DC Days 2017
The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability's 29th annual DC Days took place from May 21-24, 2017. Over 70 activists, from newcomers to experienced hands, participated in 106 meetings with congressional and executive branch offices.
In addition to key Senate and House offices that ANA members, as constituents, can uniquely access, we also met with key Armed Services and Appropriations Committees as well as the Government Accountability Office and Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. Executive branch meetings include the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Office of Management and Budget, often with their senior leadership.
This year, the new Congress and new Administration especially needed to hear from many of us as we seek a nuclear-free future that safeguards our communities and our environment.
WHAT: Reception honoring leaders in the movement to stop unnecessary nuclear weapons research and production, clean up radioactive wastes, and address the needs of those contaminated by nuclear facilities.
WHEN: May 23, 2017 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 562, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
WHO: The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), representing communities downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear weapons sites, honored:
* Representative Ted Lieu -- For leadership in introducing legislation to prevent any President from using nuclear weapons first in a conflict without explicit Congressional approval.
* International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons -- For ceaseless global leadership and public education in support of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons.
* Tina Cordova -- For tireless efforts to honor and seek compensation for generations of innocent people affected by the first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site.
* Dave Kraft -- Judith Johnsrud Unsung Hero Award in collaboration with Beyond Nuclear -- For nearly four decades of diligent dedication in the belly of the beast, and his good humored, visionary work for a nuclear-free world demonstrating tireless dedication and stubborn determination, despite daunting odds.
* First Annual Bill Mitchell Grassroots Activist Award – honoring an individual who shares the commitment to community empowerment of ANA’s founder. This year's award went to Mavis Belisle, a long-time community activist organizing against nuclear weapons in Texas.
2017 Report: Accountability Audit
For its 29th Annual DC Days in May 2017, the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability published a report entitled Accountability Audit. The report examines the extraordinary spending at Department of Energy nuclear facilities and examines ways to reduce risks and save billions of dollars across the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.
Click the image above to download a copy of the report.