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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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Citizens Group Makes Demand to Inspect Livermore Nuclear Lab


Citizens Group Makes Demand to Inspect Livermore Nuclear Lab, the Associated Press, November 13, 2002.

LIVERMORE, Calif. — About 75 activists gathered Monday outside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory demanding to inspect its facilities.

Highlighting the ongoing controversy surrounding inspections of weapons facilities in Iraq, the group called on lab director Michael Anastasio to allow its Citizens Weapons Inspection Team to investigate what it called “clandestine activities” related to weapons development.

Jackie Cabasso of the Oakland-based Western States Legal Foundation said the investigations team wanted to examine the lab’s plutonium, tritium, uranium and ignition facilities, among others.

“While the Bush administration calls on other countries to disarm, we call on the United States to disarm,” Peter Ferenbach of the group California Peace Action said.

President Bush and members of his administration have been working to build an international coalition against Iraq and its president, Saddam Hussein. Bush has fought to put weapons inspectors back to work in that country.

But to the coalition of peace activists outside the lab, the move is hypocritical.

“If we want other countries to have weapons inspections, let us start here at home,” said Tara Dorabji of Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment.

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