(en) Cassini Mtg. w/ Dellums' staff

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REDIRECT greensfelder@igc.apc.org (Claire Greensfelder) (by way of Robert Cherwink <rc@vom.com>) / rc

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On Thursday morning, 28 August, a small, representative group of peace and environmental activists met w/ H. Lee Halterman, General Counsel to Congressman Ronald V. Dellums (D-Calif), to express our desire that the Cassini launch be cancelled and solar alternatives to plutonium power be implemented.

We had representatives of: Women for Peace, Physicians for Social Responsibility,Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Livermore Conversion Project, Plutonium Free Future, and the Northern California Stop Cassini Coalition.

Mr. Halterman indicated from the start that Congressman Dellums' position is that the launch should be postponed and the solar alternative explored. He agreed that their office would be available to make statements to this effect at press events, either in person or in writing.

We had a long discussion on strategies, and a number of ideas came up of other Congresspeople in our area who would be useful to recruit quickly to our position, if possible and to make statements including George Brown (D-Calif), ranking Democrat on the Science Committee, Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif), also on the Science Committee and Zoe Lofgren (Calif) who has Lockheed (the maker of the Titan IV) in her district. A number of folks took responsibility to follow up on these leads.

Also, perhaps of more interest to folks outside of California, and around the world, we agreed that Vice President Gore, and his former aide Katie Mc Ginty, who is now the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, should be hearing from US citizens, and concerned citizens from around the world. They shepherd the "science angle" in the Clinton administration, and they, as well as the President, should be receiving mail, faxes, etc.

Our colleagues in Washington DC might consider arranging a visit w/Chair Mc Ginty (you've probably already thought of or already done this!) but just in case, I thought I'd put it out there.

I'll be out of town in Manila, the Philippines at the NO NUKES ASIA FORUM until 10 September 1997, so please don't send me any emails expecting a quick answer! I hope to engage some international voices to speak out on Cassini while I'm there.

If you have other questions about the meeting, you could call Lisa Rothman, of the Northern California Stop Cassini Coalition, at 510.653.6842 or email Kevin Brower also of the Coalition, at

nomadic@wenet.net

To reach the Council on Environmental Quality:

Kathleen Mc Ginty Chair Council on Environmental Quality Old Executive Office Building, Room 360 Washington, D.C. 20502

tel: 202.456.6224 fax: 202.456.6546

internet: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CEQ

All the best,

Claire Greensfelder Project Coordinator INOCHI/Plutonium Free Future 1916-A Berkeley Way Berkeley, California 94703 tel:510.540.7645 fax:510.540.6159 eml:pff@igc.org or greensfelder@igc.org

Plutonium Free Future is A Project of INOCHI INOCHI ("life force in Japanese") is an international environmental organization with focal points in North America, Japan, and the Pacific Islands that works to promote safe, clean renewable sources of energy, to phase out nuclear power, and to support a ban on the research, testing, production, deployment and use of nuclear weapons. INOCHI also campaigns to support local communities and indigenous peoples fighting for independence and sovereignty and to end nuclear colonialism.

INOCHI sponsors a number of projects and campaigns including Plutonium Free Future, Rainbow Serpent: The PFF Women's Network, East Asia Awareness Project, Ten Millenium Future, Rokkasho Video Project, Terra Radio, The July 25/Rio Puerco Commemoration in San Francisco, and the Safe Energy Handbook Project. INOCHI is a 501 (c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of California.

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