Wednesday 4 August 2010
Olympia BDS presentation at Traditions about their work advocating for the Olympia Food Co-op to boycott products from Israel. It was a full house at Traditions last night. The above photo is from about 9:30, near the end of the night, after when people began to trickle out around 9 or so. I estimate that there were 80 or more people in attendance. Members of the organizing group presented for about an hour and a half or so, and then the floor was opened up for Q & A.
For more information, please see: www.olympiabds.org/
Rumor has it that the Bangor Naval Submarine Base, on the Kitsap Peninsula, maintains and stores over 2,000 nuclear warheads (which is roughly 25% of the total US stockpile of this particular type of weapon of mass destruction.) If any one of the more than 2,000 nuclear warheads were to detonate, the immediate impacts would likely be felt in Olympia.
The Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action has been advocating abolition of nuclear weapons for over 30 years. The center features 3.8 acres of land abutting the trident capable submarine base.
Many experts on the issue have vigorously argued that the Trident nuclear weapon missile system is illegal because of offensive strike capabilities. Some say that the existence of these weapons is a crime against humanity, and a crime against peace.
In order to honor, commemorate, and celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., the Ground Zero Center holds a regular meeting, traditional vigil, and nonviolent direct resistance action (in the form of civil road-blocks.) The Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative actions are one of three yearly GZ actions.
For more information about this weekend's events, or the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in general: www.gzcenter.org