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Healing the Harms of Nuclear Testing
Each year, the anniversaries of the atomic blasts that leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remind us of nuclear weapons’ consequences. One consequence, often overlooked, is the harm caused to numerous Americans by domestic nuclear testing. In 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Compensation Exposure Act (RECA) to address the grievous harms and lasting health impacts in communities located near nuclear testing sites. This year, Congress could extend and expand this program to help address the cascading and compounding impact of the nuclear arms race. Join lead nuclear disarmament lobbyist Allen Hester for a conversation about the domestic impact of nuclear testing and how living out Quaker testimonies for peace and integrity call us to advocate with communities who still bear the scars of our country’s nuclear history. As we work collectively for a world free of nuclear weapons, we must also reckon with what those weapons have already done.