of this auspicious gathering, and I hope to learn; build stronger relationships across movements and within our own; and make a huge noise that will have to be heard at this year's NPT Review Conference. In addition to plenaries, workshops, and a rally and march to the UN, there will be a nonviolent direct action at the US Mission the UN on April 28th. I will be writing about all of these events over the next few days, and although our website is "toast", have no fear. I will be posting to Facebook at both the Ground Zero Facebook page and NO To NEW TRIDENT Facebook page. In case you don't do that funky Facebook thing, I will be writing some longer essays that I will post at NOTNT.ORG. You won't miss a thing.
In other news - Don't forget to save the dates for upcoming Ground Zero events!!!
Saturday, May 9th - An all day event under the theme �Ae�End the New Nuclear Arms Race! Our children deserve better!" Prepare for Mothers Day by joining us as we gather to send a positive message that a nuclear weapons-free world is not only possible, but absolutely necessary for the sake of the Earth, our children and future generations. More details soon.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 8 - 10. Join us for our annual weekend event commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and saying NEVER AGAIN!!! It will be a rich weekend of fellowship, education, nonviolence training, music, a vigil at the Kitsap Mall, and of course a nonviolent direct action at the Bangor Trident base early Monday morning. More details to come.
Besides posting the details of these events on the GZ calendar once the website is back up and running, I will have all of the information posted also at the Puget Sound Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Local Events Calendar at psnukefree.org.
Finally, please check out the web page for the Global Wave. It is a simple, yet important, gesture that any number of people can do. I invite you to get some people together, Wave Goodbye to Nuclear Weapons, and take a photograph of your event. All the information on where to send it is at the Global Wave page.
Well, that's all for now. I'm just about to head out to take the subway, grab a slice of New York style pizza, and get this show rolling.
Serious about Abolition,
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