Utahns will be joining members of the Western Shoshone National Council for an Oct. 2-12 protest against nuclear testing in Nevada.
Events include an indigenous Peoples Forum in Las Vegas Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4, including medical testimony on the human and environmental effects of nuclear testing; a press conference at the Department of Energy, which manages the test site; the completion of a 3,000-mile walk from the east coast by Europeans and American Indians; and an all-day healing ceremony with indigenous leaders from around the world. A rally at the gates of the test site is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11.The Nevada Test Site lies on land ceded to the Western Shoshone under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley.
The Utah contingent is being organized by Utah Peace Test, who will train participants in nonviolent protest. Training will be offered locally Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Friends Meetinghouse, 161 E. 2nd Ave. in Salt Lake City.
For more information, contact Diana Lee Hirschi at 486-2558 or Brian Meacham at 596-1905.