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Fundraiser for documentary “Crying Earth Rise Up!


A Fundraiser to support the completion of the documentary


Wed. October 30, 7 – 9 p.m.

NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey, Chicago

       $20 suggested donation (no one turned away, but make an offering; popcorn incl.!)

Film screening and discussion with filmmaker,

Suree Towfighnia of Prairie Dust Films, Chicago

Give on Kickstarter before Nov. 7    kickstarter page:

FB:         twitter: @cryingearthfilm  #cryingearthriseup

For more information:  NEIS, (773)342-7650,


Greetings All —

We hope you will be able to participate in the many upcoming events and activities currently in the works.  Please visit the NEIS Calendar on the NEIS webpage for more details and events:

Sen. Wyden’s Energy Committee just released a draft of the legislation  for public review and comment.  The comments from the public are due on Friday, May 24th online, and in hard copy. The webpage and instructions on how to submit comments on the draft bill can be found on the committee’s website here. The discussion draft, a one-page summary, section-by-section analysis, list of questions, and alternative policy options offered by Senators Alexander and Feinstein can be found here.  Documents from Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicate that Illinois near the top of the list of candidate sites.

NEIS opposes the CIS plans in the draft legislation.  If you would like background information on the CIS, contact NEIS, or visit the Beyond Nuclear webpage.

2.)  THURSDAY June 6, 7-9 p.m., NEIS office :  “NIGHT WITH THE EXPERTS #3” – Dr. Arjun Makhijani of IEER, speaking on Small Modular Reactors and Thorium Reactors:

IEER’s President Dr. Arjun Makhijani will join us for the third installment of the new “Night with the Experts” program NEIS has initiated. He will speak on the issue of Small Modular Reactors, Integral Fast Reactors and Thorium Reactors.  It would be helpful to submit questions in advance by e-mail to NEIS before June 4th, so we can submit them to Dr. Makhijani for preparation.

NWTE is a program set up to provide the latest information and training on nuclear issues, and sound environmental alternatives to the business as usual from the nuclear industry and the regulators.  Sessions are the first Thursday of each month and held at NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey #16, Chicago.

Please RSVP your intentions to come by Wednesday, June 5th, 6 p.m.

3.)  IL FRACKING LEGISLATION COMING CLOSE TO A VOTE IN SPRINGFIELD:  The Chicago Tribune reports that a “compromise” has been reached on the controversial “regulatory” fracking bill.  This means the IL Legislature may soon vote on the issue.  Please contact your Reps and Senator, and the Governor with your opinions about fracking.


Mountain of Waste Conference materials now available online!

waste logoNEIS has set up a page ( dedicated to the highly successful “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference, which took place Dec. 1-3 in Chicago. We’re posting presenter PowerPoints, photos, media links, testimonials, and URLs for the various sessions as they become available, among other things.  If you missed this historic gathering, you will be able to see what you missed.  If you were there, you can use this page as a reference source for the rich material that was presented by our stellar cast of presenters.  And finally, events like this don’t come spontaneously out of the ether, and don’t come cheaply.  If you’d like to see more Conferences of this quality, please make a contribution to NEIS now to show your support.  Click here, or go to our homepage and click the “Donate” button on the right

CAN-TV Chicago to Air “Mountain of Waste” Conference

waste logoThe “Mountain of Waste 70 Years High – Ending the Nuclear Age” Conference held in Chicago Dec. 1-3 will be available for viewing in Chicago on CAN-TV’s cable Channel 21 the weekends of Jan. 12-13, and 19-20.  If you’re a Chicago cable customer, you’ll be able to see the various Conference presentations on TV.
CAN-TV will also be posting each weekend’s offering on YouTube, approximately a week after each of the segments airs.  NEIS will post the URLs for these programs on its upcoming Conference Website, which is scheduled to be posted to the NEIS website late in the week of Jan. 7th
Saturday December 1st programs: Air Dates Begin January 12th 

Introduction & Those Impacted by Nuclear Energy (Field, Chavez, Iversen, Patterson, White Face, & Thurlow)
Sunday, January 13th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19The Way Forward Without Nuclear Energy: Carbon Free/Nuclear Free  (Dr. Arjun Makhijani)
Sunday, January 13th, 11:00 AM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Fukushima: The Never Ending Story
Sunday, January 13th, 12:30 PM, Channel 21
Friday, January 18th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

The Nuclear Power & Weapons Connection (Benedict, Gunter, Alvarez, Ulrich)
Sunday, January 13th, 1:30 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 17th, 10:00 AM, Channel 19

Nuclear Reactors & Weapons (Benedict & Gundersen)
Saturday, January 12th, 9:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 8:00 AM, Channel 19

Dr. Norma Field Keynote Presentation
Saturday, January 12th, 10:30 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 14th, 9:30 AM, Channel 19

Sunday, December 2nd programs: Air Dates Begin January 19th

History & Treatment of Waste (Gunter, D’Arrigo, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 9:00 AM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 1:00 PM, Channel 21

Transport & Future of Waste (Frishman & Kamps)
Sunday, January 20th, 10:30 AM, Channel 21
Tuesday,  January 22nd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

A Hibakusha’s View of the Nuclear Age
Sunday, January 20th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21
Wednesday,  January 23rd, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

The Way Forward Without Nuclear Power & Weapons (Junjohann, Yoshida, Makhijani)
Sunday, January 20th, 1:00 PM, Channel 21
Thursday, January 24th, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Commemoration of Victims of Nuclear Disasters
Saturday, January 19th, 8:00 PM, Channel 21
Monday,  January 21st, 12:00 PM, Channel 21

Web postings for Mountain of Waste Conference

Here is a growing list of the postings on YouTube of the Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age Conference in Chicago, Dec. 1-2, 2012

Media coverage:

70 years after first atomic reaction, anti-nuclear movement presses on
by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy Newsletter

Anti-nuclear groups visit waste site in Palos Township
by Steve Metsch, Southtown Star

Videos of Conference:

Day One of the Conference (raw footage from Multi-Kulti Center, Chicago):

  4. Parts 3 and 4 combined as 3
  6. Keynote:

Dr. Norma Field, Keynote address (Sat. Dec. 1, 2012):

Day Two

Fukushima: the Never Ending Story — Akiko Yoshida, Friends of the Earth, Tokyo (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago): 

Memorial Observance at the Henry Moore Sculpture to Nuclear Power (Sun. Dec. 2, 2012; CAN-TV Chicago):

Day Three

Has not been posted yet.

December Conference: A Mountain of Waste 70 Years High: Ending the Nuclear Age

Photo by Blanche H. Schroer

“Won’t you please come to Chicago – no one else can take your place!  We CAN change the world!…”
— Graham Nash

A Conference observing the 70th Anniversary of the 1st sustained chain reaction, and the birth of the Nuclear Age

On December 2, 1942, an experiment at the University of Chicago led by Enrico Fermi produced the world’s first human-made sustained chain reaction, and launched the Nuclear Age.  The Nuclear Age has not been kind to everyone —  beginning with the people of Japan.   The Faustian bargain continues to this day – with the Japanese again becoming nuclear victims after Fukushima, and the world threatened by the continued presence of both nuclear weapons and nuclear power radiation releases and wastes.

Building on the observation of previous conferences first 40, then 30 years ago, this Conference notes that to this day, not a single ounce of radioactive waste has been permanently disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. And it bears witness to those fellow humans to whom the Nuclear Age has been less than kind.

This is a call to come to the very birthplace of the Nuclear Age – memorialized by Henry Moore’s sculpture to Nuclear Energy (photo above), on the very site where Fermi’s experiment occurred – to remember its victims, and seriously question whether that Age has the right to continue among civilized human beings.

For more information, to offer help, or make tax deductible contributions:


Downloadable PDFs of Conference Materials:  (available the week of October 8th)

ACTION ALERT! 3 major issues need your action and participation this week.


Recent news accounts speak of a dangerously fragile and vulnerable condition of the Fukushima-4 reactor building and spent fuel pool.  Should the weakened Reactor-4 building collapse in a future earthquake aftershock, the spent fuel pool would undoubtedly rupture and lose cooling water, resulting in a catastrophic international disaster.  There are two things you can do to help prevent this international catastrophe from occurring:

1.       Get your organization to sign on to this letter from Japanese activist groups, calling for international assistance in stabilizing the building, and removing the spent fuel:

2.      Go to the NIRS website, and sign the petition for individuals, urging President Obama to provide swift support to the Japanese Government to stabilize Reactor Building-4:



Our colleagues at Beyond Nuclear (and others) have been tracking the recommendation of the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future calling for the rapid establishment of so-called “consolidated interim storage” HLRW facilities away from reactor sites.  This dangerous recommendation could proliferate both the number of waste sites and the amount of transportation of HLRW on America’s terrific roads, rails and waterway systems.  Further, Illinois would be a prime contender to host such a site.  Two actions are suggested:

1.       Contact Sen. Reid’s office, urging opposition of this proposal on the Senate Floor:

2.       Contact the offices of BOTH Sens. Durbin and Kirk by Monday, May 21, urging them to oppose this ill-conceived proposal.  We provide their contact info below:

Sen. Richard Durbin                                   Sen. Mark Kirk

(202)224-2152                                          (202)224-2854

(202)228-0400 fx                                      (202)228-4611 fx

(312)353-4952                                          (312)886-3506                    


NEIS will be marching for safe-energy and a less nuclear world during the upcoming NATO summit protests in Chicago.  We are participating in 2 events, and invite you to march with us, carrying signs and banners:

1.      Crime Busting March on Chicago’s Climate Crooks, Friday, May 18th, Daley Plaza (Clark & Washington) @ 1:30 p.m.

March with the NATO Environmental Alliance around the Chicago Loop as we issue warrants for arrest of the corporations and government organizations responsible for destabilizing our climate! These scoundrels have committed heinous crimes of environmental injustice, and we plan make citizen’s arrests on these perpetrators.  Exelon will be one of the stops.  Gather in Daley Plaza after the National Nurses Union march on Friday, May 18th.

2.      Environmental Contingent in CAN/G8 March & Rally,   Sunday, May 20th @ noon, NW side Petrillo Bandshell lawn in Grant Park (Columbus & Jackson).  Look for a green flag!

We’ll be marching in the HUGE permitted march with thousands of others calling for Planet over Profits and War.  We’ll have fun, creative imagery and signs for the march that show how our current system harms people and our planet and some that depict our vision for a just, earth-centered way forward.

RSVP on Facebook,

For more information, to confirm locations & RSVP, visit


NEIS will be showing “Rokkasho Rhapsody” on Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 p.m., at Multi-Kulti Center, 1000 N.  Milwaukee Ave., 4th floor, Chicago.  No charge. This is the story of Japanese anti-nuclear activism BEFORE Fukushima, as local Japanese rice farmers and fisherman try to stop a $20 billion reprocessing facility in Japan.  A beautiful movie, in Japanese style.

If you WANT a less-nuclear future, you’ll have to SUPPORT one, with both your time and your gifts.  We thank you for the actions you can take, and look forward to seeing you at these important events.

–Dave Kraft, Director–


This film series, sponsored by Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), is open to the public at no charge (unless otherwise noted).  Free-will donations are accepted to help pay license costs and to acquire new films.  Locations will vary in the second half of 2012.  Discussions follow films.

Download Schedule HERE.

4th Thursdays unless noted**




Feb. 23
6:30 p.m.

MultiKulti Center
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave

FRONTLINE:  Nuclear Aftershocks55 min., 2012
The controversial FRONTLINE show which aired in January examines the aftereffects of the Fukushima disaster on the future of nuclear power.

March 22
6:30 p.m.

MultiKulti Center
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave

Into Eternity
78 min, 2010
An examination of nuclear waste disposal from a perspective rarely considered, using the ongoing construction of the Onkolo nuclear waste dump in Finland as the backdrop.  Haunting and powerful.

April 26
6:30 p.m.

MultiKulti Center
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave

The Battle of Chernobyl
90 min, 2006
Perhaps the best documentary about the Chernobyl disaster ever made, shown on the 26th anniversary of the event.  Significant in that it explores the event from a largely Eastern European standpoint.

May 24
6:30 p.m.

MultiKulti Center
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave

Rokkosho Rhapsody
119 min., 2006(NOTE: a voluntary collection for Japanese relief efforts will be taken)
Documents the struggles of local Japanese villagers and fishermen to stop the controversial and insanely costly Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing facility.  Pre-
Fukushima activism.  Artistically beautiful – and heartbreaking.

June 28
6:30 p.m.


Deep Green: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now
90 min., 2011
Can the world really do without nuclear power?  You bet it can!  This documentary examines how to tackle global warming through the de-carbonization of energy – without using nuclear power.

July 26
6:30 p.m.


Dechets — Waste98 min, 2009
Nuclear waste – what to do with it?  France reprocesses theirs; shouldn’t we?  This Arte documentary shows why not, and how polluting it is.

August 23
6:30 p.m.


September 27
6:30 p.m.


October 25
6:30 p.m.


November 15**
6:30 p.m.


December 27
6:30 p.m.


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