Rocky Flats Truth Force
40th Anniversary Reunion
April 27- 29, 2018
By LeRoy Moore On April 29, 1978, at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant 16 miles northwest of central Denver, Colorado, a small group of peace activists split off from a larger protest rally and spontaneously formed the Rocky Flats Truth Force. The phrase...
Thursday, April 26: Doctor Strangelove, 7 pm, Thalacker Room, Wulsin Hall, Naropa Univ., 2130 Arapahoe Ave. To park, go south on 19th, left on first street to the end.
Friday, April 27: Facing Rocky Flats Art Exhibit, 6 pm, Canyon Theater and Gallery, Boulder Public Library, 2130 Arapahoe Ave. Jeff Gipe’s event precedes the planned opening of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibition uses art and oral history to explore the past, present and future of this contentious site.
Saturday, April 28: All events happen at Unity Spiritual Center, 2855 Folsom St.
- 9:30-10:30 am: Is the law being broken at Rocky Flats? With attorney Randall Weiner & LeRoy Moore, PhD. Summary of the legal situation of federal laws being broken, with emphasis on the fact that the lawsuit delays things while encouraging public support for keeping the Refuge closed to the public. Several schoolboards are vetoing student visits to the Refuge.
- 10:45-11:45 am: The Laws of the Bomb. With Robert Del Tredici. He refers not to the laws of physics but to the laws of public perception. In spite of the dreadful nature of the Bomb, it has proven time and again to be culturally elusive and often downright invisible. It has somehow been able to stop thought while it redefines its role, deepens its hold, and proliferates throughout the world. Nine months after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed, Einstein expressed what may be called The First Law of the Bomb: “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our mode of thinking and therefore we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”
- 12:00-2:00 pm: Lunch: Food venders will be on site. The Vegetable Express; SAMPLES Food Truck; Los Dos Bros
- 1:00-2:00 pm: Decision at Rocky Flats, a film documenting the struggle of nuclear protestors at Rocky Flats
- 2:00-3:00 pm: The Cover-Up of Rocky Flats Crimes. With Jon Lipsky, who led the 1989 FBI raid on Rocky Flats, and Wes McKinley, foreman of the Rocky Flats Grand Jury.
- 3:15-4:15 pm. Honesty is the Greatest Legacy. What can we learn from the Truth Force to empower movements today? With Tiffany Hansen, founder of Rocky Flats Downwinders, and Sasha Stiles, MD. In this interactive workshop we will discuss the history of Rocky Flats activist groups. What can we learn from the Truth Force that we can apply today to help community groups be more effective. How can we use social media to organize on a larger scale? How can we talk to younger people about our nuclear legacy? Learn more about Rocky Flats Downwinders, our mission and goals, and help us brainstorm responses to the challenges we face in outreach and awareness building.
- 4:30-5:30 pm: Truth Force Panel. With Elena Klaver, Evan Freirich, Scott Albers, LeRoy Moore, Chet Tchozewski. Members of the Truth Force crew will discuss the then-and-now of being involved in the Rocky Flats Truth Force.
- 5:30 pm: Break for Dinner
- 7:00 pm: Skype talk with Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, known as the whistleblower who released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The recent Oscar-nominated drama, The Post, centers on his 1971 actions. Ellsberg is also fondly remembered by local residents for being part of the original Rocky Flats Truth Force. On April 28, 1979, he joined about 15,000 people protesting the plant’s mishandling of radioactive materials used in making nuclear weapons. He details unknown information about nuclear weapons in his new book, The Doomsday Machine. The required $20 ticket is available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3320828 For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/169357827015708/
Sunday, April 29:
- 9 am-3pm: Active Hope and Nuclear Guardianship: The Work that Reconnects, a workshop at Nalanda Events Center, Naropa, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. with Kathleen Sullivan and Christopher Hormel. No late arrivals or early departures. Join others to stop exposure to Rocky Flats contamination. The process, developed by Joanna Macy, will help you turn despair into action.
- 4:30 pm, Rocky Flats film screenings, Canyon Theater and Gallery, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.
- Dark Circle, world premier of the newly re-mastered version, with film-maker Judy Irving. This award-winning documentary, widely distributed in the early ‘80s, shows the links between nuclear weapons and power and their impact on ordinary people.
- On the Tracks at Rocky Flats: This short documentary about the “Truth Force” protests at Rocky Flats in 1978-79. Thousands attended, hundreds were arrested. “On the Tracks” was directed is by Erik Sween and stars Joe Daniel.
The Half-Life of Memory: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear Trigger: This film exposes the ongoing and incredible true story of the Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory, located just outside of Denver, Colorado