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Think Outside the Bomb National Tour Stops in GR May 18

May 4, 2010

Think Outside the Bomb National Tour
Art, Speakers and Live Music

  • Bad Heart Bull
  • The Woodtones
  • The Interruptions
  • Victor McManemy

7 p.m. Tuesday May 18
The DAAC, 115 S. Division, Grand Rapids

Co-sponsored by The Bloom Collective, Pax Christi Grand Rapids, The Institute for Global Education and the Aquinas College Social Action Committee.

The Think Outside the Bomb national tour makes a one-time stop at the Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) on Tuesday, May 18. The touring group comes here as they make their way from New York City, where they called for the abolition of nuclear weapons during the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review. The tour’s final stop will be  Los Alamos, New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb.

“Nuclear weapons lie at the intersection of so much that is important to my generation: energy, the environment, and global security — and this tour is going to bring it all together,” said tour participant, Whitney Walberg, “I’m really looking forward to talking with local groups, and building a strong national coalition that will mobilize hundreds of young people from communities across the country to raise their voices in the global call to end the perpetuation of the destruction of nuclear weapons and energy.”

The event features an art exhibition, speakers from the national movement and local peace community, and live music: Bad Heart Bull (Chicago), The Woodtones (Grand Rapids, bluegrass), The Interruptions (Grand Rapids, Jazz) and Victor McManemy (Northern Michigan activist-songwriter).

A national network of youth activists and organizers, Think Outside the Bomb seeks to create a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. According to Rebecca Riley, a tour organizer, “Think Outside the Bomb hopes to build community and working knowledge through our national tour, by offering critical information on the state of the US Nuclear Industrial Complex”.

2010 is a crucial year for working against nuclear weapons because of the renegotiation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), increased awareness raised by Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize, and plans to restore the bomb-making capabilities of Los Alamos.

After "Trinity," the first atomic bomb test near Los Alamos, test director Kenneth Bainbridge said, "Now we are all sons of bitches."

The Think Outside the Bomb national tour will make stops in 40 cities across the country before taking part in Disarmamentt Summer with New Mexico Youth Organizer Trainings, June 2 – 5, in Chimayo, New Mexico; Permaculture Encampment, July 30 – August 9, on Pueblo land outside of Los Alamos; and a 65th Anniversary commemoration of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, August 1- 9, in Los Alamos.

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  1. kyla permalink
    May 16, 2010 2:47 am

    Here is some info about our speakers:

    “Robert Chavez: 17 year old man from Okayowingeh (San Juan Pueblo), has worked on environmental work for the past 7 years, including climate change and community issues. Most recently he has begun speaking about the effect of Los Alamos National Lab on his community.

    Rhianna Bahee: 19 year old Dine (Navajo) woman from Flagstaff, who has been working to protect sacred sites for 5 years and is now working for climate justice. Went on the Longest Walk II in 2008 and recently completed the Footprints for Peace walk for nuclear abolition from Oak Ridge Tennessee to New York City.

    Jason Ahmadi: Global human and tree hippie from Planet Xenon (25 laps around this Sun) on the tour coz what the hell! Come join us, its fun! We’ll sing and dance together.

    Rebecca Riley: 25 year old white settler woman who grew up in Ohio, has been working on anti-war and nuclear disarmament work for several years. Political musician, puppeteer, graphic artist, and tour organizer.”

    Hope to see you there! Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.

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