January 22, 2021 — The Ban Treaty enters into force

OREPA celebrated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and served notice on the University of Tennessee and the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge that, as of January 22, 2021, nuclear weapons are illegal.

We started out in the morning at the University; UT President Randy Boyd announced in December that the university would partner with Texas A&M University to bid on the contract to manage the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex—and make the university a producer of weapons of mass destruction!

So we held a banner at the main entrance to UT, and we posted the Treaty outside the Administration building, Ayers Hall, and also at the Nuclear Engineering Building, where we left flyers.

And then we went to Oak Ridge, to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex where the US manufactures nuclear weapons components. Two dozen people came out despite the pandemic. We practiced safe distancing and wore masks. And we read a portion of the Treaty before we hung our banner and 122 Yellow Xs, one for each nation that voted to approve the Treaty.


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at orep@earthlink.net or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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