Protesting California’s Nuclear Bomb Shop

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Your tax dollars at work – Livermore Lab’s website graphic.

Nuclear Weapons “Stockpile Stewardship” –
Gearing Up for Global Destruction

Founded by the University of California, Berkeley in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California is mainly funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  It is managed and operated by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), a partnership of the University of California, Bechtel, BWX Technologies, AECOM, and Battelle Memorial Institute in affiliation with the Texas A&M University System.

According to its website, “Our mission is to make the world a safer place. We lead the nation in stockpile science and deliver solutions for the nation’s most challenging security problems.” 

Behind the PR rhetoric, it is in fact a key hub in the extensive US national weapons development complex, and an epicenter of the new global nuclear arms race triggered by America’s bellicose ‘nuclear posture’ under the Trump Administration.

Every year, on the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that began the Nuclear Age in 1945, Tri-Valley CAREs and a consortium of other citizens’ organizations organize a commemoration in opposition to what former war-planner turned whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has dubbed America’s ‘Doomsday Machine.’

Here is EON’s video report on this year’s commemoration rally, march and non-violent protest action.

Welcome by Andrew Kodama and Julia Malakiman

Andrew Kodama and Julia Malakiman are co-emcees. They represent the fresh, dynamic leadership of young adults in the peace movement. Kodama is an educator, artist, and organizer born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. After working for the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center for two years doing community outreach he recently transitioned into the role of Executive Director in June. Malakiman returns to the Bay Area after completing graduate studies in France in Human Rights. She leads the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center in Palo Alto. As Director, she amplifies youth and minority voices while honing in on the grassroots success that local activists before her have fought for and achieved.

Marylia Kelley addresses Livermore Lab’s role in promoting a new, destabilizing global arms race. She is Executive Director at the Livermore-based Tri-Valley CAREs and brings 36 years of research, writing and facilitating public participation in decisions regarding the Lab and the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. Kelley has testified before the House Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Congress, the California Legislature and the National Academy of Sciences, among other deliberative bodies. She has lived in Livermore since 1976. Kelley was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka

Nobuaki Hanaoka, the special guest speaker, was an infant when the bomb fell on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. His mother and sister died from illnesses linked to radiation poisoning and his brother died at age 39 from premature aging associated with fallout from the bomb. Rev. Hanaoka is a retired minister in the United Methodist Church, who came to the U.S. following seminary training in Japan. He has settled in the Bay Area where he speaks, writes and teaches on topics of peace and human rights. Rev. Hanaoka will present the “Hibakusha Appeal” and solicit signatures from participants.

Rafael Jesús González

Rafael Jesús González offers poetry and insight into the movement for nuclear disarmament. He is the City of Berkeley’s first Poet Laureate and an organizer of the 1983 International Day of Nuclear Disarmament. González has taught at the Univ. of Oregon, Western State College of Colorado, Central Washington State Univ., Univ. of Texas, and Laney College in Oakland, where he founded the Department of Mexican and Latin-American Studies. His poetry and academic articles appear in reviews and anthologies in the U. S., Mexico, and abroad. In 2013 he received the César E. Chávez Lifetime Award. The City of Berkeley honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin

Dr. Sharat G. Lin speaks on current nuclear flashpoints. He is a research fellow and past President of the San José Peace and Justice Center. Lin writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, social movements, and public health. Last August he delivered an apology from the American people to the Japanese people for the U.S. atomic bombings at mass rallies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A medical radiation scientist by training, Lin has connections to the nuclear energy programs in Iran and India, providing him with inside knowledge of the decision-making behind those programs. His insights on the nuclear calculations of Iran and North Korea are reinforced by personal visits to these countries, and provide a vision for denuclearization.

Daniel Ellsberg on the New Nuclear Arms Race

Daniel Ellsberg – the keynote speaker. He is perhaps best known as the whistleblower who released “The Pentagon Papers” to hasten an end to the war in Vietnam. He was an analyst at RAND Corp. and a consultant to the Defense Dept., specializing in problems of command and control of nuclear weapons, war plans and crisis decision-making. In 2017 Ellsberg released his critically acclaimed memoirs, “America’s Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.”


Roxanne speaks on divestment from nuclear weapons and war. She is a retired Judge who has worked and lived in Indian Country and seen firsthand the impacts of sacrifice zones created by the development of nuclear weapons. Roxanne first came into contact with nuclear issues in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, which moved her to pursue graduate studies in renewable energy alternatives to the pollution, destruction and terror that nuclear weapons inflict. Roxanne currently organizes with CODEPINK’s Divest From the War Machine campaign.

Call to Action – Phyllis Olin and Jackie Cabasso

Phyllis Olin and Jackie Cabasso, respectively Board Member and Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation give the call for non-violent action.

March & Non-Violent Action

Protesters march to the Livermore Lab gate commemorate the victims of US atomic bombs and risk arrest in opposition to the Labs nuclear weapons program.
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