Stop Bechtel - Regional Convergence

Starting Date: 08-06-2006
Ending Date: 08-09-2006
Address

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Description
Friday, August 4
Book Talk and Discussion with Antonia Juhasz, author and Bechtel scholar. 7pm - 9pm. Barnes & Noble Bookstore. 1723 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill.

Saturday, August 5
Teach-In: Bechtel and the Military-Industrial Complex. 1-3:30pm. Friends Meeting House. 4836 Ellsworth Ave. in Oakland. Featuring Antonia Juhasz and other scholar-activists involved with the anti-nuclear, anti-war and global justice movements.
Poster/Art Making and Civil Disobedience Training & Orientation. 4-6pm. Friends Meeting House.

Sunday, August 6
Festival at West Miffin Park. 1pm. Pavillion #4, West Mifflin Park (off Bettis Rd.). A festival of remembrance and resistance, featuring a picnic/potluck with music, speakers, booths and more. Free shuttle buses leave from CMU’s Morewood Gardens Parking lot starting at 12:30pm and returning after the festival and march.
March to Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. 3:30pm. Starting at West Mifflin Park (off Bettis Rd.). Following the one-mile march to the main gate at Bettis, there will be an optional, participatory “Shadow Project” followed by an overnight vigil. A separate civil disobedience action is also planned.
For complete details as well as an updated list of events visit Pittsburgh.August6.org .

LOGISTICS
Housing for out of town guests is available. Please email housing@august6.org and tell us what you need.
Tabling space for the Sunday festival is also available. Email festival@august6.org.
Directions to the Friends Meeting House, CMU's Morewood Gardens and West Mifflin Park are available at Pittsburgh.August6.org . 
Consider bringing food and beverages to the picnic on Sunday!
Donate online or send checks to Thomas Merton Center - August 6, 5125 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224.

WHO WE ARE

This regional convergence is being organized by the Pittsburgh August 6 Committee, an ad-hoc coalition of groups and individuals who have come together to organize an anti-war, anti-nuke and global justice convergence on the anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The convening groups are as follows:

    Abolition 2000 W PA Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
    American Friends Service Committee Pittsburgh
    CodePink Pittsburgh
    Duncan and Porter House of Hospitality
    Physicians for Social Responsibility (Pittsburgh)
    Roots of Promise
    Rosenberg Institute for Peace and Justice
    School of the Americas Watch of Western PA
    Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee
    Womens League for International Peace and Freedom (PIttsburgh)

WHY BECHTEL?

Bechtel, one of the richest private corporations, helps develop nuclear weapons, pushed for war with Iraq, and has created ecological and economic havoc in countries across the globe. Bechtel "connects the dots" for the anti-war, anti-nuke and global justice movements: Through its sordid corporate history and 100 years of revolving-door relationships with government, Bechtel illustrates the connections between profiteering and war, between nuclear power and nuclear weapons proliferation, between "free trade" and the exploitation of indigenous peoples, and between corporate power-brokers and decision-makers at the highest levels of government.

The focus of the Three River's August protest is the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, a joint Navy and Department of Energy facility located in West Mifflin for which Bechtel has a $4.2 billion dollar contract to operate.  From developing reactors for the first ballistic missile submarine, the first commercial nuclear power plant, and the next generation of aircraft carriers, Bettis "exists to support this nation's capability to deploy and maintain a modern nuclear navy."

The United States is the ONLY country that has used nuclear weapons in war. As the war continues in Iraq, and as the Bush Administration foments a nuclear crisis in Iran at the same time it pushes for more nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons here at home, we must say NO to nukes, NO to wars, NO to profiteers.
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