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New documentary takes aim at nuclear industry; to be shown Saturday at HCHS

SoVaNow.com / July 08, 2013
We The People of Virginia, Inc. will present a special preview showing of the new documentary, “Hot Water,” this Saturday night, July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Halifax County High School auditorium.

Present for the showing will be the film’s producer, Liz Rogers, who will be bringing her film crew to add a segment on the local uranium mining fight which is under way in Virginia.

An executive producer of the documentary is Elizabeth Kucinich, whose husband, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, ran for president in 2008. The former Ohio congressman also is a supporter of the film, which made its world premiere Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival in March.

The film has drawn extensive media coverage in outlets ranging from POLITICO to Fox News Business. Dennis Kucinich told POLITICO that “Hot Water” “is an important film because it takes people through what is really the initial stage of that fuel cycle, the mining of uranium and the poisoning of water supplies.

“This industry has too much influence. The industry is all about profits. They’re not about public safety. And, so, I think this film is important to get people thinking about the broader issues of nuclear power,” Kucinich said in the interview.

Jack Dunavant of We The People calls the documentary “a riveting film which graphically exposes the uranium mining industry in a shocking way — one that will make you fighting mad and make you want to do something about it.”

Dunavant is appealing to local residents to turn out to fill the school’s auditorium for the Saturday night film showing. All regional groups fighting uranium mining and all major donors will be recognized at the event.

Opponents of the mine were able to maintain the state’s ban on uranium mining during the last state legislative session, but reports indicate that Virginia Uranium is working hard to bring the issue back before the next legislative session by sponsoring wine festivals and barbecue cook-outs to get people to sign job creation petitions, urging state leaders to lift the ban on uranium mining.

Saturday’s event is being co-sponsored by the Roanoke River Basin Association, the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, Keep the Ban, The Virginia Coalition, PRIDE and others.

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Looking forward to this!

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I have a real problem with the county public schools or for that matter ANY publicly owned property being used as a forum for this propaganda- and that is ALL IT IS, is propaganda. Fear-driven propaganda.

You want to spread it, find a privately owned venue and stop trying to use the (taxpayer-funded) schools to indoctrinate young minds against progress.

That is, unless you're willing to give opposing viewpoints equal access and time.

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How can this be viewed as targeted towards the students? Unless they have Saturday night summer school in Halifax county these days. That group might have rented the school for their film showing, I don't know. I do share the concern that if you allow one group to use taxpayer property, then aren't you pretty well obligated to allow all groups to use those facilities?


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