A HANFORD CONVERSATION BETWEEN A POET AND A DOWNWINDER
May 25, 2017 — You could have heard a pin drop on the soft, gray carpet as former Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and Hanford Downwinder Patrica Hoover shared a moving conversation about their personal experiences growing up in the shadow of Hanford Nuclear Reservation during the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Flenniken selected and read six poems from her collection entitled Plume. After each poem, Hoover spoke of her memories, of the medical mystery tour that she and her family were constantly on to determine the cause of one strange illness after another, and she reflected on the enormous impact that radiation exposure had on the people, wildlife, and the Columbia River during the birth of the nuclear age at Hanford.
Flenniken, who grew up in Richland, Washington, aka “Atomic City”, talked about the personal struggle between hometown pride and loyalty and the betrayal of the government who hid the devastating affects of radiation exposure from residents and the wider area population. For Hoover, the negative impacts to her health and the health of her one remaining family member continue, as does her message about the critical dangers of radiation poisoning associated with nuclear activities.
Thousands of families, hundreds of communities, and our one beleaguered environment have suffered as a result of nuclear weapons and energy development. This memorable evening reminded all in attendance that the fight for a nuclear-free world is more important than ever.
WALKING THE TALK
April 27, 2017 — Oregon WAND member Kit Frisinger walks the talk when it comes for advocating for peace locally and around the world. She was one of the individuals featured recently in a Eugene Weekly article entitled “A Vision of Peace.”
The story explores the mission and vision of Eugene, Oregon’s Interfaith Prayer Service, an organization of diverse faith communities that, like Kit, works tirelessly to promote peace and acceptance of all peoples regardless of race or religion.
Photo: Eugene Weekly
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH & RALLY IN DOWNTOWN EUGENE
April 28, 2017 — On a beautiful day when the sun was finally shining in Eugene, marchers from the University of Oregon area joined hundreds of people gathered at the Federal Courthouse Building in downtown Eugene to express strong resistance to the new Administration’s stance and rollback of environmental protections. Organized by 350.org Eugene, the event featured speakers, music, and organizations, including Oregon WAND, who rallied to raise awareness for climate justice.
WHAT DID HE OWE? AND WHEN DID HE OWE IT?
April 13, 2017 — That’s the question a lot of people are asking about Donald Trump’s taxes as Tax Day 2017 approaches. Oregon WAND’s Susan Cundiff discusses the importance of transparency in taxes in this Opinion piece in the Eugene Register Guard.
“Among the many questions swirling around this new administration, those two [questions] keep circling back to President Trump’s refusal to reveal his most recent tax returns. The importance of those returns becomes more urgent as we learn about his team’s many contacts with the Russians.” Continue reading . . .