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Monday, August 7, 2006

“No Nukes!” Rally and John Wayne Film
set for 61st Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

Activists, in conjunction with The Ryder film series and a film archivist, have organized a free showing of the 1956 John Wayne film, “The Conqueror,” preceded by an anti-nuclear rally on Bloomington's Courthouse Square.

Bloomington, Indiana --  What do John Wayne , Indiana corn , Yucca Flats Nevada , Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (north of Madison, Indiana), and Susan Hayward all have in common?

All have been contaminated by radioactive waste from the testing of nuclear bombs or uranium weaponry .

From the nuclear test explosions of the 1950's to the test firing of “depleted uranium” weaponry of the 1980's and 90's -- local activists and film archivist Eric Grayson have teamed up with The Ryder film series to tie it all together and present an evening of entertainment, public awareness, and informed action, on Monday, August 7 th .

“The Conqueror,” a 1956 movie loosely based on the life of Genghis Khan, starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward , will be shown at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington at 7:30 p.m. on August 7 th .

“The Conqueror” was filmed in Snow Canyon, Utah, an area that was already contaminated in 1955 from the radioactive sand blowing in, for more than three years, from the nuclear test site at Yucca Flats .

The public was aware that the United States was testing atomic bombs at Yucca Flats, Nevada in the early 1950's, but, few people knew that the fallout from those tests was showing up in Indiana corn and was causing cancer in some of America's beloved movie stars of that time.

Within thirty years of its filming, ninety of The Conqueror's 220 cast and crew members were stricken with cancer. Forty-six of those, including six of the film's stars like John Wayne, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead, had died, due to cancer, by 1983.

Preceding the film showing at the Buskirk-Chumley, a “Bloomington Says ‘NO NUKES!'” rally will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse Square. The rally will call the general public to join area activists in opposing current U.S. nuclear policy, nuclear research and development, "bunker buster" weaponry, as well as the proposed testing in Nevada of massive conventional weapons like "Divine Strake," that would stir up and make airborne already radioactive dust. Long-time anti-nuclear activist and writer, David Keppel and others will speak about the dangers that nuclear weapons pose to all of us. Educational literature, petitions, and material to write postcards to policymakers will be available at the rally.

The August 7th events highlight the six decades of suffering caused by the manufacturing, testing, and usage of nuclear and uranium-based weaponry. On the 61st anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima (August 6 th ) and Nagasaki, Japan (August 9 th ), we remember the more than 200,000 victims of those attacks. The August 1945 atomic bombings marked the first time nuclear weapons were used, and on a civilian population to boot, as well as the beginning of the nuclear arms race.

While the current U.S. administration is obsessed with preventing others from obtaining “weapons of mass destruction,” the United States nuclear arsenal far exceeds the number of nuclear warheads held by all other nations .

People are encouraged to attend the rally and film showing, learn more about how nuclear testing and policies affect all of us , and become engaged with these critical issues.

The August 7th rally and film showing are sponsored by Organic Events, The Ryder, Yarns Unlimited, and Bloomington Peace Action Coalition.

Bloomington Says “NO NUKES!” Rally
Date: Monday, August 7, 2006
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Courthouse Square
corner of Kirkwood Ave. and Walnut Street, Bloomington

“The Conqueror” Free Film Showing
Date: Monday, August 7, 2006
Time : 7:30 p.m.
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington

Read the Bill Quigley article:
Weapons of Mass Destruction Discovered Here

August 2, 2006

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Timothy Baer  
Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition
(812) 988-1917



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