Trinity Downwinders 2nd Annual Benefit (Rental)
March 17, 2019
1 to 5 pm
Trinity Downwinders 2nd Annual Benefit being held to raise funds for members of the TBDC to travel to Washington, DC for further Congressional Hearings. There was a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on June 27, 2018, which was attended by over 12 members of the TBDC. Members of the TBDC are preparing to travel to Washington, DC for hearings on expanding the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include the people of New Mexico. Members will testify before Congress on the negative health effects suffered by the people of New Mexico due to the over exposure to radiation after the July 16, 1945, nuclear detonation (atomic bomb). Many people living in and around the Trinity Test Site (150 mile radius) have suffered and continue to suffer with health problems since the time of the test.
RECA was passed in 1990 by the US Government to provide health care coverage and compensation to downwinders from other parts of the country but has never included the people of New Mexico. The fund has paid out over 2.3 Billion Dollars in reparations to downwinders in parts of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Colorado but never to New Mexico downwinders. It also provides the best health care coverage available with no limits, deductibles, co-payments, etc.
The TBDC has the full support of the New Mexico Congressional delegation. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are co-sponsors of the bill to amend RECA to include the people of New Mexico. Representative Ben Ray Lujan is the primary sponsor on the House side and both bills have bi-partisan support in the US Congress. Newly elected Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham is also in support of the bills to amend RECA.
Musicians Featured: New Mexico 2018 Hall of Fame recipient Franc Chewiwie & the Latin Jazz AllStars and Paul Pino & The Tone Daddies and *Nosotros
Tickets: $20/person, $35/couple. Children under 12 free. Tickets can be purchased at door. Cash/Checks only payable to CCNS (Tax Deductible). Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) is the fiscal nonprofit agent for the TBDC .
Gold Sponsor: Sandia Resort & Casino
In-Kind Sponsors: National Hispanic Cultural Center and Marketing Strategies, Inc.
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