Calling all UC Students & Alumni: No More Nukes at Our University!

author: 
Julia T.

A new online campaign is up that utilizes the strategic power of students and alumni to demand a peaceful and sustainable University. Check it out to learn more about the issue, join up and network with others. Together we can send a powerful message to the University of California that tells them we will not be complicit with the nuclear weapons industry!
Background on University of California’s Nuclear Labs:

The University of California (UC) has managed the two oldest and largest nuclear weapons labs since their creation nearly 60 years ago. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been at the forefront of the research and design of all nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. University employees even created the bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Over the last five years, the UC has partnered with such multi-national corporations as Bechtel Group and BWXT to continue managing the labs as a limited liability corporation.

Five reasons the UC should sever ties to the labs:

* The UC is implicitly endorsing non-compliance with the UN Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by participating in the creation of new nuclear weapon technologies.

* The nuclear industry is notorious for its devastating environmental and health impacts.

* Nuclear weapons testing and waste disposal from the labs is a major factor in the ongoing genocide of Native American peoples today. The Nevada Test Site and the proposed waste disposal site at Yucca Mountain are both on Western Shoshone land.

* Bechtel Group, UC’s lab-management partner, has a long history of irresponsible environmental practices and human rights violations. Currently, they are one of the largest profiteers of the Iraq War.

* UC holds no real control over research directions or policy at the labs nor does the funding they receive from the Department of Energy go towards anything but the labs themselves. Their management is in name only and simply acts as a stamp of legitimacy for the nuclear weapons, military-industrial complex.

We will use our leverage with the UC by pledging to withhold post-graduate contributions until it severs ties to the labs.

Check it out here and JOIN THE “NO NUKES AT MY SCHOOL” CAMPAIGN now!!

http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/university-of-california-stop-contributing-to-nuclear-weapons

As students and alumni, we have the power to demand that our university STOP making new nukes, dumping toxic waste and partnering with corporations.

http://www.thepoint.com/campaigns/university-of-california-stop-contributing-to-nuclear-weapons


Re: Calling all UC Students & Alumni: No More Nukes at Our University!

author: 
Erich Kuerschner

Thank you Julia and UC students. Let's go further!

Thank you Julia and UC students.

In addition to making UC contributions contingent upon nuclear weapons abolition, how about making ALL contributions, whether to political candidates or to other worthwhile causes, contingent on nuclear weapons abolition?

And hopefully ALL UC students, alumni, and professors will heed Hans Bethe's call, in his 1995 open letter (on the anniversary of Hiroshima):

"I call on all scientists in all countries to cease and desist from work creating, developing, improving and manufacturing further nuclear weapons and, for that matter, other weapons of potential mass destruction such as chemical and biological weapons."

or as Paul Nitze, who gave us the cold war with his NSC-68, later recanted:

"The fact is, I see no compelling reason why we should not unilaterally get rid of nuclear weapons. To maintain them is costly and adds nothing to our security."
-- former arms control negotiator, Reagan administration, New York Times, October 29, 1999

These "gadgets" are not so much military weapons, as they are instruments of genocide, as high-tech super-sized Auschwitz's, to cremate the innocent and maintain power of empire over the oppressed. They survive only out of fear, their ability to exclude non-nuclear weapons adherents in the decision making process regarding their use (eg the dissolution of the NASA oversight committee)- the desire of an obsolete culture to preserve their welfare entitlement. While the reason for the Bethe-Szilard-Rotblat-Franck contingent's original development is understandable, it hindsight it was a mistake to build the gadget, to deploy the gadget, and certainly to continue with the gadget in any way.

Those working on such gadgets deserve to be ostracized from the society of the civilized, embargoed in any way we are able.

For a university not to adhere to the code "do no harm" is reprehensible, and disqualifies it as an institution capable of educating our young. As an alumni, I am ashamed of my graduate school (1971) and the current administration which gives us nukes and torture memos.