Demonstration provides another side to Trinity

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To coincide with Saturday’s annual open house at the Trinity Site, the Tularosa Basin Downriders and Las Mujeres Hablan will convene a peaceful demonstration, informing the public and honoring those injured by the first atomic detonation.

The event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Stallion Range Station, east of San Anonio on Highway 380.

The two advocacy groups work with local communities, as well as federal and state legislators, to bring attention to health effects resulting from the atmospheric nuclear test that occurred in central New Mexico in 1945. Organizers will provide information on the expansion of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, to include all of New Mexico, as well as information on the dose reconstruction being conducted here by the National Institutes of Health.

One of the event’s organizers, Tina Cordova, said many New Mexicans have been suffering in silence ever since that first bomb exploded. She said those who were “unkowing, unwilling and uncompensated – injured in the world’s largest science experiment” need recognition.

“It’s time we reveal the rest of the story and make people aware of the entire legacy of Trinity.”