This interactive map from the Physicians for Social Responsibility may give one pause, but it is incredibly useful.
Do you live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor? One third of Americans do. Property contaminated by nuclear materials is not covered by insurance, so if your house is affected, you could be displaced permanently and lose everything. Use the tool below to find out if you are within an evacuation zone and are at risk. Also notice the number of people who would have to be evacuated if there was an accident at the plant closest to you. Do you really think that is possible? We don’t.
The 25th anniversary of Chernobyl and the continuing crisis at Fukushima — both Level 7 nuclear disasters — are clear reminders that standard evacuation zones cannot protect the public from a nuclear accident. Current NRC regulations stipulate a 10 mile evacuation zone around nuclear plants. This is clearly insufficient and 50 miles has been recommended.
You can print the page below from your browser or by right-clicking on the page and printing the “frame”. For more information about why we should look for clean renewable sources of energy rather than nuclear, click here.
Callie Crossley talks with three of the original Freedom Riders, in advance of Freedom Riders, an American Experience film about a courageous band of civil rights activists who in 1961 challenged segregation in the South. The film premieres May 16 at 9pm on WGBH 2. The Callie Crossley Show airs weekdays at 1pm on 89.7 WGBH.
Discussion not facilitated by me broke out in The Sociology of War and Peace today, in consideration of Alex Morrison’s contribution to Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace, (Ch. 3), on conflict resolution in the international arena. It seems that this topic has been waiting to break out all semester. That is the sweet spot. We were taking about the Scylla and Charybdis of national sovereignty and humanitarian intervention, opposing principles in the overall context of the UN, and its manifestations of peacekeeping (/peacebuilding) and the international criminal court.
We started the semester by talking about events in Côte d’Ivoire, which have come to fruition. We also had the benefit of a talk here by Leymah Gbowee, a peace activist from Liberia, which is somewhat tied up with Ivorian events. Some students were unabashed to engage the problematic role the US often plays in international events. So much built to a fortuitous framing of questions, and came to fruition today. Needless to say, I’m pretty jazzed.
I’m not sure we came to conclusions other than those of our author, about the perils and promise of peacekeeping, peacekeeping and other elements of conflict resolution within the UN. However, it is especially sweet to have a student discussion that is largely self-propelled, because these are the people who will one day be running our democracy.
Video of Talk by Leymah Gbowee, 2011 UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies, 4/4/11
Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Peace Activist UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies "Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
April 4, 2011
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is an African peace activist who organized a peace movement that helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christian and Muslim women to pray and sing for peace, and eventually forcing national leaders to create a peace process. Gbowee is now the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa in Ghana. In 2007, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award, and in 2009, she and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the central character of the award winning documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.”