Aug 3 - 11. Live, week-long on-line concert to promote a nuclear weapon-free world.

Message from Steve Leeper, Mayors for Peace in Japan: Spread the news, endorse, and send your music and poetry to Peace Week, a week-long interactive on-line 'concert'  8/3 - 8/11 that calls for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Click here to learn more or e-mail leeps@mindspring.com. Plus, ENDORSE THE CALL TO ACTION AND ENROLL YOUR MAYOR IN MAYORS FOR PEACE! August 6th and 9th 2011 will mark the 66th anniversaries of the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the wake of the catastrophic events in Fukishima, let us use these August days of remembrance to continue our work in this third year of United for Peace & Justice’s Nuclear Free Future Month

Opposition grows to factory farm near Coloma, WI

Farms yes, factory farms no!The local group organizing against the proposed 5,000 cow farm has a website, here, and online petition, here.

A group of citizens opposed to the controversial 5,000-cow factory farm (called the Richfield Dairy) gained significant strength over the July 4th weekend following efforts to share information and to draw attention to the proposed CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). Many families living within just a few miles were unaware of this proposed dairy until this grassroots effort began just a few weeks ago.

Chuck Baynton in Journal Sentinel: Perils of nuclear power

WNPJ board member Chuck Baynton writes in the Journal Sentinel about the cost of nuclear power:

If "conservative" means something nearer to cautious than reckless, especially about spending gobs of money, we may yet see conservatives lead a charge against nuclear power. So far, there aren't any signs of that from the conservatives now running Madison. But maybe they've heard too much from the nuclear power industry and not enough from utility customers.

German government announces plan to phase out nukes

Just one week after the Swiss government announced plans to phase out the use of nuclear power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her own nuclear "exit strategy," with a plan to shut down all of Germany's nuclear plants by 2022. Merkel's shift was especially dramatic, given that she had been promoting nuclear plants as a safe "bridge" to renewable energy less than a year ago. The change comes less than a week after thousands of people across Germany took part in protests against nuclear power. The previous pro-nuclear stance taken by Merkel's Christian Democratic Party was also blamed for the party's poor showing in recent elections.

Swiss announce plan to phase out nuke plants

The Swiss Cabinet announced today a plan to completely phase out the country's use of nuclear power in favor of wind, solar and other renewables. The announcement comes days after an estimated 20,000 people took part in the biggest anti-nuclear protest in Switzerland in 25 years. The recommendation  will be debated in parliament, which is expected to make a final decision next month. If approved, Switzerland's five nuclear reactors would go offline between 2019 and 2034 after they reach their average lifespan of 50 years. Switzerland now gets about 40% of its electricity from nuclear power. Full story here...

Many local voices against nuclear power

"Nuclear power is not only unnecessary, it is among the costliest and potentially the most dangerous ways to produce electricity," writes John Kinsman, a Wisconsin farmer and the president of Family Farm Defenders, a WNPJ member group.  "Besides the brave Japanese workers who are sacrificing themselves in the battle to stop this meltdown, who is next to suffer from the inevitable nuclear accidents? Why, of course, farmers, fishers, gardeners and consumers who have to dump milk, destroy animals and bury produce that has been contaminated by fallout," adds Kinsman, in a Capital Times op/ed.

Potential nuclear hazards from southeast extreme weather

Tornadoes swept through Alabama and put the southeastern United States in a state of emergency last week. Another potential threat from nuclear plants is looming over the area.

Fox 11 News: Marchers remember Chernobyl

Protesters hit the streets in Kewaunee County opposed to the area's two nuclear power plants. Saturday's action follows ongoing troubles with damaged nuclear plants in Japan. It also marks the approach of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Ukraine.

"I just remember the emotional impact it had on people and even to this day, 25 years ago, I'm keenly aware of the radiation being in the fallen leaves in the fall, in the tap water," explained former Ukraine resident, Natasha Akulenko. (Watch the video here from FOX 11, WLUK-TB Green Bay, Wisconsin reporter: Beth Jones - The story continues below)

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