The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan seventy years ago today. The Bay Area continues to play a central role in our nation’s nuclear shame. Smack in the middle of a residential area, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory dedicates more than 85 percent of its budget to nuclear weapons development. The lab’s legacy includes poisoned soil, water and workers.
It may seem hard to believe, as we drive by on our way to work, on our way to Target. Not everyone is driving by. For more than thirty years, a movement of savvy, commitment advocates has been taking on the nuclear weapons complex, racking up victories for democracy, for security and our region. We owe much to TriValley CAREs (Communities Against Radiation) and to their many affiliates and supporters.
This morning, on the anniversary of the dropping of the bombs, they gather before the gates of the lab in Livermore, along with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Learn more about the lab’s legacy and very current reality and the people who watchdog an industry that has no purpose, that weakens our security and diverts money from our real needs. Here is a look at TriValley CAREs: