Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen • Libbe HaLevy • Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla • Gary Itano • Michael Lindley
Saturday, 12 October, 6 p.m.
Advocates of the Green New Deal seem divided on the subject of nuclear power. Moreover, many entirely overlook the fact that even “”a limited nuclear war”” would pose a worldwide environmental damage. The panel brings together longtime no-nuke activists to discuss the two sides of nuclear, nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants, and argues why nuclear power should not be considered a “”sustainable/viable alternative to fossil fuels and that 500 billion dollars that the US plans to spend on updating and maintaining nuclear arsenals should be diverted to fund social programs such as healthcare, education, and housing, and to create green jobs.
Tsukuru Fors Lauritzen is a peace/no-nuke activist, founding member of Fukushima Support Committee of Los Angeles and active member of PANA, Progressive Asian Network for Action. As a graduate of Hiroshima Jogakuin High School where 350 young lives were lost on August 6th, 1945, Tsukuru has made it their lifework to raise public awareness for the dangers of all things nuclear and to bring the world closer to a nuclear-free future.
Libbe HaLevy is the producer and host of Nuclear Hotseat, a weekly program on nuclear issues now in its 9th year, downloaded in 123 countries, and syndicated for broadcast (www.NuclearHotseat.com). Libbe speaks on nuclear issues for community, school, political and corporate groups, and has appeared on dozens of broadcasts and podcasts. She spent 35 years working in theatre and show business; is the author of the award-winning internationally produced incest recovery play SHATTERED SECRETS; and her award-winning musical NOW, VOYAGER, based on the beloved Bette Davis movie, was optioned for Broadway. Libbe has worked as a writing and business coach, with clients including Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, and a first-time author whose book was endorsed by the Dalai Lama.
Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla is a candidate for Congress in California’s 34th district. (FYM2020.com). She spent the prior 11 years as a grassroots organizer with Peace Action, working on campaigns to end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen; to pass the New START Treaty and Iran Nuclear Deal; and promote diplomacy instead of regime change in Syria, North Korea and Venezuela. Frances firmly believes that the cancer of homelessness is curable in America and her domestic policies are focused on eradicating the housing crisis. She believes that the Green New Deal, Education & Medicare for All, including Mental Health Care, and a federal jobs guarantee are all directly connected to the plight of homelessness. Frances stands firmly with other Progressive leaders to rebalance our national and international priorities to solve this problem.
Gary Itano was principal cybersecurity engineer at Southern California Edison (SCE), from 2000-2013, including as lead charged with the cyber protection of Grid Infrastructure Replacement (SCE’s “greenfield” SCADA response to the NE America blackout), Advanced (smart IoT) Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). As an “industry insider,” Itano knows the deceptive methods that have pervaded the international nuclear industry from its earliest to current times, how they are countered, and why “advanced” societies are rapidly turning their backs on such hazardous and non-economic technologies. He is currently involved in Orange County-based efforts to hold SCE, its vendors, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), accountable for the August 2018, Chernobyl-level nuclear spill “near miss,” and replacing their current “thin shell” dry casket fuels storage with much more safe (though still inadequate) thicker walled designs. A long-time Anti-Nuke activist, Gary has spoken at rallies, teach-ins, and hearings, and is knowledgeable of suppressed information arising out of the continuing 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster.
Michael Lindley is LA chapter president of Veterans for Peace, a veteran of Vietnam and a long-time peace activist. Since 2004, he, along with many others, has been installing a temporary memorial called Arlington West every Sunday, crosses in Santa Monica Beach, as a way to acknowledge the costs and consequences of the addiction to war as an instrument of international policy.