The community is invited to join the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium at two White Sands Missile Range entrances during the Trinity Site open house Saturday, April 1 to support those who have been negatively affected by radiation exposure from the first atomic test there July 16, 1945.
Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the Consortium will gather at the Tularosa Gate, on Tulie Gate Road west of Tularosa High School, for a one-hour peaceful demonstration. Beginning at 9 a.m., they will gather at the Stallion Range Station, east of San Antonio on Highway 380, for a three-hour peaceful demonstration. Participants should bring their own water, chair, hat and poster or sign.
According to Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
(CCNS), just before dawn July 16, 1945, the U.S. government conducted the first test explosion of a plutonium bomb at the Trinity Site. Without warning, the 40,000 people living in the immediate vicinity were engulfed in a radioactive cloud that continued to rain down radioactive particles for days, weeks and months. The government packed their bags, turned their backs and walked away. For 72 years it has taken no responsibility for the health repercussions to the People.