Board News

Los Alamos Study Group “Call for Sanity”

At its August meeting the Board of the Unitarian Congregation of Taos voted to
endorse the “Call for Sanity” of the Los Alamos Study Group. The statement reads as
follows:

Further development and manufacturing of nuclear weapons by the United States
undermines the ethical basis of our society, breaks treaties our nation has signed,
wastes our nation’s wealth, and permanently contaminates our environment while
undermining true U.S. national security.

New Mexico’s two nuclear weapons labs lead the world in spending for weapons of
mass destruction. But as the labs have grown, our state’s relative economic standing
has declined and now trails almost all other states. We are consistently ranked at or
near the bottom of all states in overall “child well-being.”

We cannot build our society, nurture our children, inspire our youth, or improve our
communities by investing in apocalyptic nightmares.

At Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), plutonium warhead core (“pit”)
production is slated to begin in 2025 and ramp up through the mid-2020s long before
any “need” related to maintaining current US nuclear weapons, at current
deployment levels. LANL’s pit production program is required only for producing
new warheads as soon as possible, not for maintaining any old ones.

We call upon our elected officials to:
• Oppose plutonium warhead core (“pit”) production at LANL first and foremost,
but also elsewhere.
• Oppose the design, testing, and production of new and “upgraded” nuclear
weapons.
• Prioritize removal and disposal of approximately 16,120* drums of legacy
plutonium waste from LANL over production of additional nuclear waste from
nuclear weapons.
• Choose human security, community resilience, and environmental protection
over nuclear weapons production and our bloated military, which (until the
special covid relief acts of 2021 and 2022) consumed two-thirds of federal
discretionary spending. We can no longer delay. We must use every opportunity,
at every level of government, to prioritize human needs, invest in our
communities, and build a more just and sustainable society.

*As of July 27, 2022

Board Minutes

2024

January 13, 2024

2023

December 16, 2023
November 18, 2023
October 22, 2023
October 7, 2023
September 16, 2023
August 17, 2023
July 15, 2023
June 24, 2023
May 20, 2023
April 15, 2023
March 18, 2023
February 18, 2023
January 22, 2023 – Annual Meeting
January 14, 2023

2022

December 17, 2022
November 19, 2022
October 15, 2022
September 17, 2022
August 20, 2022
July 19, 2022
June 18, 2022
May 14, 2022
April 16, 2022
March 26, 2022
February 19, 2022
January 23, 2022 – Annual Meeting

2021
December 18, 2021
November 20, 2021
October 16, 2021
September 18, 2021
August 21, 2021
July 17, 2021
June 19, 2021
May 15, 2021
April 17, 2021
March 20, 2021
February 20, 2021
January 31, 2021 – UCOT Annual Meeting

2020
December 19, 2020
November 21, 2020
October 17, 2020
September 12, 2020
August 15, 2020
July 18, 2020
June 27, 2020
May 16, 2020
April 18, 2020
January 16, 2020 
February 2, 2020 – Annual Meeting
March 7, 2020

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