“Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement”
It is no secret that New Mexico has been and continues to be greatly impacted by every link of the nuclear fuel chain. The Nuclear Issues Study Group (NISG), founded in 2016, is a grassroots organization run entirely by volunteers and is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We meet regularly and our membership comes from local New Mexico communities, including: organizers, young people, indigenous peoples, people of color, the LGBTQ community, students, artists, activists, and people who care about our water, lands, air, and public health. We work on several projects, as well as support local, statewide, and national campaigns to protect New Mexico from all things nuclear.
As part of this effort, we are organizing a symposium titled "Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement". The entire symposium is free and open to the public and will take place from Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at the Hibben Center on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.
From uranium mining and enrichment to weapons production and nuclear waste storage, we are quite literally in the “belly of the beast”. In order to make information accessible and to get others involved, we will have several presentations, panel discussions, and information tables focusing on all these topics. We are inviting speakers from all over New Mexico and the country to share their stories, their work, and how we can take action to protect our environment and our communities!
On Friday evening, we will have an Art Opening reception for a special exhibit that will be on display in the lobby of the Hibben Center during the symposium. On Saturday evening, we welcome musicians, poets, and filmmakers to take center stage highlighting how art is a necessary part of every movement. Together, both evenings comprise our two-part event we call: Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry.
In order to make this event a success, we are calling on you and our extended community to make a monetary donation to assist with the expenses of our symposium. Our costs include: venue rental, speaker fees, travel, food & beverages, printing, and professional services. We are determined to minimize the expenses for this event by garnishing in-kind services and other donations, but still have quite a bit of funds to raise.
We invite you to take part in Dismantling the Nuclear Beast--a unique and timely event, and the first of its kind to take place in New Mexico!
The purpose of our symposium is as follows:
- To make information about nuclearism & nuclear colonialism accessible to the general public; this includes being intentional about avoiding the use of jargon, acronyms, and other forms of language (such as “Nukespeak”) that alienate rather than attract new people to the movement
- To help bridge gaps of knowledge between the different aspects of the nuclear chain, specifically those who work on uranium mining issues and those who work on issues of nuclear waste, transportation, weapons, and power
- To incorporate and have a solid space for Art, Music, Film, and Poetry in this movement
- To unite and promote solidarity in our struggles by bringing communities together in New Mexico, right here, in the “belly of the beast"
- To bring a new generation into the anti-nuclear movement
- To equip attendees with tools to act on their increased knowledge about nuclearism & nuclear colonialism in positive, concrete ways and to get involved locally & nationally
Our full program agenda is forthcoming and will be posted online at: .
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You may donate by check or money order payable to Nuclear Issues Study Group and mail or hand carry to the Indigenous Rights Center* mailbox, located inside the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice (SE corner of Harvard & Silver).
Indigenous Rights Center
202 Harvard Dr SE #5
Albuquerque, NM 87106
*The Indigenous Rights Center (IRC) is a tax-exempt organization.
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