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Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship Project Seeks Applicants for Part-time Communications Coordinator

In Environment, Jefferson Parkway, Nuclear Guardianship, Plutonium, Public Health, Rocky Flats, Wildlife Refuge on May 24, 2013 at 12:38 am

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship Project is hiring a quarter-time Communications Coordinator.

Background:  The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s Rocky Flats Nuclear Guardianship project (RFNG) is embarking on a campaign to prevent the Jefferson Parkway from being built on the edge of the site of the former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility, on ground contaminated with plutonium. RFNG’s overall purpose is to create a culture of nuclear guardianship in the Denver metro area. We acknowledge that because highly toxic plutonium is already in the environment in and around the former Rocky Flats facility, we humans now and in the future need to protect local residents and visitors from exposure to this contamination insofar as possible. In addition to preventing the construction of the “plutonium parkway” RFNG is committed to keeping the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge closed to the public, and to re-evaluating the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons factory site with standards that better protect the public from the contamination that remains in the area.

Additional Campaign Goals include increasing public awareness of the danger of radioactive materials (no safe dose), building a grassroots base of support through outreach to a broad range of constituencies, and increasing RFNG membership and participation.

Communications Coordinator Job Description: 

The communications coordinator will work collaboratively with the RFNG project in planning and implementing the campaign to stop the “plutonium parkway.” The main focus of the job will be to maintain and update the RFNG website, the RFNG Facebook page, and other social media networks. The job may also include design and production of campaign support materials, organizing public meetings, and consulting with canvassers.

Desired skills and experience:     

  • Knowledge of nuclear issues, both in Colorado and beyond
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to be a team player and capable of self direction
  • Computer proficiency including word processing, Power Point, email, website management, social media and SALSA
  • Ability to work with a wide array of stakeholders and affected communities
  • Sensitivity to social justice work and issues related specifically to age, class, race, and gender impacts
  • Committed to principles of nonviolence
  • Experience working with a membership base and familiarity with electronic membership building tools a plus
  • Creative ingenuity and graphic design abilities a plus
  • Background in a science-related field a plus
  • English-Spanish bilingual skills a plus

Further job details:  Salary is $17 per hour, 10 hours per week. Some of the work can be done at home and some at the RMPJC office. The position will be filled as soon as we find the appropriate person.

To apply:  Applicants should send a resume including relevant work experience, three personal references, and a short paragraph explaining “why I am a good fit for the job.” Applications should be sent to rfnuclearguardianship@gmail.com.

Honoring Kristen Iversen’s FULL BODY BURDEN: GROWING UP IN THE NUCLEAR SHADOW OF ROCKY FLATS. Good karma and bad.

In Democracy, Environment, Public Health, Rocky Flats on May 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

Every year in the spring the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability presents awards in Washington, DC, to those who have made major contributions over the previous year to efforts to end production of nuclear weapons and get responsible management of nuclear waste and the maximum possible cleanup of contaminated sites. One award presented on April 16, 2013, went to Kristen Iversen for her book, FULL BODY BURDEN: GROWING UP IN THE NUCLEAR SHADOW OF ROCKY FLATS. I had the honor of presenting this award. Here is the text of my remarks honoring her.

It is my distinct pleasure to present an ANA award to Kristen Iversen. Kristen, as many here know, last year published to great acclaim a book called Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats. This beautifully written work intertwines two very personal narratives, one of life within a dysfunctional family residing in a sort of suburban paradise, the other one of gradually awakening to what it means to live immediately downwind of a dysfunctional nuclear weapons plant. No recent work in this field has attracted so large a readership so quickly. Critics are set back by its close documentation, especially on matters of ongoing controversy, while the open-hearted are won over by Kristen’s very direct communication.

I wish to address Kristen’s relation to karma. I refer not to her sister, Karma, but to the Hindu/Buddhist principle that what has been sown in past lives is reaped in present and future ones. People often think of karma as simply an individual matter, but it’s also a social reality, a very profound one. A society reaps what it has sown. It brings its fate upon itself. A given society – say the society of the USA – is at any given moment the inevitable and irrevocable product of its past. The culture of a society, the collective human habit of its people, shapes that society for good or ill.

Thus the USA of 2013 is a karmic expression of our imperial, racist, patriarchal, genocidal and ecocidal past. The nuclear menace that ANA addresses is a fateful expression of what has gone before. It exists not simply because our government corralled the scientists who could produce the bomb at just the time we had the political leadership willing, even eager, to use it, so use it we did to the applause of most of the people, who thereafter, with few exceptions, willingly paid the taxes to keep the nuclear behemoth alive, decade after decade, despite the local hazard and the global threat. We had conquered a continent; we could conquer the world. Collectively, some very large portion of the people of the USA created the karmic fate that now confronts us. How we respond creates the karma future generations must deal with.

Enter Kristen Iversen, a very gifted woman who applies her gifts in a frank, honest, compelling and compassionate addressing of the bad karma that Rocky Flats demonstrates. In Colorado, we are just now experiencing a renaissance of activism focused on the poisonous legacy of the defunct Rocky Flats nuclear bomb plant. We are witnessing a new awakening of people who, very much because of Kristen Iversen, have a deep awareness of the karmic harm rendered by the DOE, its contractors and its regulators at Rocky Flats. And they are saying NO. Kristen’s good karma is already manifesting itself.

Thank you, Kristen.

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