Weapons Inspection Team Dismantles the Bomb

On August 6th, the Santa Cruz Weapons Inspection Team (SCWIT) dismantled a Trident II D5 nuclear submarine missile during a skit on the Pacific Garden Mall to mark the 61st anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. A 4,400 acre Lockheed Martin facility at the end of Empire Grade in Bonny Doon manufactures and tests Contained Detonating Fuses (CDFs) for the Trident II D5 nuclear submarine missile. This is the third year that SCWIT has organized activities commemorating the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6th and 9th, 1945.

Dismantling the Bomb/Constructing Peace expressed sorrow for the full spectrum of victims of the nuclear weapons industry – workers exposed to the hazards of producing weapons, communities that suffer environmental degradation from their production, military personnel who are poisoned by their use, and the human and other living beings who are targeted by such weapons.

The political theatre skit honored Japanese women, men, and children whose lives and the lives of successive generations were shattered 61 years ago. This skit collectively imagines and calls for alternatives to the nuclear weapons industry that convert the science of nuclear destruction into a science of life-sustaining industries and renewable energy.

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On August 9th, there will be a march to the gates of Lockheed Martin in Bonny Doon and political action to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki.

For more information on the August 9th protest at the gates of Lockheed Martin, please see: Protest at Lockheed Martin in Boony Doon

Crossposted at Indybay.org.

Author: Bradley Allen

Bradley Allen is a reporter and photographer in the Monterey Bay Area, and a collective member of the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (Indybay). Follow him on social media: @BradleySA.