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Multiple Events Around Puget Sound for Peace and Nuclear Abolition this Week

Each D-5 missile costs approximately $60 million.

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(SEATTLE) - Three different events are happening this week to raise awareness and engage people to work for a peaceful and nuclear weapons-free world - the Interfaith Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free Future, the Peace Fleet and Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action's weekend comemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Interfaith Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free Future began in Eugene, Oregon on July 20th and visited many cities, including the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, along the way to its final destination, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action and the Bangor Trident submarine base. The Peace Walk is a committment to peace and a nuclear free future.  The walkers arrived in Tacoma today, and will continue their walk through Tacoma tomorrow (Tuesday) before heading for Des Moines, Seattle, and many other cities. Click here for more information on the walk and the schedule. For press contacts call Br. Gilberto Perez at (206) 419-7262

Local activists, known as the Peace Fleet, will stage a water-based nonviolent protest against the glorification of weapons of war at the Seattle Seafair festival on Wednesday, August 3rd. Peace activists will meet the U.S. Navy fleet in Elliott Bay.

Other peace activists will meet on land near Pier 66 on the Seattle waterfront at the same time for a nonviolent demonstration against weapons of war.

Among the Naval ships participating in the 1:45 Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay are an amphibious assault ship and two guided missile destroyers.  The Peace Fleet will set sail around noon, and the land based demonstration will begin around 1 pm.  For press contacts call Glen Milner (206) 365-7865 or Mary Gleysteen (360) 265-1589. On the day of the event call (206) 979-8319.

Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action holds its annual weekend event commemorating the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Sunday and Monday, August 7th and 8th.  The weekend includes education about nuclear weapons and the Trident system, nonviolence training, a vigil and leafleting at the Kitsap Mall, and culminates in a vigil and nonviolent direct action at the entrance gate to the Bangor Trident nuclear submarine base early Monday morning.The full schedule is available by clicking here. For press contacts call Leonard Eiger at (425) 445-2190

Each D-5 missile, deployed on Trident nuclear submarines at Bangor, carries up to 8 warheads, each with an explosive yield of up to 475 kilotons. Each D-5 missile costs approximately $60 million.  With at least 1000 nuclear warheads at Bangor, according to Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists, it is the largest concentration of operational nuclear weapons.

At a time when even the U.S. Conference of Mayors has called for abolishing nuclear weapons and redirecting funding away from war and towards the needs of cities, the U.S. government continues to direct funding into rebuilding the nuclear weapons research, development and manufacturing infrastructure, and is planning a new generation of ballistic missile submarines that would carry nuclear armed missiles until 2082.

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Dino August 2, 2011 12:47 pm (Pacific time)

I think they should produce more. We need a strong, secure America.

DJ: Here's an idea. The U.S. has thousands, even tens of thousands of nuclear weapons it will likely never use. I'm sure billions of dollars could be recouped if they were sold to other nations around the world that would like to buy them. Canada, for example, would probably buy a couple hundred so that, after the next election, the Conservatives could destroy those parts of the country that didn't vote conservative. Lots of oil rich middle-east countries would surely be a good potential market as well. Wake up America and put your entrepreneurial talents to work. 

April Scott August 1, 2011 3:27 pm (Pacific time)

Maybe if they limited the prodcution of these by 2-3 they could balance our budget instead of doing it on the backs of the poor!

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