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CNY peace conference slated for April 25

On Saturday, April 25 Peace Action of Central New York will hold its

third annual Peace Conference at the New York Sate United Teachers office,

Brittonfield Park in East Syracuse, just off 481, Exit 7. The subject is A Nuclear Free Future: Confronting Today's Challenges to Nuclear Abolition.

Registration for the conference starts at 12:30 p.m. The conference will begin with an Activist Workshop from 1 until 2 p.m.

The keynote speakers, Linda and Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear will lead the workshop. Linda and Paul have been engaged in supporting grass roots participation challenging the use and construction of nuclear power plants and advocating for the abolition of our nuclear arsenal. Also participating in this workshop will be members of CARD, the Cortland citizens who were successful in the 1980s when they prevented New York from using their area for a nuclear waste dump site. Andy Mager, (from the Syracuse Peace Council) who was part of that group, will be among the participants. From 2:30p.m. until 4:30p.m. the Gunters will deliver the keynote address followed by a panel discussion and questions and answers. Also invited is newly elected

Congressman, Dan Maffei, and Larry Wittner, Professor of History, SUNY

Albany and National Peace Action board member to participate on the panel.

About Linda Gunter

She is the media and development specialist for Beyond Nuclear. Prior to creating Beyond Nuclear, she worked as a journalist, in public relations and led the media and development efforts at three national environmental nonprofit organizations.

She is the co-author, with Paul Gunter, of Licensed to Kill, a landmark report on the impact to marine animals from the routine operation of coastal nuclear reactors. Linda also wrote a wonderful article about activism in the little Italian town of Scanzano in the province of Basilicata. Following a 15-day popular uprising in this small southern Italian town in November 2003, its supporters defeated government plans to create a national nuclear waste dump site there. Over 100,000 people turned out on November 23, 2003 to protest in a province with a population the size of Onondaga County 600,000.

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