August 26, 2014
Hiroshima Commem Pic with Police 2014

Photo: James Heddle/EON

This year’s demonstration at the Lawrence Livermore lab marked the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and highlighted a suit filed by the Marshall Islands against the US and 8 other nuclear powers for violating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Approximately 100 people came to hear speakers and music, and a number of protestors were arrested (and subsequently released) for engaging in non-violent civil disobedience by blocking the lab’s entrance.

Dr. Bob Gould said that the rally addressed the ongoing central role of the Livermore Lab in the U.S. nuclear weapons program, which diverts billions of dollars from pressing health and social needs. In a video excerpt from the event, he spoke about how the Marshall Islands’ residents have been impacted by radioactive contamination and related problems resulting from nuclear detonations that led to the destruction of their homeland, and dislocation from their culture and livelihood. Dr. Gould said, “Marshall Islanders have done us a service by initiating a suit against the nuclear weapons states to stop this, not just for their legacy issues but for the rest of the world…I’m glad my grandchildren are here today. All of us have to talk to our families about this issue.” PSR has joined the suit to participate in this major initiative to raise public awareness about the failure of nuclear weapons states to work toward the speedy abolition of nuclear weapons, an explicit obligation of the NPT.

Coverage of Livermore Action

Thirty citations issued at annual Livermore lab ‘Failure to Disarm’ protest from Inside Bay Area.

KPFA evening news coverage of the event, including brief words from Dr. Gould (at 15:35 minutes).

View videos of rally speakers, including an interview with Dr. Bob Gould (at 13:40 minutes).