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The University of Nuclear Bombs

The University of Nuclear Bombs is a documentary by Joshua Ortiz and Mohamed Elsawi that examines the key role of the University of California in designing every weapon in the US nuclear arsenal. Featuring Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Jacqueline Cabasso, Daniel Ellsberg, and Tara Dorabji.

http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/university-of-nuclear-bombs/trailer

Hiroshima Remembered

On the 61st anniversary of the first atomic bombing, Terra Verde interviews Keiji Tsuchiya, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, who served as a rescue worker in the week immediately following the bombing. Now at age 78 he is Vice President of Okayama A-bomb Sufferers Association. We will also be joined by Tara Dorabji of Tri-Valley CAREs who will talk about nuclear development in the Bay area and the role of companies like Bechtel, which has built more than half of the nuclear facilities in the United States.

Bechtel is partnered with the University of California to manage the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico. The company is also now poised to announce its intent to bid for the management contract of the Livermore nuclear weapons lab. The contract for the Livermore Lab is up for competitive bid for the first time in its 53-year history.

http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/22038

Renewed Call for Nuclear Disarmament

On Hiroshima’s 60th anniversary, Abid Aslam interviews Tara Dorabji and others on the Renewed Call for Nuclear Disarmament, published in One World on August 7, 2005.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug 6 (OneWorld) – The threat of nuclear destruction–from existing stockpiles, a new arms race, or at the hands of terrorists or rogue states–looms large 60 years after the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace activists have warned.

The United States bombed Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. More than 200,000 people died in the two Japanese cities. Survivors continue to contend with serious illnesses doctors blame on exposure to high levels of radiation.

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Nuclear Protest Blooms Again at Lab

In Nuclear Protest Blooms Again at Lab, Diana Walsh interviews Tara Dorabji for the San Francisco Chronicle on August 11, 2003.

It’s been two decades since the largest anti-nuclear protests took place outside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

On Sunday, protesters returned, and returned strong. Revitalized by anti- war demonstrations this spring, an estimated 1,000 people joined hands to protest the lab’s role in producing new-generation nuclear warheads.

“Nuclear weapons didn’t go away, they just went off the public radar,” said Tara Dorabji, who helped organize the protest with a local organization that calls itself Tri-Valley CAREs.

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Tara Dorabji Leads Weapons Lab Protest

Tara Dorabji Leads Weapons Lab Protest, Francis Assisi, INDOlink, July 2003

Among Indo-Americans there is a generational difference that is as ideologically based as it is palpable. While the first generation more or less mainstreams, basking in the comfort of the model minority myth, the second generation has chosen otherwise.

While the first generation waves the flag for fear that they will be targeted by hate crimes, the second generation has the guts to proclaim that it is equally patriotic to protest, and to engage in acts of civil disobedience.

Tara Dorabji, of California, for example, has a passion that’s focused on disarmament. And her statements are bound to upset the status quo: “If we want other countries to have weapons inspections, let us start here at home,” she says with convincing logic. She articulates her concern: “The White House demands that other countries be inspected and disarm, but is busily building the U.S. nuclear arsenal.”

Dorabji has come to grips with the frightening truth that Weapons of mass destruction are right in her backyard. That backyard happens to be, Livermore, where the government’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is engaged in designing, developing and testing next generation nuclear weapons. It is also home to the government sponsored Sandia Labs, an offshoot of the one in Los Alamos, where weapons research is a key activity.

Which is why she points out that the Bush administration´s aim to free the world of nuclear weapons isn’t being applied to the United States. “While loudly demanding that other countries dump their suspected nuclear weapons, the Bush administration is ramping up its own nuclear program,” observes Dorabji, who is the Outreach and Community Organizer at Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment (CAREs) in Livermore. CAREs motto is “peace, justice and the environment.”

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