While many teens and college students will be roped along on family road trips this summer, cringing in the backseat of the minivan as their parents sing along to the Starland Vocal Band and Captain and Tennille, one group of Millennials will be road tripping across the country as social activists.
The nationwide, youth-led nuclear abolition campaign Think Outside the Bomb has spent the last four months traveling across the country, stopping at revolutionary hotspots to spread a message of nuclear disarmament. By the end of their tour in August at Los Alamos, N.M., the birthplace of the atomic bomb, the tour will have stopped at more than 50 cities.
TOTB will stop at the Boise State Student Union as the culminating event for the Youth Conference on Responsible Energy. On Friday, June 25, the tour will hit Donnie Mac's.
The event's host, Snake River Alliance, is working to build a local movement to stop the French nuclear power company Areva from building a $4 billion uranium enrichment plant in Eastern Idaho. The alliance cites nuclear waste, financial costs and proliferation risk as reasons to stop the facility from being built.
Andrea Shipley, executive director of SRA, hopes that people who attend the workshop will begin to "see the links within the nuclear fuel cycle between nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear waste."
The event will feature puppetry, music from Bad Heart Bull, Robert Jensen of Third Coast Activist and information about the nuclear industrial complex. The tour will also be at the Boise Rec Fest on Saturday, June 26, in Ann Morrison Park.
Friday, June 25, 6-9 p.m., Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine, 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008.