Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Christian Peacemakers in Jonesborough

Christian Peacemaker Teams Stop Depleted Uranium Weapons

Christian Peacemaker Teams and Green Appalachian Progressives will release helium-filled balloons to investigate how airborne contaminants would travel from the site of the Aerojet Ordnance plant on Old State Road 34, Jonesborough. The balloons will contain a message requesting their finders to contact Green Appalachian Progressives with information regarding where and when they were found.



The message reads as follows:

PEACE BE WITH YOU,

THIS BALLOON WAS RELEASED ON MAY 22, 2007 ACROSS THE ROAD FROM AEROJET ORDNANCE TENNESSEE, AN AMERICAN COMPANY THAT MAKES WEAPONS FROM RADIOACTIVE WASTE LEFT OVER FROM THE URANIUM ENRICHMENT PROCESS. THESE URANIUM MUNITIONS ARE USED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN, AND OUR TROOPS ARE EXPOSED TO THEIR RADIOACTIVE GASES AFTER THESE BOMBS EXPLODE.

AMERICA'S OWN SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALONG WITH IRAQI AND AFGHANI FAMILIES, ARE SUFFERING FROM ABOVE-NORMAL INCIDENCES OF BIRTH DEFECTS, AS WELL AS THE SYMPTOMS OF HEAVY METAL AND RADIATION POISONING. IF YOU RECEIVED THIS BALLOON, YOU MAY HAVE BREATHED POLLUTANTS EMITTED BY AEROJET ORDNANCE, 1367 OLD STATE ROUTE 34, JONESBOROUGH, TN 37659 U.S.A.

PLEASE HELP US LEARN THE REACH OF AEROJET'S AIR EMISSIONS BY MAILING THIS BALLOON BACK TO US AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS. AND FEEL FREE TO WRITE TO AEROJET AND YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TOO.

THANK YOU, IN ADVANCE, FOR MAILING BACK THIS BALLOON AND INCLUDING YOUR RETURN ADDRESS.

Christian Peacemaker Teams is a faith-based organization that supports violence reduction efforts around the world. It has its roots in the Mennonite Church, Church of the Brethren and the Religious Society of Friends. CPT trains and sends violence-reduction teams to support local peacemakers working in situations of violent conflict and areas of militarization.

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