LIVERMORE -- The 67th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be marked Sunday with a rally and protest at the exact time it occurred in Japan.
The Livermore-based Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment is co-hosting "Foreclose on the Bomb, Not the People" at 4 p.m. Sunday at William Payne Park, at Patterson Pass and Vasco roads. The rally takes place kitty-corner to Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, where nuclear weapons have been developed.
The program includes guest speakers, including Takashi Tanemori, a Hiroshima bombing survivor scheduled to speak just after 4:15 p.m. -- which will be 8:15 a.m. Monday in Hiroshima, the time the atomic bomb was dropped 67 years ago.
"It adds a new element to our cause," said Marylia Kelley, executive director of Tri-Valley CARES, "and deepens the meaning to be acting at the same time in concert with the survivors in Japan who we are supporting."
As in other years, arrests at the non-violent protest are expected. Extra lab security will be on duty said lab spokeswoman Lynda Seaver.
Tri-Valley CARES has held a commemoration and protest of the bombing of Hiroshima and the Aug. 9 atomic bombing of Nagasaki for the past four decades, in part to make sure people never forget, said Kelley.
The commemoration takes on a different theme with this year's goal of highlighting the current economic crisis and budget deficit and the amount of money devoted to nuclear
Kelley said CARES did an analysis of the lab's budget and said 88 percent is devoted to nuclear weapons activities.
"As the 2013 budget process makes its way through Congress, there are proposals to increase nuclear (spending) and the pentagon's military budgets," Kelley said. "At the same time infrastructure and social programs are facing severe cuts."
Occupy Oakland has offered its bus to shuttle people from the McArthur BART station in Oakland at 3 p.m. to the rally and protest.
The speakers and performers are expected to conclude at 6 p.m., to be followed with a march to the west gate of the labs where the group will symbolically foreclose on the lab, Kelley said.
Tri-Valley CARE's event is one of 21 scheduled nationwide on Sunday, according to nuclearfreefuture.org.
Sunday's program in Livermore also features Michael Eisenscher, the co-founder of U.S. Labor Against the War; Natalia Mironova, former legislator and leader of Movement for Nuclear Safety in Chelyabinsk, Russia; Tara Dorabji of Tri-Valley CAREs and Andrew Lichterman from Oakland's Western States Legal Foundation, respectively. Entertainment will also be a part of the program.
For details visit www.trivalleycares.org.
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