April Anti-Nukes Events Calendar (4月の反核イベントカレンダー)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:15pm – Hiroshima Stories by Masaya Nemoto at San Francisco State University
Please join us for a screening and discussion exploring how Hiroshima survivors discover healing in the retelling of their stories and hope for peace. Guests: Masaya Nemoto, an ethnographic researcher from Hitotsubashi University studying atomic bomb survivors in Japan and the U.S.; and Kathy Sloane, photographer and producer of “Witness to Hiroshima,” a short film that captures a young soldier’s experience in Hiroshima through his vivid memories and watercolor paintings. Light refreshments served.
Location: J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121 Sponsor: Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture
Contact: Prof. Jon Funabiki Phone: 415 338-3162
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 7:00pm – Discussion with the Co-Author of Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
It is a discussion with the co-author of our new book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, the most authoritative expert analysis to date about exactly what happened in one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters of all time. The book offers an urgent reminder that more needs to be done here in the United States to prevent a similar disaster and to protect the millions of Americans who live near nuclear power plants. David’s talk will provide an overview of what happened at Fukushima three years ago and a summary of the still unfolding crisis. He’ll discuss the status of proposed changes in U.S. safety regulations in response to the disaster and address specific concerns about nuclear plants in your area. Location: Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618
Sponsor: The Union of Concerned Scientists Free admission, no RSVP required. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30pm – Nuclear Power: Meltdown or Revival? Discussion with the Co-Author of Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster
It is a discussion with the co-author of our new book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, the most authoritative expert analysis to date about exactly what happened in one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters of all time. The book offers an urgent reminder that more needs to be done here in the United States to prevent a similar disaster and to protect the millions of Americans who live near nuclear power plants. David’s talk will provide an overview of what happened at Fukushima three years ago and a summary of the still unfolding crisis. He’ll discuss the status of proposed changes in U.S. safety regulations in response to the disaster and address specific concerns about nuclear plants in your area. Want to continue the nuclear power debate? David will join other nuclear experts for a panel discussion, Nuclear Power: Meltdown or Revival?, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Location: The Commonwealth Club of California, SF Club Office, 595 Market St., 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94105
Sponsor: The Union of Concerned Scientists
Cost is $12 for Commonwealth Club members, $20 for non-members, and $7 for students.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 8pm – Film Screening “Atomic Mom” followed by Director MT Silvia’s Talk
Atomic Mom weaves an intimate portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship within an obscure – but important – moment in American history. As the only female scientist present during atomic detonations in the Nevada desert, Pauline Silvia, the filmmaker’s mother, undergoes a crisis of conscience. After a long silence and prompted by her daughter, she finally reveals grim secrets of working in the U.S. atomic testing program. Atomic Mom director M.T. Silvia will lead a Q&A following the film.
Location: 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
Sponsor: Rhythmix Cultural Works
Cost: suggested donation $5-12
Friday and Saturday, April 4th to 5th, 2014 at 9:30am-6:00pm Reframing 3.11: Cinema, Literature, and Media after Fukushima
Conference/Symposium: Center for Japanese Studies | April 4 – 5, 2014 every day | PFA Theater and 143 Dwinelle Hall Since March 11, 2011, images of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident served as markers that generated massive media attention and transformed our understanding of “disaster.” The symposium will explore how the cinema, literature and media of post-3/11 Japan reframe the images of disaster in order to create a new type of literacy about survival and precarity. What new vulnerabilities are made legible by the transpositions of historical trauma into the post-3/11 environment? What becomes of communities and individuals in times of catastrophe? What are the framing effects of media on the impact of the 3.11 disasters within and beyond Japan? Speakers: Atsushi Funahashi, Film Director; Akira Lippit, University of Southern California Panelist/Discussants: Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University; David Slater, Sophia University; Lisette Gebhardt, Goethe University; Masami Yuki, Kanazawa University; Jonathan Abel, Penn State University; Aaron Kerner, San Francisco State University; Mary Knighton, College of William and Mary; Ryan Cook, Harvard University Moderators: Daniel O’Neill, UC Berkeley; Pat Noonan, UC Berkeley; Alan Tansman, UC Berkeley; Miryam Sas, UC Berkeley; Angela Yiu, Sophia University; David Slater, Sophia University Location: PFA Theater and 143 Dwinelle Hall
Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) Event
Contact: email@example.com, 510-642-3415
Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7:30pm – Film Screening “Nuclear Nation (双葉から遠く離れて)” and director’s talk
Director Atsushi Funahashi follows nine months in the life of refugees from the Fukushima disaster in this compelling documentary. “Employing straightforward, music-free aesthetics that express the grim realities of his story, director Funahashi captures both grief and outrage in equal measure” (Village Voice). Atsushi Funahashi (Japan, 2012). Atsushi Funahashi and David Slater in conversation. An astute documentary about the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster and its continuing aftermath. (96 mins)
Location: Pacific Film Archives
Sponsor: UC Berkeley
Cost is $5-15 suggested donations
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 6pm : From Fukushima to the Four Corners: What you need to know about low level ionizing radiation, women, indigenous peoples, and you!
This presentation by one of our MamaBears AgainstNukes will be done by a PhD in history who has studied the history and science of the nuclear age for the last twenty years. All named health effects as well as health protection from exposure are backed by referenced sources. The presentation will include basic radiation history, effects on women and indigenous peoples around the world, and a look at other sea-side areas of the world, like Sellafield and Chernobyl, to see what long-term health effects are possible, especially for those living closest to the beach. We will examine the difference between the radiation harm model championed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), which promotes nuclear energy, and from which all national regulatory frameworks are derived, versus the independent model of radiation harm championed by the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR). What are the largest releases of ionising radiation so far in human history, and how many mortalities are expected to result from each? How can we protect ourselves from the lies or distortions of the nuclear industry (bananas, brazil nuts, X-rays, airplane flights and radon distractions)? How can we best protect ourselves and our families from the bioaccumulation of internalised radionuclildes, if at all? How do we maintain HOPE and its accompaniment, community action, in the face of Fukushima, the worst industrial accident in human history, which is now releasing between 400-17,000 tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, and is expected to go on doing so for at least the next 100 years? Are the nuclear authorities telling the truth when they say the radioactive Fukushima ocean plume now starting to hit the West Coast is nothing to worry about? (Forbes, March 16, 2014)?
Location: Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Sponsor: MamaBears AgainstNukes
Rideshare: Umi Hagitani firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 7pm : MAPP Remembering the 3yr Anniversary of Fukushima and Regeneration!
This MAPP is the dedicated to recognizing the 3 year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Japan. We stand in solidarity with the Japanese communities and global communities surviving and healing from this nuclear disaster.We also raise our voices in opposition to the continuing misuse of nuclear power and honor the activists, healers and plants working for regeneration and rebirth of our earth and oceans. Regeneration / Hopes healing and creation / no radiation
Location: 2754 Harrison St, San Francisco Sponsor: MAPP SF Cost is free
Contact: Junko Suzuki Parsons at email@example.com
Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 3:00pm : Monthly Anti-Nukes Rally at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
No Nukes Action Committee’s monthly anti-nukes rally at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. New location with narrower pedestrian road! Please wear something yellow, and your own banner. There will be a report back by a Peace walker against Nukes who walked to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant for the Third Anniversary of Fukushima. Location: 275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco Sponsor: No Nukes Action Committee
Contact: Chizu Hamada firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 12th, 2014 at 8:00am : Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks – #1 Pittsburg to Martinez
Join Idle No More SF Bay, Global Community Monitor, the Pittsburg Defense Council, the Martinez Environmental Group and the Sunflower Alliance for the first of 4 Healing Walks in the refinery corridor of the northeast San Francisco Bay. We are all being affected by the fossil fuel industry. Meet your Bay Area neighbors who are also being affected. Walk solo, in teams or in relay groups. Let us join together & educate one another. Pray for Mother Earth and the waters with each step. It is up to us to protect the future for the coming generations! Join us for one walk or all four between April and July, 2014. Rallies will be conducted at the beginning and end of each journey. Walk solo, in a group, or relay the walk with your friends. The first walk is about 15 miles. Water will be provided, please bring snacks. If possible, please make your own arrangements to get back to the starting point if your transportation is there. A shuttle will be available but it will take time to go back and forth. Sponsor: Idle No More SF Bay, Global Community Monitor, the Pittsburg Defense Council, the Martinez Environmental Group, and the Sunflower Alliance
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 at 6:30pm-9:00pm : Film screening and a potluck chat “Uranium: Is It A Country?”
In Europe nuclear energy is more and more often celebrated as saving the climate. Clearly, nuclear power plants need uranium.
The aim is to comprehensively illustrate the opportunities and risks posed by nuclear energy, whilst paying particular attention to uranium mining.
Australia has the world’s largest deposits of this resource. We will travel to the “land down under” to exemplify where uranium comes from, where it goes to and what is leftover from it.
There is plutonium (used mostly together with uranium) and thorium. And by now there is just one thorium nuclear reactor in India. (what concerns nuclear fusion, deuterium and tritium could be use, but this is just hypothetical).
By now the most used combustible for the nuclear energy production is uranium and the world has many problems and risks because of this. This film is about uranium and its use for the nuclear energy production. It doesn’t want to be comprehensive of everything concerning nuclear reactors. And it is a very good film, based on a accurate inquiry about uranium.
The Door opens at 6:30pm, the film will start from 7:30pm-ish depending on the day light!
Location: 737 Henry St, Oakland CA, 94607 (Nearest BART station is West Oakland)
Sponsor: Bad Seaweed Project
Contact: Umi Hagitani
Fee: A potluck dish or a small donation to help the space + project
Accessibility: this is not a wheel chair accessible space. Sorry!
Monday, April 14th, 2014, at 7-9am and 4-6pm: Pre-Outreach for April 15 Tax Day and the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS)
This is a great day of grassroots activity, education and pressure on the US Congress to Move the Money from the Pentagon to fund human needs and jobs. A day when all will be reminded that not all pay their fair share, as well! The US Congress and the President have been locked in cycles of brinkmanship over the federal budget priorities and deficits that have brought the vast and wasteful Pentagon budget into public scrutiny. The general public overwhelmingly supports cuts to military spending when shown the facts and the trade offs between human services and the Pentagon. There is a broad and growing movement of peace, community and economic justice groups pushing for new federal budget priorities. This makes GDAMS and Tax Day in the US a particularly auspicious occasion this year. We will stand with the rest of the world to bear witness to the fact that military spending, especially the impact of US military spending stands as the major obstacle to addressing the crisis problems all of our peoples face globally. Volunteers Needed! We will support passing out educational materials to the commuters at major BART stations with our local anti-nukes organizations!
Location: MacArthur BART Station
Sponsor: Tri-Valley CAREs, Western States Legal Foundation, No Nukes Action Committee
Contact: Umi Hagitani email@example.com
Friday, April 18, 2014 7am : Good Friday Action at Livermore Lab
On Good Friday, April 18, 2014 people of good will, including from all the world’s faith traditions, are invited to gather at the Livermore Laboratory at 7 AM. Come to the northwest corner of the nuclear weapons lab, at Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore, CA. This year, the keynote speaker will be Kathy Kelly. Kelly will talk about her experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan and, in particular, how war has exacerbated poverty and displacement in Afghanistan where she is currently located. The Good Friday program, still in the planning stages, will also feature liturgical dance by Carla De Sola, a welcome and update on nuclear issues by Tri-Valley CAREs and war and peace “stations of the cross” on the way to the Lab’s west gate, where those who choose will nonviolently risk arrest. Following the program at Livermore Lab on Good Friday, there will be an action at Lockheed Martin, the makers of nuclear missiles and drones, in Sunnyvale, CA between Noon and 2 PM. Join the Pacific Life Community and others for a reflection and nonviolent action. The theme will be “Who is crucified here?” Participants will gather at the corner of North Matilda and 5th Ave. and walk to the main gate.
Location: Livermore Lab, northwest corner of Vasco Road and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore, CA
Sponsor: Tri-Valley CAREs Contact: (925) 443-7148