Peaceroots Alliance Valentine’s Celebration Fundraiser

Join us February 13, 2016 for an evening of dancing and fun!
Includes a light dinner by Robert Tepper, Beer and Wine available
Valentine Theme Dessert Contest, bring your favorite treat and enter!
Raffle and silent auction

Music by:
The Farm Band
The Best Witches Women’s Choir
The SoulShine Blues Band

Starr Hergenrather MC
Tickets are $25.00 available http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2462513

February 13, 2016
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris St, Sebastopol, CA 95472
6pm to 12am

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Raffle tickets now on sale for a beautiful queen size ice-tie-dyed quilt, made by Linda Speel and quilted by Judy Meeker of More Than Warmth. Send checks to PRA, PO Box 255. Petaluma, CA 94953. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.00.

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World in Danger: Fukushima

 

 

This is a flyer for a talk at Sonoma State University on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. featuring Arne Gunderson and Majia Nadesan.

Click on the image for a larger view.

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Fall Newsletter

Here’s a link to our 2015 PRA Fall newsletter (pdf)

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Save the Date – February 13, 2016 Valentine’s Dance

Stay tuned for our February 13th, 2016 Valentine’s dance fundraiser celebration.
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Peaceroots at Campaign Nonviolence National Conference

Elizabeth Barger, PRA TN board member represented PeaceRoots recently at the Campaign Nonviolence National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See photo.

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Seawater Sampling

Peaceroots took another seawater sample Aug. 16, 2015 from Bodega Head, CA. This 5 lb. sample was shipped to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute under the crowd-source funding at Our Radioactive Ocean and tested by Ken Buesseler looking for any radiation from Japan.  Results were clear and showed normal background levels.
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Pictured here is Inna Shapiro, Eli Brooks and Richard Speel at Bodega Head.
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Small amount of Fukushima radiation detected in water off North Coast

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Marine chemist Ken Buesseler, left, and Dan Sythe of Sebastopol-based International Medcom collect a seawater sample in June at Bodega Head . KRCB radio reporter Danielle Venton is at right. Photo by Linda Speel.
BY GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
November 11, 2014, 11:35AM

Trace amounts of radiation from the ruined Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan were found in water samples collected in the Pacific Ocean 100 miles due west of Eureka, a Massachusetts-based researcher reported.

The concentration of cesium-134, a radioactive isotope known to come from the earthquake-and-tsunami ravaged Fukushima plant, was just barely detectable by his equipment and far below a level that would pose a risk to human health or marine life, said Ken Buesseler, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute marine chemist who has been monitoring North American coastal waters since January.

“We knew it was out there,” Buesseler said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “It’s good to be getting some numbers.”

Cesium in the sample collected in August offshore from Eureka was less than 2 becquerels per cubic meter, he said. The acceptable U.S. limit for cesium in drinking water is 7,400 becquerels.

“It wouldn’t stop me from swimming in it or from eating any local seafood,” Buesseler said.

Still, it is the first positive test for Fukushima radiation in water off the West Coast of the United States obtained by Buesseler’s crowd-funded, citizen-science program to collect and test water samples for cesium-134, the telltale marker for radiation from the Japanese power plant meltdown that followed the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

None of the more than 50 coastal seawater samples collected from Alaska to San Diego and on the north shore of Hawaii has shown any detectable amount of cesium-134, Buesseler said. But John Smith, a Canadian scientist, found levels of cesium similar to Buesseler’s sample on research cruises offshore from Canada earlier this year, according to a news release from the Woods Hole institution.

Scientific models have indicated a radioactive plume stretching 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean and expected to appear offshore of Alaska and the coast of Canada, move south along the coast of North America and eventually back toward Hawaii, the release said.

But the models “differ greatly on when and how much would be found,” it said.

The radioactive sample was collected in August by volunteers on the research vessel Point Sur sailing between Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and Eureka. Eureka is about 240 miles north of Bodega Bay.

Results of all samples taken and tested by Buesseler’s program are posted online at www.OurRadioactiveOcean.org.

The list includes a sample collected at Bodega Head on June 1 and three samples collected at Point Reyes in January, April and June. All four samples indicated a cesium-134 level “below detection,” or less than 0.2 becquerels per cubic meter.

A sample collected at the Farallon Islands in April had the same finding.

Dan Sythe, CEO of International Medcom, a Sebastopol company that makes radiation detection equipment, said he and Buesseler collected the seawater sample at Bodega Head.

Sythe, who plans to collect another sample on Nov. 22, said he’s been concerned since the Fukushima meltdown that radiation would reach the California coast. His company has conducted a small sampling program of seaweed and fish from Bodega Bay and tested it for radiation.

No radiation has been found here since the spring of 2011, Sythe said, but he shares Buesseler’s concern that the federal government is not monitoring West Coast waters. Some people are “on edge” about the prospect of Fukushima radiation reaching them, he said.

The radiation now reaching California is at the front edge of the plume, and Buesseler said the concentration is expected to increase, possibly to 10 becquerels, still a low level, over the next two to three years. But it’s worrisome, he said, that what’s happening now in Japan will reach North America in about three years.

News reports said that cesium contamination reached record levels — three times higher than previously recorded levels — after a typhoon swept through Japan last month. Buesseler said the ocean waters off Japan now contain equal concentrations of cesium and strontium-90, a dangerous isotope that lodges in bones and can cause cancer when ingested.

On shore at Fukushima, more than 1,000 storage tanks are holding water that was pumped out of the damaged reactor buildings with strontium-90 levels more than a hundred times greater than releases in 2011, Buesseler said.

“The red flag is we don’t know enough to predict this very well,” he said, referring to radiation’s slow movement across the Pacific Ocean.

You can reach Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@ pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @guykovner.

From The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA, November 11, 2014

Please help fund more seawater tests at Bodega Head here: http://ourradioactiveocean.kintera.org/CS104

 

 

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“Level 8” Nuclear Disaster Campaign Launched

Urgent Demand for International Response to Ongoing Nuclear Reactor Meltdowns in Fukushima Kicks Off at NYC Climate March

The “Level 8” Nuclear Disaster campaign is focused on mobilizing governments and organizations in every country to demand modification of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s current 7-level scale that indicates the severity of nuclear accidents. This newly proposed “Level 8” would firmly classify the gravity of the situation in Fukushima as a crisis calling for an unprecedented, internationally coordinated response of resources and aid in answer to a global nuclear emergency.

Three Petitions for you sign & share:
http://campaigns.350.org/p/fixfukushima
http://tinyurl.com/avaaz-DeclareFukushimaLevel8
http://tinyurl.com/moveon-DeclareFukushimaLevel8

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Sonoma West Times & News Coverage of Peaceroots Alliance Family Summer Festival

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Sonoma West Times and News had a nice article on our Family Summer Festival:

FAMILY FUN AT IVES — The Peaceroots Alliance held its Family Summer Festival Fundraiser at Ives Park last weekend, bringing about 300 people to Ives Park for music by The Best Witches — a local women’s choir — Sylvia Tepper and Phil Lawerence, The Farm Band and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission with Bobbie Bonnickson, Jethro Jeremiah and the Soulmates. Other activities included kite and bracelet making, puppet shows, story time, hula hooping, dancing, vegan food, beer and wine, a silent auction, quilt raffle, booths on radiation detectors and presentations by Dan Sythe from Medcom, Michael O’Gorman of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Peter Schweitzer of Plenty, an international relief organization. Proceeds from the event will go to projects such as local radiation testing. Peaceroots, a 501(c)3 non-profit, started in Petaluma after the 2001 bombing of the World Trade Center. The non-profit is currently helping Fukushima Response gather data about radiation from the disaster at the nuclear plant in Japan and its effect on the California coastline. For more information, go to peaceroots.org.

 

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Peaceroots Alliance Family Summer Festival

PRA 2014 Fundraiser Poster Final

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