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Weapons Inspections at Livermore Labs on Vets Day
by Robin Hood
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2002 9:44 PM
In celebration of Veteran's Day, veterans and others demanded to inspect for weapons of mass destruction at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- the UC managed facility where American nuclear (and biological?) weapons are designed & tested.
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Over 100 activists gathered on Veteran's Day at the West Gate to inform the authorities at Livermore that civilian weapons inspectors have the right to know what kind of activities (especially as relate to weapons of mass destruction) are taking place in their heavily-guarded nuclear bomb factory.

Participants came from such organizations as Tri Valley Cares, California Peace Action, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz (probably the biggest delegation in attendance), USF, Veterans for Peace, and numerous others (sorry I didn't make a list, I'm remembering off the top of my head).

There are more pics at:
http://www.ethicalarts.org/photo5.htm
§Part of the UCSC contingent.
by Robin Hood
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2002 9:45 PM
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§A little before the confrontation.
by Robin Hood
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2002 9:45 PM
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§A flower for the troops.
by Robin Hood
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2002 9:45 PM
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§Wearing a Bush Mask, saluting the troops.
by Robin Hood
Tuesday Nov 12th, 2002 9:47 PM
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by bov
Wednesday Nov 13th, 2002 12:43 PM
Thanks for covering and participating in this demo - too bad we didn't get larger numbers to be involved.

Why Cruella? I like it, although I don't get it. Lot's of other good ideas though.

Personally I think we need to also focus on stuff like organized boycotts. How could we affect the UC system? How could we affect defense contractors? How can we affect the media? For example, organizers for Green candidate Ted Glick in NJ came up with the idea of boycotting any advertisers of the TV station that was refusing to include Ted in the debates. That threat, along with an extended sit-in in Lautenberg's office, got them into the debate, last I heard.

Ideas are needed for diverse actions like boycotting and sit-ins, as much as for signs at protests - and it's amazing how creative and diverse and courageous signs have become in recent months.

Oh yeah, and I'll have to post some of my own beautiful old friends too - I'm sure no one would mind.
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