Oak Ridge to United Nations Journey Begins

Walkers, Bikers, Runners set out on Oak Ridge, Tennessee ““ New York City trek to Call Attention to US Weapons Plans on the eve of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference

 

immediate release

March 30, 2015

 

An international delegation of more than a dozen people will begin a 730 mile journey from the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, to the United Nations on Tuesday, March 31, at 8:30am.

 

The group’s journey, Traveling Toward a Nuclear Free Future, will include walkers, bikers and runners from the United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Local members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance will walk on the first leg of the journey, from Oak Ridge to Knoxville, on Tuesday.

 

The travelers will arrive in at the United Nations in New York City in time for the opening of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review on April 27, 2015. They will join a mass march for nuclear abolition called “Peace and the Planet” on Sunday, April 26, 2015 in New York City and will address the Peace and the Planet Conference on the 25th of April.

 

“We are starting out from Y12 because this is where the United States is violating the promises it made forty-five years ago in the Nonproliferation Treaty,” said Jim Toren of Footprints for Peace, organizers of the journey. “The idea of building a new bomb plant in Oak Ridge is a complete reversal of the promise to disarm we made to the rest of the world.”

 

The route for the travelers will take them into Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and into New York City. They will make presentations and share information about the Uranium Processing Facility bomb plant with their hosts each evening.

 

Marcus Atkinson, joining the travelers from Western Australia, said, “The treaty will only work if every nation keeps its part of the bargain, and the United States is falling short.”

 

The journey will be launched from the main gate of the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex, at the intersection of Scarboro and East Bear Creek Roads. The travelers will be hosted by the Riverside Nonviolent Community, 4627 Martin Mill Pike in south Knoxville on Tuesday evening. A potluck dinner, open to the public, will begin at 6:30.

 

for more information

Jim Toren 513 403 2765

Ralph Hutchison 865 776 5050

 

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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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