The historic Golden Rule peace boat, restored by Veterans For Peace, will dock in Santa Cruz on Monday, September 14 during her voyage from San Diego to her homeport (Eureka) on California's north coast. There will be a press conference covering the arrival on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:30 am at the plaza adjacent to Café El Palomar, 2222 East Cliff Drive (near the Crow's Nest).
In 1958, this 30-foot Ketch and her Quaker crew helped to ignite an international movement to stop the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons when they attempted to sail into a nuclear test zone in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). The Golden Rule is now sailing again to promote a nuclear-free world. Over the next ten years, she will carry her message of peace around the United States and possibly throughout the world.
The Marshall Islands suffered catastrophic and irreparable damages when the U.S. conducted 67 nuclear tests on their territory between 1946 and 1958. These tests had the equivalent power of exploding 1.6 Hiroshima bombs daily for 12 years. The devastating impact of these nuclear detonations to the health and well-being of the Marshall Islanders and their land continues to this day. Last year, the RMI initiated the Nuclear Zero Lawsuits, seeking to hold the nuclear-armed nations to their obligations under international law to negotiate in good faith for nuclear disarmament.
"Nuclear weapons are still with us and the threat of nuclear war is very real," said the Golden Rule's Captain Ron Kohl of San Diego. "We are dismayed that the U.S. government plans to invest $1 trillion over the next 30 years upgrading its nuclear arsenal, instead of reducing and eliminating nuclear weapons, as called for in the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty."
David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and consultant to the Marshall Islands in their lawsuit, said "The Golden Rule and her first crews have historical significance in courageously sailing into nuclear test sites in the RMI. Today, the Golden Rule sails for a nuclear-free world under the leadership of Veterans for Peace and deserves the support of people everywhere."
The Golden Rule will be welcomed by the Santa Cruz Chapter of Veterans For Peace, members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and other community members. She will be moored at the public docks in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. She will be available for public viewing, interviews of the crew, and possible sails, as well.
"We were planning to make it to Santa Cruz (in July), but we didn't want to sail in after dark," said a crew member. "We appreciate that many friends and supporters of the Golden Rule are offering assistance, so we are really looking forward to visiting Santa Cruz in September.
To follow the progress of the Golden Rule and make donations, see her website: www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org
The Crew is also happy to have individuals visit the boat in the harbor while it is here. They will be docked at the "public docks". And, they will even give folks rides on the boat by prearrangement on Tuesday and Wednesday! They can take 6 passengers at a time for sails that range from one to two hours. These are totally FREE, although donations are certainly welcomed!! Call Gerry Condon to prearrange a personal or small group visit or ride: 206-499-1220
On Tuesday evening, Helen Jaccard, one of the crew members, will speak briefly at Manifesting Peace!, a presentation and discussion sponsored by the Santa Cruz Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), at Sorrento Oaks Mobile Home Park, in the Clubhouse, 800 Brommer St., near the corner of 7th Avenue.
Starts at 6:30 PM - please park in designated visitor spaces only, or on Brommer Street - carpooling is recommended!
Power to the Peaceful, and may nuclear weapons, and power, become a thing of the past.