Saturday, November 11, 2017

50 Reasons Why You Need to Read NO NUDE SWIMMING - Introducing Robert Gottlieb

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1 PM to 3 PM Pacific Sunday 12 November 2017

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A retired attorney (mostly tired and quit), Robert Gottlieb maintained a private practice in Los Angeles and San Diego for a total of 36 years.

Robert Gottlieb

Robert began his general practice focusing primarily on business clients, and in the 1980s began representing insurance company clients. His career as a lawyer provides the backdrop of experience against which he has painted with a broad stroke the disillusionment and exhaustion that haunt the majority of attorneys practicing today.

Born in Los Angeles, Robert lived most of his early life in the San Fernando Valley. He attended public school and graduated from law school in Los Angeles.

Early in his days as a practicing attorney, Robert began making and saving notes involving situations with clients, prospective clients, courtroom proceedings, and the humorous and often absurd stories related to him by other attorneys. It didn’t take long to realize that the practice of law, like any other business, is about people much more than about the law itself.

In the mid- to late 1990s, Robert began to create narratives from hi notes. No Nude Swimming is his first novel.

The main character in his novel is attorney Sam Weisman. His wife wants a divorce, and his law practice is threatened by a hostile takeover. Pulled one way by two hilarious con artists who plan to steal his dreams, and another by his family and the real estate professional who's worked her way into his heart, Sam struggles to hold onto his sanity, his self-esteem, and the woman he loves. Grasping the end of his rope in one hand and the end of his rainbow in the other, he teeters between the abyss ... and the pot of gold!  

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[SDCPJ] Fwd: NEWS ADVISORY: San Diego Veterans For Peace to set up "Hometown Arlington West" on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11th, 2017



On Saturday, November 11th, 2017 (Veterans Day),  the San Diego Veterans For Peace will be setting up its respected "Hometown Arlington West Memorial" on the front lawn of the USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, near the corner of Broadway, in downtown San Diego. Chapter veterans from all five services will be honoring our 300+  fallen brothers and sisters from Southern California who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with special memorial markers. The public is asked to stop by, read their names, honor the ultimate sacrifice made by these local fallen veterans, and to reflect on the overall costs of these two ongoing wars.


Chapter members and friends of the San Diego Veterans For Peace, the local San Diego chapter of the national Veterans For Peace organization, an international 501-C-3 veterans educational organization.


Lawn in front of the USS Midway Museum, 910 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101


Veterans Day, November 11th, 2017 from 8 AM to 5 PM


Chapter members of all five military services will be staffing the Hometown Arlington West Memorial on this  Veterans Day, and encourage the public to stop by and honor our fallen brothers and sisters from Southern California, as we continue to reflect on the overall costs of war.

CONTACT: For information or interviews

David Barrows
Event Spokesperson  
San Diego Veterans For Peace

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Gilbert E. Field
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Join us on November 5! 

Trump and Mother Nature have been hard at work building our movement. Now it's time to do our part!  

Gather for live music and a rally at the San Diego Civic Center at 11 a.m., then march to the Federal Building and demand a safe climate for all. 

Full Details: 
  • When: Sunday November 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Rally: San Diego Civic Center Plaza at 3rd and "C" streets. There will be music by the Shaketown String Band and speakers will include retired Superior Court Judge Robert C. Coates, San Diego Sierra Club chair Ruben Arizmendi and other local climate leaders. 
  • March: From the Plaza to the Federal Building to post the pledge to mobilize and advise our elected officials of what is necessary: WWII-scale mobilization.
  • RSVP on Facebook and invite others!
Don't hesitate to get in touch, and don't forget to bring your family and friends! 

We are the ones we've been waiting for. See you on the streets! 

Derek & Nancy Casady & TCM San Diego 


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Silence Bullies supports educational programs for low-income, disadvantaged children, and ALL young people.
Bullying in Numbers:
Over 67% of students believe schools respond poorly to bullying.
71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims.
1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
168,000 school children miss school yearly due to bullying.

For Health and Safety Professionals: Bullying Prevention and Intervention
Health and safety professionals and volunteers are disturbed about the physical and psychosocial harm experienced by many youths as a result of bullying by their peers. Bullying among children is aggressive behavior that is persistent, intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take many forms such as: hitting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation through gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); and sending insulting messages by e-mail (cyberbullying). There is no one single cause of bullying among children. Rather, individual, family, peer, school, and community factors can place a young person at risk for bullying his or her peers.

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Bullying can be a sign of other serious antisocial and/or violent behavior. Youth who frequently bully their peers are more likely than others to:
·         Get into frequent fights
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·         Vandalize property
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·         Use illicit substances
·         Be truant from school
·         Drop out of school
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 On 30 November we will be treating veterans to a dinner in the Staples Center VIP ROOM!

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Misleading of America on the New Tax Plan

Democracy Now - Puerto Rico and Capitalism - Important Stories

Thursday, November 2, 2017

[SDCPJ] Fwd: November Events from the Ocean Beach Green Center

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November Events at the Ocean Beach Green Center

Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire Street, Ocean Beach 92107  619.225.1083


November 9th    Thursday,    7:00 p.m.      Film Night "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock" 

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota captured world attention through their peaceful resistance.  This documentary captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. This 2017 film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. Free Trailer at:


November 18th    Saturday    10:00 a.m.   Shade Tree Brigade    Join Save Peninsula Trees help green Ocean Beach and contribute to the city's goal of meeting our Climate Action Plan. We start at the Ocean Beach Green Center for coffee and bagels and a short briefing, then go out into our neighborhoods with information and materials to give to our neighbors about the good news that they can get free trees and free plantings from the city, just by agreeing to water them until they are established. Info:


November Events NOT at the Ocean Beach Green Center


Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.  Nov 4th, Nov 11th, Nov 18th, Nov 25th  Climate Mobilization Coalition Meeting   Ocean Beach People's Cooperative Community Room, 4765 Voltaire Street - Second Floor.  Come help plan for the upcoming Climate Action November 5th.  Contact:


November 3rd   Friday   8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.     Women Occupy  host "Homelessness is to San Diego as Unsafe Water is to Flint MI"  1122 Broadway, downtown.  Please Join Us in front of the San Diego Housing Commission, and if able, go inside for the meeting with us to speak on this Agenda Item, or cede your time to one of our designated Speakers.


November 4th Saturday   6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   Be the Change in a Messed up World: Talk w/ Rob Greenfield Trilogy Sancturary, 7650 Girard Ave. Ste 400, La Jolla, 92037.  World renowned environmentalist, creator of Food Waste Fiasco and author of Dude Making a Difference, Rob will share how we can also BE THE CHANGE, leading the way to a more sustainable and just world!


November 4th Saturday  12:00 p.m.   1st Saturdays - Help the Homeless 339 W A St., 92101


November 4th Saturday 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.    Border Angels Anniversary Dinner Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave, 92114.  Border Angels is hosting our annual awards dinner dedicated to showcasing the work that we have done over the past year. An inspiring evening featuring honorees Michael Pancer, Esq., Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Mexican Ambassador Geronimo Gutierrez.


November 5th  Sunday 11:00 a.m.  Abolish Fossil Fuels Rally   City Hall Plaza 1200 Third Ave, downtown. Join the San Diego Climate Mobilization Coalition for Music and Speakers!  We all know, CO2 is disrupting the climate and threatening humans with extinction.  The answer is to construct a new American Energy System based on Wind, Water and Solar Energy to replace our present Fossil Fuel (coal, oil and gas) energy system.  More info.


November 7th  6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Panel and Discussion:  How Community Planning Groups can support the Climate Action Plan   The Alexandria at Torrey Pines, 92121.   Join Circulate San Diego and our partners discuss the important role Community Planning Groups have in San Diego's land use and transportation decisions.  Panelists will speak on the ways that current and potential members of Community Planning Groups can contribute to climate change mitigation.


November 9th Thursday   6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.     SURJ SD Presents: The Criminal Justice System: A Panel Discussion Conference Rooms E & F of the Joan B Kroc School for Peace Studies at USD5998 Alcala Park, 92110.  Showing Up For Racial Justice San Diego presents a Panel Discussion with Geneviéve Jones-Wright and Marc Kohnen."


November 10th   Friday 6:30 p.m.   Sierra Club's film night  "From The Ashes"   8304 Clairmont Mesa Boulevard #101, 92111. This powerful documentary explores the experiences of Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be. From Appalachia and the horrors of mountain-top removal to strip mines and polluted lands in the Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, our climate, and the health of our people. More info:  Jean Costa 619-463-0721 or


November 12th Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    Little Free Garden Day in Ocean Beach   Join us for planting a handful of Little Free Gardens. You've all probably seen a Little Free Library, well Little Free Gardens are the same concept, except for growing food, instead of reading books. A Little Free Garden is a garden that anyone can harvest food from. They are placed with easy access to the public such as in a front yard next to the sidewalk, or on the media between the sidewalk and street.


November 15th Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.     From San Diego to Tatooine -The Future of Water Technology SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, 92117.   Panel discussion on trends, innovations and how the water technology sector is moving forward


November 18th Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    All Day Soil Shindig  Wildwillow Farm, located in the Tijuana Estuary just 15 minutes south of downtown. You're invited to a day of learning, discovering, creating, connecting, and experiencing the key role soils play in our daily lives. Explore two unique soil-supporting operations -- a community garden and an educational farm


November 18th   11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.    South Bay Sustainability Fair 901 National City Blvd., National City91950.  This free public event will host non-profits, government agencies, vendors, and related organizations promoting programs, products, and services that support sustainability.


November 30th Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Smart Cities  Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Ave, Chula Vista, 91910.  Cities have to address multiple challenges such as population growth and climate change, while staying competitive and providing opportunities for economic growth and healthy places to live for its citizens. The City of Chula Vista is aiming to make the most of opportunities ahead by connecting the needs of its citizen with technologic solutions available. This is why the City of Chula Vista has recently adopted a new Smart cities plan. But what does that mean for its residents, business owners and visitors? Join us for a lunch conversation with experts from Chula Vista, San Francisco, and Vancouver to discuss how locally, regionally and globally Cities:  Free


Many more events going on in the Resistance movement. You can sign up to get the Progressive Weekly Calendar through San Diego Free Press More info:

New events are always happening....please check for updates to the event list


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[SDCPJ] Fwd: Sunflower Newsletter: November 2017

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Issue #244 - November 2017

Help us sustain the movement for peace and Nuclear Zero. Shop at our online store, choose NAPF as your charity of choice when checking out at, or ask your employer whether they can match your tax-deductible donation to NAPF. Please make a meaningful donation today and honor someone special in your life.

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  • Perspectives
    • Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN's Nuclear Weapon Ban Is Spot On by David Krieger
    • The Nuclear Dreams of President Donald Trump: Nightmares Past and Present by Rebecca Gordon
    • Rethinking the Three Rs by Brooke Takala
  • U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy
    • NATO Nuclear Weapon Exercises Take Place in Europe
    • Vice President Visits Nuclear Weapons Base
  • Nuclear Disarmament
    • Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor and NAPF Advisor, to Jointly Accept Nobel Peace Prize
    • Nobel Foundation Stops Investing in Nuclear Weapon Producers
  • War and Peace
    • President Trump Refuses to Certify Iran's Compliance with Nuclear Deal
    • Trump to Visit Asia in Early November
  • Nuclear Insanity
    • British Nuclear Submarine Crew Members Fired After Cocaine-Fueled Parties
    • Head of U.S. Nuclear Safety Agency Urges Trump to Abolish It
  • Nuclear "Modernization"
    • Congressional Budget Office Increases U.S. "Modernization" Cost Estimate
    • Video Shows Illegal Dumping of Toxic Liquid at Hanford
  • Resources
    • This Month in Nuclear Threat History
    • The Doomsday Machine: New Book by NAPF Distinguished Fellow Daniel Ellsberg
    • Study War No More
    • Sleepwalking to Armageddon
  • Foundation Activities
    • NAPF Brings Message of Peace to Middle School
    • Evening for Peace: A Prescription for a Nuclear-Free World
    • Rick Wayman to Participate in Vatican Nuclear Disarmament Conference
    • New Peace Poetry Book Now Available
  • Take Action
    • Cards for Humanity
    • Sign the People's Peace Treaty with North Korea
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Nobel Peace Prize for ICAN's Nuclear Weapon Ban Is Spot On

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize does not go to a politician or political leader. In fact, it does not single out any individual. Rather, it goes to a campaign, the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), composed of more than 450 civil society organizations in some 100 countries around the globe. It goes to a broad base of civil society organizations working in coalition to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

In this sense, the award goes to the extraordinary people ("We, the People…") throughout the world who have stepped up to end the threat to all humanity posed by the nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons still remaining on the planet.

To read the full article at The Hill, click here.

The Nuclear Dreams of President Donald Trump: Nightmares Past and Present

Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now.

Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us — especially the people of Asia — ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn't yet developed the missiles to deliver a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland, it certainly has the capacity to reach closer targets, including South Korea and Japan.

But what can ordinary people do about it? Our fingers are far removed from the levers of power, while the tiny digits of the man occupying the "adult day care center" we call the White House hover dangerously close to what people my age used to call "the Button." Nevertheless, I think there may still be time to put our collective foot on the brakes, beginning with the promise of a bill currently languishing in Congress.

To read more, click here.

Rethinking the Three Rs

Until quite recently, 'the 3 Rs' simply meant reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic. One could very well get by with basic competencies in literacy and math.

The shift we see through acceptance of a total and legally binding ban on nuclear weapons is, at its core, an ideological and philosophical one. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is a milestone in the ongoing reframing of global security concepts. While some may see the ban treaty as a stand against nuclear weapons states, we can also understand the action as taking a stand for peace by legally de-legitimizing weapons of mass destruction.

However, reframing is directly linked to access to knowledge. The less we know, the less we question what is acceptable. The more we know the more action we are likely to take when the human consequences of the nuclear cycle are recognized. Hence, the 3 Rs of Human Security embedded in the nuclear ban treaty: Recognition, Restitution, and Remediation.

To read more, click here.

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy

NATO Nuclear Weapons Exercises Take Place in Europe

On October 16, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) began its annual nuclear weapons exercises. The "Steadfast Noon" exercises took place at two bases where the United States deploys nuclear weapons: Kleine Brogel in Belgium and Büchel in Germany.

The U.S. currently deploys approximately 180 nuclear weapons in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey.

Julian E. Barnes, "NATO Launches Its Main Nuclear Drill, Showcasing Its Defenses," Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2017.

Vice President Visits Nuclear Weapons Base

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on October 27, telling the airmen to "stay sharp" and "be ready" in the face of what he called an increasing threat from North Korea. Minot AFB hosts 26 B-52 nuclear-armed bomber aircraft and commands 150 Minuteman III nuclear-armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

The U.S. nuclear weapons at Minot AFB alone are capable of indiscriminately killing hundreds of millions of people. Despite this, Pence said, "There's no greater element of American strength, there's no greater force for peace in the world than the United States nuclear arsenal."

Julia Manchester, "Pence to Military on North Korea: 'Be Ready'," The Hill, October 28, 2017.

Nuclear Disarmament

Setsuko Thurlow, Hiroshima Survivor and NAPF Advisor, to Jointly Accept Nobel Peace Prize

Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 years old when she survived the United States' atomic bombing of Hiroshima, will jointly accept the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 with Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Thurlow said, "Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are living witnesses to the horror of nuclear war. They have played a central role in ICAN. World leaders must heed their call for a nuclear-weapon-free future."

Setsuko Thurlow has dedicated her life to campaigning for the abolition of nuclear weapons. In 2015, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation gave her its Distinguished Peace Leadership Award, and she has continued her involvement with NAPF as a member of the Advisory Council.

"Atomic Bomb Survivor to Jointly Accept Nobel Peace Prize on ICAN's Behalf," International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, October 26, 2017.

Nobel Foundation Stops Investing in Nuclear Weapon Producers

Just weeks after awarding the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the Nobel Foundation has announced that it is implementing a policy to no longer invest in companies that are involved in the production of nuclear weapons.

"One can discuss that we should have done that earlier, but we sharpened our standards in March and we are now following through with it," said Nobel Foundation director Lars Heikensten. "At the latest, by March next year we will have no investment in anything that is connected with any kind of production which is classified as connected with nuclear weapons," he said.

"Nobel Prize Money Will No Longer be 'Invested" in Nuclear Weapons," Agence France Presse, October 27, 2017.

War and Peace

President Trump Refuses to Certify Iran's Compliance with Nuclear Deal

U.S. President Donald Trump refused to certify that Iran is acting in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Congress requires that the U.S. President certify Iran's compliance every 90 days. By refusing to certify, Trump has set the stage for Congress to re-impose economic sanctions against Iran, which would put the U.S. in violation of the deal.

"President Trump's rejection of the JCPOA is an incitement to proliferation, makes achieving further agreements to rein in the nuclear threat more difficult, and increases global risk of nuclear use," the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) said in a statement.

"Nobel Peace Laureates Denounce Trump's Iran Move," Agence France Presse, October 13, 2017.

Trump to Visit Asia in Early November

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit several Asian countries in early November. He is scheduled to visit China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan, and South Korea over a one-week period. President Trump has chosen not to visit the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

The U.S. has continued to prepare for war with North Korea. According to Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, "The U.S. has sent three nuclear aircraft carriers to be docked on the Korean Peninsula. They have been conducting very provocative joint war exercises with South Korea, including Navy SEALs that took out Osama bin Laden. They do include the decapitation strikes. And so, it's one thing to say, 'We don't want war with North Korea,' and another to actually be laying the grounds for that."

"Trump Admin Continues Threats and Provocations Against North Korea, Laying Groundwork for Nuclear War," Democracy Now, October 30, 2017.

Nuclear Insanity

British Nuclear Submarine Crew Members Fired After Cocaine-Fueled Parties

Numerous sailors from the British Royal Navy's nuclear-armed submarine HMS Vigilant have been fired after testing positive for cocaine. While the submarine was docked in Kings Bay, Georgia, to pick up nuclear weapons, sailors reportedly had out-of-control parties at a local hotel.

The incident occurred in September at a time of heightened nuclear tensions, when U.S. President Donald Trump threatened at the United Nations to "totally destroy" North Korea, and Kim Jong-un called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who will "pay dearly" for his UN speech.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr., "Nuclear Sub Sailors Fired After 'Absolutely Disgraceful' Parties with a Prostitute and Cocaine," Washington Post, October 28, 2017.

Head of Nuclear Safety Agency Urges Trump to Abolish It

Sean Sullivan, chairman of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), told the director of the Office of Management and Budget in a private letter that closing or shrinking the panel he chairs is consistent with President Trump's ambition to cut the size of the federal workforce. DNFSB, chartered by Congress, has helped persuade the federal government to impose tighter safety rules and regulations at most of the eight nuclear weapons sites — employing more than 40,000 workers — where nuclear weapons and their parts are produced or stored.

Patrick Malone, "GOP Chair of Nuclear Safety Agency Secretly Urges Trump to Abolish It," Center for Public Integrity, October 19, 2017.

Nuclear "Modernization"

Congressional Budget Office Increases U.S. "Modernization" Cost Estimate

On October 31, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report that increases the estimated 30-year cost of "modernizing" the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities to $1.24 trillion. The CBO report examines some options to eliminate some of the costs or delay them.

This estimate is $242 billion higher than the already-outrageous $1 trillion figure that has been widely cited since the Obama administration began its plans for a 30-year nuclear weapons spending binge.

"Approaches for Managing the Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2017 to 2046," Congressional Budget Office, October 31, 2017.

Video Shows Illegal Dumping of Toxic Liquid at Hanford

Video taken in August 2017 shows contractors at the Hanford Site in Washington State illegally dumping rainwater from large metal containers containing radioactive waste. Hanford, which is the most contaminated site in the Western Hemisphere, was used primarily to produce plutonium for U.S. nuclear weapons from the mid-1940s to the mid-1980s.

The workers dumping this liquid were employed by Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), a private contractor managing tens of millions of gallons of highly-radioactive waste at Hanford. WRPS officials have denied that they did anything wrong. However, state Representative Gerry Pollet said, "Of course it's illegal to dump any liquid waste. This is the kind of thing that caused Hanford to be the most contaminated place in the Western Hemisphere in the first place. I am shocked to see something like this in 2017. It's outrageous."

Despite the United States' inability to properly deal with the huge amount of radioactive waste it has created through decades of past nuclear weapons development, the Trump administration has indicated that it favors renewed production of nuclear weapons and components.

Susannah Frame, "Video Shows Illegal Dumping of Toxic Liquids at Hanford," KING 5, October 27, 2017.


This Month in Nuclear Threat History

History chronicles many instances when humans have been threatened by nuclear weapons. In this article, Jeffrey Mason outlines some of the threats that have taken place in the month of November, including the November 28, 1993 arrest of a group of Russians who attempted to sell 4.5 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium to undercover buyers.

To read Mason's full article, click here.

For more information on the history of the Nuclear Age, visit NAPF's Nuclear Files website.

The Doomsday Machine: New Book by NAPF Distinguished Fellow Daniel Ellsberg

The Doomsday Machine, a new book by NAPF Fellow Daniel Ellsberg, is now available for pre-order. It will be released on December 5. Ellsberg, the legendary whistleblower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, was a presidential advisor and nuclear strategist. The Doomsday Machine is Ellsberg's hair-raising account of the most dangerous arms build-up in the history of civilization, whose legacy - and proposed renewal under the Trump administration - threatens the very survival of humanity.

To pre-order the book from Amazon, click here.

Study War No More

Join the Global Campaign for Peace Education and World Beyond War in this timely discussion on "Debunking the Myths of War" by participating in discussion 3 of the online study guide Study War No More. This discussion features an introductory video by Study and Action Partner Paul K. Chappell, the Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

The goals and objectives of this discussion are to identify, reflect and analyze assumptions of war, violence and conflict.

Study War No More provides guided inquiries and suggests practical actions for students and citizens to understand the nature of "the war system" and the possibilities for its transformation to an authentic "global security system" pursued via peaceful means.

Click here to learn more and participate.

Sleepwalking to Armageddon

A new book edited by Dr. Helen Caldicott, Sleepwalking to Armageddon, is now available. For this book, Dr. Caldicott assembled some of the world's leading nuclear scientists and thought leaders to assess the scientific and political dimensions of the threat of nuclear war today. NAPF President David Krieger wrote a chapter for the book. It also includes a chapter by NAPF Advisory Council member Noam Chomsky.

Click here to order a copy of the book.

Foundation Activities

NAPF Brings Message of Peace to Middle School

NAPF Peace Leadership Director Paul K. Chappell has partnered with the Santa Barbara Middle School for a six-month peace education effort. The partnership is part of NAPF's newly-launched Peace Literacy Initiative, in which Chappell worked with a team of educators around the United States and Canada to develop free curriculum for grades 4-12 and college.

Whitney Ingersoll, director of admission at Santa Barbara Middle School, said, "He speaks from the heart, and his message speaks to archetypal mindsets of what it means to be human. He clearly explained how we can better understand ourselves and others, in order to communicate and live more peacefully, inside and out."

Over the next few months, Paul will conduct workshops with students, teachers, and parents at the school. The school's intent is to foster a more peaceful and compassionate way to be in the world within oneself, at home, and as a school community.

To read more about this initiative, click here.

Evening for Peace: A Prescription for a Nuclear-Free World

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation's 34th Annual Evening for Peace took place on October 22, in Santa Barbara, California. The theme of this year's event was "A Prescription for a Nuclear-Free World." The Foundation honored Dr. Ira Helfand and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War with its Distinguished Peace Leadership Award.

Audio, video, and a written transcript of Dr. Helfand's chilling and inspiring acceptance speech are available here to download from our Evening for Peace page. Photos will be available soon.

Rick Wayman to Participate in Vatican Nuclear Disarmament Conference

Rick Wayman, NAPF's Director of Programs, will participate in a nuclear disarmament conference at the Vatican on November 10-11. The conference, entitled "Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament," will feature an audience with Pope Francis, as well as talks by UN Secretary-General António Guterres and many Nobel Peace Laureates.

Information on conference outcomes will be published in the December issue of The Sunflower.

New Peace Poetry Book Now Available

Portraits: Peacemakers, Warmongers and People Between is a new book of original peace poetry by NAPF President David Krieger. Commenting on the new book, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, "Poetry that awakens our deepest humanity. Each poem leaves me wanting another."

To order a copy of this new book, click here.

Take Action

Cards for Humanity

S.200, a bill currently before the senate, calls for restrictions on the President's ability to use nuclear weapons first.

Buy a $1 postcard as part of our Cards for Humanity campaign and we will send it to the Senator of your choice. We'll sign your name on the postcard, stamp it, and mail it to your Senator's office in DC.

Click here to view the postcard and choose your Senators.

Sign the People's Peace Treaty with North Korea

Alarmed by the threat of a nuclear war between the U.S. and North Korea, concerned U.S. peace groups, including the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, have come together to send an open message to Washington and Pyongyang that we are strongly opposed to any resumption of the horrific Korean War. What we want is a peace treaty to finally end the lingering Korean War!

Inspired by the Vietnam-era People's Peace Treaty, we have initiated a People's Peace Treaty with North Korea, to raise awareness about the past U.S. policy toward North Korea, and to send a clear message that we, the people of the U.S., do not want another war with North Korea. This is not an actual treaty, but rather a declaration of peace from the people of the United States.

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"Nuclear disarmament is not an option for governments to take up or ignore. It is a moral duty owed by them to their own citizens, and to humanity as a whole. We must not await another Hiroshima or Nagasaki before finally mustering the political will to banish these weapons from global arsenals."

-- Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This quote appears in the book Speaking of Peace: Quotations to Inspire Action. The revised 4th edition of this book has just been published. Order copies today in the NAPF Peace Store at a 25% discount.

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-- Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun who, together with Sr. Carol Gilbert, returned to a Minuteman III ICBM silo, 15 years after their arrest there, to deliver a copy of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

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-- Rev. Dr. William Barber, a leader of the new Poor People's Campaign, a non-violent movement to end systemic racism, poverty, militarism, environmental destruction and related injustices, and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society.

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