Monday, March 2, 2015

Why Does Chicago Need a "Nuclear Injury Action Group"?

Burns on victim of U.S. nuclear bombing
of Japan in August, 1945, show the way
the print on her kimono was seared into
her flesh. (Image: Wikipedia)
Chicago Nuclear Injury Action Group is an organization formed in 2015. We have identified four needs:

* raise to visibility the abundant facts concerning the harms of nuclear use for weapons and energy production

* reverse the de-sensitization of the public to the reality of nuclear violence

* re-direct the discourse from "nuclear protects us" to "nuclear hurts us"

* from the standpoint of "risk psychology," help the public accurately assess, and appropriately
mitigate, the true risk inherent in nuclear weapons and nuclear power

CNIAG seeks to emphasize the power of multiple disciplines and fields to address these needs. The group sees important opportunities for engagement in the months ahead, including:

We welcome participants! Please contact:

Joe Scarry
jtscarry [at]

Related information

I never quite understood how much of a Chicago story the Bomb and opposition to it really is. I can think of at least three reasons why people right here in Chicago -- today -- need to make themselves heard about nuclear disarmament . . .

(See Unfinished Business in Chicago (Nuclear disarmament, that is) on the Scarry Thoughts blog)

The Atomic Age is an ongoing project that aims to cultivate critical and reflective intervention regarding nuclear power and weapons. We provide daily news updates on the issues of nuclear energy and weapons, primarily though not exclusively in English and Japanese.

(See The Atomic Age website)

Nuclear power represents 48% of the electrical power in Illinois . . . . Our state legislators are considering granting Exelon, the parent company of Commonwealth Edison, a subsidy of about $580 million a year to continue to keep their nuclear plants operating well into the future.

(See CAPA’s Toolkit for Reducing Carbon Emissions & Increasing Renewable Energy in Illinois on the Chicago Area Peace Action website)

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