This year’s National Grassroots Summit on High-Level Radioactive Waste will be held March 16—18, 2018 in Chicago, IL.
This event is a follow up to the Dec 2016 High-Level Radioactive Waste Summit where 90+ activists came together for a very successful event. Attendance at the previous summit is not a requirement—but previous participants are encouraged to return, and to bring someone who will strengthen our diversity in age, race, income level, gender, and other dimensions!
A few important things to note:
1. This is a strategic planning summit, not a talking head, information conference. Participation is limited to grassroots activists working together for a non-nuclear energy future. Participants will be expected to do advance preparation prior to arriving. Materials will be posted online for people to review. Suggested actions and plans should be thought and written out in advance of the Summit. If you feel you cannot do this advance preparation, this Summit is probably not for you.
2. The Summit will convene Friday, March 16th at 6:00 pm with dinner, and conclude Sunday, March 18th at 4:00 pm. It will be held at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Cenacle Center has 88 beds available, singles and doubles, with communal bathrooms on each floor. We will assign rooms on a first-come, first-served basis, at Summit Planner discretion. No room refunds can be made after Feb. 15, 2018. A FEW rooms have private bathrooms. They will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Special consideration will be given to people with health issues, special bathroom requirements, again on an FC-FS basis. There is an option to commute from off-site for up to 12 people. Book early!
3. We have a scholarship fund and will provide funding to maximize our diversity, to include people from the most impacted communities, and to encourage people new to the issue, particularly younger activists. However, this event is not a “101” level; we assume some level of knowledge. In most cases, applicants for support will be expected to contribute part of the cost, and/or raise funds for part of the costs. Only very limited travel stipends will be awarded, so act soon to get the cheapest fares!
4. There will be satellite groups meeting Friday, March 17th. An option to stay at Cenacle Retreat Center on Thursday night is available. See registration form for more details.
- Conference fee $25 ($50 after Feb. 1; applies to BOTH residential and commuter applicants)
- Single room, Friday night, March 16th, and Saturday night, March 17th, $ 232.72 (incl. all meals/tax, Fri dinner thru Sun lunch)
- Double room, Friday night, March 16th, and Saturday night, March 17th, $ 187.56 /per person (incl. all meals/tax, Fri dinner thru Sun lunch)
- Commuter rate (meals only, no accommodations), $90.48 for both days
- OPTIONAL room stays (for pre- and post-events; no meals included; single-$84.66/night; double-$62.09 per person/night – must have 2 people, or else single rate applies).
For more information about registration and travel logistics contact Dave Kraft, or call (773) 342-7650.
For more general information, contact Mary Olson, or call (828) 252-840.
SUMMIT PLANNING COMMITTEE:
Co-Conveners: Dave Kraft, NEIS and Mary Olson, NIRS
CeeCee Anderson, GA WAND, Atlanta GA
Chris Williams, Citizen Action Network, Hancock VT
Cody Slama, Nuclear Issues Study Group, Albuquerque NM
Damon Motz-Story, OR and WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, Portland, OR
Deb Katz, Citizen Awareness Network, Shelburne Falls MA
Denise Jakobsberg, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Takoma Park MD
Leona Morgan, Nuclear Issues Study Group, Albuquerque NM
Lon Burnam, Texas
Molly Johnson, Mothers for Peace, San Luis Obispo CA