About a dozen anti-nuclear weapons activists began a 30-mile march from Walnut Creek to Livermore on Wednesday morning against nuclear weapons and war.
A group of protestors left the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center with banners and signs on March 27 and walked 12 miles to Peace Lutheran Church in Danville. The group wants to bring attention to the upgrading of nuclear weapons and encourage conversion of the labs to a more peaceful use.
"We are very much against nuclear weaponry and the upgrading of it, it's a waste of taxpayer money and we believe we should stop using them," said the center's Margli Auclair. "They should use that money for more pressing scientific needs, climate change, solar energy, renewable things that would solve problems rather than contribute."
Marchers will spend the night at Peace Lutheran on Camino Tassajara in Danville and walk 17 miles to the Quality Inn in Livermore using city streets to increase awareness. The group will walk to the entrance of the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab at 6:45 a.m. on the morning of Good Friday for an annual Mass and rally.
Eighty-two-year-old Bob Hanson has been participating in similar rallies for over 20 years and said he hopes to bring awareness to the "very real problem" of nuclear war. Hanson said there have been many close calls that would have eliminated human life and will continue to speak about the possibility of nuclear war.
"Although each person individually won't make much of a difference, the collective concern will continue to bring awareness to the cause," he said.
The event is sponsored by the Ecumenical Peace Institute, and will consist of a procession to the lab gates, stations of the cross and nonviolent acts of witness. Hanson expects between 75 and 100 attendees at this year's event. About 25 to 30 will get arrested, he estimated.
Lawrence Lab Officials did not return calls for comment.
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