On (or after!) Election Day, please send a few dollars to keep the Nuclear Resister going


November 6, 2012

Dear friends,

Today is election day in the U.S.  But presidential elections do not distract us from the important work the Nuclear Resister continues to do year round, year after year.  We know that whoever is elected, nonviolent resistance to nuclear weapons, nuclear power and war must continue. And after watching eight such contests come and go since the Nuclear Resister began in October of 1980, we are confident that the resistance will continue.

We are also certain that publishing the newsletter and expanding our outreach via blog, email and Facebook would not be possible without your vital support! We are deeply grateful to know that we can count on the generosity of your donations to help us continue reporting on these acts of conscience and encouraging support for imprisoned activists, bringing this news of resistance to thousands of people around the world.

Besides, we’re currently too busy to be distracted with elections or much else while in the midst of tiling the cracked and aging concrete office floor and painting the walls.  We’ve published 111 out of 167 issues of the newsletter in this office, and while moving out the five file cabinets, three desks, cabinet, tall bookcase and more, we’ve dusted off more than a few inspiring and treasured relics.

Among them are a piece of the chainlink fence that surrounded the Greenham Common nuclear missile base in England, removed by Greenham women peace campers, and a hand-picked chip from the Berlin Wall, sent by a German subscriber. Protest posters, photos and buttons from more than three decades of struggle. Beautiful artwork and crafts made and sent to us by prisoners – including notecards from Helen Woodson and a ceramic mug from Susan Crane.

They are physical reminders of this vital, multi-generational resistance movement, and the journey we’ve been on together with so many of you to create a future free of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and war.  Whatever we do to create change in the world, none of us do it alone.

With your support, we gather news from around the globe to tell clear, concise and comprehensive stories about arrests, court and imprisonment. Resistance continues at military bases, nuclear reactors and nuclear bomb plants in Korea, Scotland, India, France, England, the United States, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Germany and other places. Activists in communities around the world tell us they find strength, inspiration and solidarity from reading the Nuclear Resister, and learning about, connecting with and supporting one another.

With care and respect, we offer support and give a voice to the imprisoned resisters. Over the past 32 years, that has included more than 1,000 people behind bars! Yes, we who work for peace and justice need to know who these imprisoned activists are, tell their stories, and support them.

The work of the Nuclear Resister is more than the day-to-day tasks like writing articles and finding out who is in or out of jail.  For us, the work of the Nuclear Resister is one of love and faith and hope.  It happens on a shoestring and a prayer.  We do our best to not worry about money (not always easy!), and hope that what is needed will appear in the post office box (and sometimes via the donate feature on the Nuclear Resister blog!) with enough regularity that we can get the next issue out and cover the costs of related needs. Thank goodness for the family members who own the home we live in – a home that includes the Nuclear Resister office – and haven’t raised the rent in 24 years!  And thank goodness for all of you.

Please do whatever you can now to support the work of the Nuclear Resister:

*   send as generous a donation as you are able

*    subscribe to the newsletter for yourself, friends, family, organizations and libraries

*   join the Friends of the Nuclear Resister by pledging to send a regular donation

*  buy a Nuclear Power, No Thanks tote bag or sign (see below)

Whether you’re a person who pulls the lever on election day, or who believes that if voting changed anything it would be illegal – and whoever ends up in the Oval Office for the next 4 years – people of conscience around the world will continue to protest war, nuclear weapons and nuclear power, and some of them will end up behind bars.  We need to continue the resistance; we need to continue supporting one another; we need to keep our eyes on the prize!!!


Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa

P.S. Checks can be made payable to the Nuclear Resister. Contributions of $50 or more may be tax- deductible if made payable to the Progressive Foundation, with “Nuclear Resister” written on the memo line.  Donations can also be made with the secure paypal button on the Nuclear Resister blog at www.nukeresister.org/donate

If you are outside the U.S.: We are unable to accept checks drawn on foreign banks. Payment can be made via Paypal, or can also be made via US$ by cash, money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Tote Bags and Yard Signs

With the classic smiling sun “Nuclear Power? No Thanks” logo
in yellow, red and black, licensed from www.smilingsun.org.

$20 each, your choice
(includes shipping; please add $5 for addresses outside USA)

New!  The colors really stand out beautifully on the black twill bags. Perfect for a day at the beach or a trip to the store (or as a gift for your favorite anti-nuclear activist!)

These are fair trade bags made by the DouglaPrieta Works women’s sewing cooperative, part of a grassroots self-help project in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona (www.douglaprietaworks.org).

Bold and colorful, lightweight and rigid, the 18”x24” corrugated white plastic signs are great for use at vigils, demonstrations and public hearings, and make perfect yard signs with a wire stand (included).

The signs and bags are screen printed at the Gloo Factory, a progressive, community-centered union print shop here in Tucson (www.gloofactoryink.com). When you buy one (or more!), you’re supporting not only the Nuclear Resister, but also the Gloo Factory and, with purchase of a tote bag, DouglaPrieta Works!

You can order your bags and signs by contacting us via the blog or emailing us at nukeresister@igc.org and paying via paypal on the Nuclear Resister blog, or sending a note in the mail with your order (Nuclear Resister, POB 43383, Tucson, AZ 85733), along with a check or money order made payable to the Nuclear Resister.

Whether it’s by sending a donation of $1 or $1000 (or somewhere in between!), buying signs or bags, or both, please help however you’re able – thank you.