Friday, June 17, 2011

26 Years Ago We Made North Newton (KS) a Nuclear Free Zone; in 2011 We need to Keep other cities, like Kansas City, Nuclear Free

26 Years Ago We Made North Newton (KS) a Nuclear Free Zone; in 2011 We need to Keep other cities, like Kansas City, Nuclear Free!




26 Years Ago, I was part of a coalition which made our town of North Newton (Kansas) a Nuclear Free Zone; in 2011 we need to Keep other cities, like Kansas City, Nuclear Free! Here is a must-read letter from Ploughshares.–KAS


Dear Kevin,
Kansas City Peace Planters in Action

The Kansas City Peace Planters, a coalition of citizens’ groups led by Ploughshares Fund grantee Kansas City Physicians for Social Responsibility, is working tirelessly to keep a proposed nuclear weapons plant from being built in their city.

http://www.change.org/petitions/june-16-vote-tell-kansas-city-council-get-city-out-of-building-new-nuke-weapons

There is no need for a new plant to produce parts for nuclear bombs. Instead, the community is proposing alternatives – like new energy technologies and manufacturing – to bring sustainable, not destructive, jobs to Kansas City.

But they need your help – with a City Council vote coming up this Thursday, your voice can make the difference now. Please sign the petition to keep a dangerous and toxic plant out of the Kansas City community. Show Kansas City’s elected leaders that their citizens have broad support across the nation.

Over 150 people have already died and more are sick from working at the nation’s leading manufacturer of nuclear weapons parts in Kansas City. Now Honeywell, the operator for the plant, and the National Nuclear Security Administration want to rebuild and expand the existing plant, without cleaning up the old one. This would represent the first newly constructed weapons plant in over 30 years – a major step backwards on the road to a nuclear weapon-free world.

The Kansas City Peace Planters believe the people have a right to reject the plant and fight for clean, green jobs. They’ve gathered over 5,000 signatures asking the City Council to convert the plant into a renewable energy facility. Help give Kansas City the option for a nuclear-free future and sign the petition.

Thank you for all you do to help us rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Paul Carroll
Program Director
Ploughshares Fund

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