BE THERE: The Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)/WISE-Amsterdam and Nuclear Free Great Lakes Campaign are sponsoring The International Conference for a Sustainable Energy Future: Confronting Nuclear Power with People Power. The event will begin with two days of workshops and speakers at DePaul University in Chicago (August 18-19) and then move to a campsite in Yorkville, Illinois, about 13 miles from the Dresden nuclear power complex, from August 20-24. The location is convenient to O'Hare International Airport.
LEARN, TEACH: The Action Camp will combine issues seminars, strategy sessions, organizational and tools development workshops, non-violence training, and actions. Key focus areas will be on radioactive waste transportation, globalization of the nuclear power industry, global climate change and nuclear power, sustainable energy, and the attempted resurgence of the atomic industry. We need to strategize and cooperate internationally if we are to stop new nuclear reactors and move toward a sustainable energy future. Non-violence and direct action trainings will be offered daily.
GATHER, GROW: We plan to bring the best and most active minds from across the U.S. and throughout the world to gather, plan, strategize, grow stronger. Our goal is to inspire and empower people with the tools and resolve to return to their communities and build a nuclear-free world. We invite activists, students, whistleblowers, and researchers from everywhere to join us. Confirmed participants will arrive from all across the U.S., Russia, Germany, Holland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Spain and Slovakia. Participants are also expected from Korea, Japan, South Africa and elsewhere.
ACT! On August 23, we will target the Exelon-owned Dresden nuclear complex with a legal rally and non-violent action. Exelon-the largest nuclear utility in the United States--is a multi-national conglomerate owned by Unicom (formerly Commonwealth Edison), PECO Energy and British Energy; it is a symbol of the increasing globalization and consolidation of the nuclear industry. Exelon currently is the only U.S. utility that says it wants to build new atomic reactors.
CAMP INFO: The camp will provide three vegetarian/vegan meals daily. Full sanitiation facilities also will be provided. You should bring a sleeping bag and ground pad, a tent (unless you have pre-reserved room in a cabin) and other camping gear and eating utensils (note: no camp stoves please), a rainsuit or poncho, other personal items, some warm clothing (it can get cool on summer evenings), and a flashlight. Please do not bring, or expect to use, any alcohol or drugs (except by prescription) at the camp. Don't forget to bring a willingness to learn, to network, to organize and to participate. Expect to be challenged, expect to learn, expect to make a difference...
Check the NIRS' website www.nirs.org for schedule information, speakers lists and other updated news.
NOTE: NIRS has a very limited amount of funds available for scholarships for U.S. and Canadian activists. These can be used for transportation and/or to defray registration/food costs. If you want to come to the camp, and absolutely need some financial assistance, please contact Michael Mariotte at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, organization, how much money you would need and what it would be used for. Conference fees are $30 and $7/day for food.
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