This morning I joined a group of about 75 other activists to gather at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in commemoration of the 64th anniversary of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Livermore lab is one of two labs in the country responsible for designing every nuclear warhead in the US arsenal. Even though the event was held very early in the day in order for us to be visible to those going to work, it was good to see a group of dedicated and concerned people gathering to remember the victims of nuclear weapons.
Our two speakers were Executive Director Marylia Kelley of Tri-Valley CAREs and Andrew Lichterman, a policy analyst, lawyer, and board member of Western States Legal Foundation. After hearing some excellent remarks from both of them, we all marched to the gates of the Livermore lab, where we were greeted by a group of riot police. Together we called for an end to nuclear weapons globally and militarization, and a reinvestment in social and economic development. 19 activists were arrested as they took a stand and refused to move from in front of the gate. I’ve posted some photos from the event online here.