The Nuclear Issues Study Group (NISG) would like to invite you to take part in Dismantling the Nuclear Beast—a unique and timely event, and the first of its kind to take place in New Mexico!
About Nuclear Issues Study Group
It is no secret that New Mexico has been and continues to be greatly impacted by every link of the nuclear fuel chain. The Nuclear Issues Study Group, founded in 2016, is a grassroots organization run entirely by volunteers and is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We meet regularly, and our membership comes from local New Mexico communities, including: organizers, young people, indigenous peoples, people of color, the LGBTQ community, students, artists, activists, and people who care about our water, lands, air, and public health. We work on several projects, as well as support local, statewide, and national campaigns to protect New Mexico from all things nuclear.
As part of this effort, we are organizing a symposium titled “Dismantling the Nuclear Beast: Connecting Local Work to the National Movement”. The symposium will take place Friday, December 1st through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 at the Hibben Center on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.
About the Symposium
From uranium mining and enrichment to weapons production and nuclear waste storage, we are quite literally in the “belly of the beast”. In order to make information accessible and to get others involved, we will have several presentations, panel discussions, and information tables focusing on all of these topics. We are inviting speakers from all over New Mexico and the country to share their stories, their work, and how we can take action to protect our environment and our communities!
We will kick off our symposium with a special collaboration between NISG and the New Mexico Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) on Friday afternoon. This opening workshop, dubbed “Environmental Justice: Nuclear Colonialism, Social Work, and Our Future in NM”, will provide an overview of the many nuclear sites in our state and make connections to the field of social work. Specifically, we will cover recent environmental justice issues specific to the misuse of water, natural resources, and sacred places, as well as the disproportionate occurrence of nuclear facilities in communities of color and lower socioeconomic status (SES). To wrap up this workshop, NASW NM will facilitate a discussion on the Social Work Code of Ethics, vulnerable populations, and paths to advocacy and action. If you are a social worker or student of social work, click here to register online with the NASW NM Chapter to obtain your continuing education units (CEUs).
During the symposium, we will do our best to explore and expose every aspect of the nuclear fuel chain—past, current, and future—as well as highlight some key threats to New Mexico that NISG is focusing on including: Sandia National Laboratories’ Mixed Waste Landfill and the proposed Centralized “Interim” Storage of high-level radioactive waste.
Our full program agenda is forthcoming and will be posted here when available. Check back often for updates.
The purpose of our symposium is as follows:
- To make information about nuclearism & nuclear colonialism accessible to the general public; this includes being intentional about avoiding the use of jargon, acronyms, and other forms of language (such as “Nukespeak”) that alienate rather than attract new people to the movement
- To help bridge gaps of knowledge between the different aspects of the nuclear chain, specifically those who work on uranium mining issues and those who work on issues of nuclear waste, transportation, weapons, and power
- To incorporate and have a solid space for Art, Music, Film, and Poetry in this movement
- To unite and promote solidarity in our struggles by bringing communities together in New Mexico, right here, in the “belly of the beast”
- To bring a new generation into the anti-nuclear movement
- To equip attendees with tools to act on their increased knowledge about nuclearism & nuclear colonialism in positive, concrete ways and to get involved locally & nationally
Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry
On Friday evening, we will have an Art Opening reception for a special exhibit that will be on display in the lobby of the Hibben Center during the symposium. On Saturday evening, we welcome musicians, poets, and filmmakers to take center stage highlighting how art is a necessary part of every movement. Together, both evenings comprise our two-part event we call: Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry.
We can be protectors. We can live without fear of holocaust, destruction, and nuclear poison. We can be a self-sustaining peoples who nurture our environment and each other. Art is capable of creating pathways to do so, when we feel we do not have a voice. Art reaches across human made borders, laws, and languages. Art can be uniting, fearless, spiritual, and healing.
CALL TO ARTISTS: If you feel moved to create a piece for our symposium art exhibit, we are accepting self-standing sculptures and visual art that is ready to hang. Submissions can be dropped off at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, located at: 202 Harvard Dr, Albuquerque NM by November 25th during normal business hours. (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm). Please sign our release form upon dropping off all art pieces. Items can be listed for sale and 100% of the proceeds will be given to the artist.
If you have an audio, film, or multi-media piece (5-15min in length), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a description and/or online link to your work. We will do our best to fit these pieces in as part of the Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry evening events, or during the symposium agenda.
Support the Symposium
In order to make this event a success, we are calling on you and our extended community to make a monetary donation to assist with the expenses of our symposium. Our fundraising goal is $5,000.00 and costs include: venue rental, speaker fees, travel, food & beverages, printing, and professional services. We are determined to minimize the expenses for this event by garnishing in-kind services and other donations, but still have quite a bit of funds to raise.
We simply cannot succeed without your financial support, please give what you can. Thanks!
Click Here to donate online, securely via our crowdsourcing campaign.
Or donate securely online directly to NISG via PayPal (credit, debit, PayPal).
Please mail or hand carry to the Indigenous Rights Center* mailbox, located inside the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice (SE corner of Harvard & Silver).
Indigenous Rights Center
202 Harvard Dr SE #5
Albuquerque, NM 87106
*The Indigenous Rights Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
We hope to see you at the symposium!
Nuclear Issues Study Group