We need bodies in front of Indian Point on March 11 and we need donations now to help cover the cost of tickets for our Japanese visitors.
The Sierra Club, Lower Hudson Chapter, has offered us a matching grant.
If we can raise $1,000 from our membership they will match it. If everyone writes a check for $25 (or whatever is affordable) we can do this.
Regard it as membership dues in a very good cause. Write your check now! Make it out to Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition and mail it to IPSEC, PO Box 131, Ossining, NY 10562-0131.
For more information call the IPSEC number at 1-888474-8848 and leave a message. Your call will be returned promptly.
Sunday, March 4, 5:00 pm Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NYC,. Following inFatal Footsteps. Visiting Japanese experts on disaster relief, radiation, and evacuation meet with the public. Mr Saburo, a contract laborer at Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power plant and union organizer, will talk about his first hand experiences in the relief efforts following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Chris Williams, author of Ecology and Socialism – Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis, will also talk about his recent visit to Japan.
Organizer: Chris Williams, .of Shut Down Indian Point Now, is a long time environmental activist, and adjunct professor at Pace University, where he teaches courses in energy and the environment, physics, and chemistry.He is also the chair of the Science Department at Packer Collegiate Institute, and vice president of the Union of Adjunct Faculty at Pace. 646-234-0553, [email protected]mail.com
Monday, March 5, 6:30 pm, Connie Hogarth Center for Social Action, Manhattanville College,290 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY, 914-694-2200,. Eyewitness Fukushima. First Responders Conference.. Opening Remarks by former County Executive Andy Spano followed by reports from visiting Japanese experts. The same experts will act as a panel to answer questions from first responders. American experts will also speak and answer questions from the audience. Complete program is available.
Contact the organizer, Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. 845-807-1270, [email protected].
Tuesday, March 6, 8 to 9 pm Eco-Logic, , with program producer, Ken Gale, live interview on WBAI, 99.5 FM or live streamed on http//www.wbai.org,. The topic is Fukushima, the guests include Professor Chris Williams, an author and teacher at pace University who has recently returned from Japan, Minori Nakamura, who has been organizing events about the anniversary of the disaster and other guests.
Wednesday, March 7, 5 to 6pm,3394 Crompond Road (Route 202) in front of Chase Bank, across the street from BJ’s.. Silent Vigil in honor of the lives lost in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima. . Bring your own sign or use one of ours.
. Organizer.- Dale Saltzman, Call IPSEC at 1-888-847-8848 for directions and more information. Your call will be returned promptly
Thursday, March 8, 9:30 am, Wall Street, Zucotti Park, 1 Liberty Plaza, NYC,:No More Fukushimas Peace Walkers They are walking from the oldest reactor in the country, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, to Indian Point and then on to Vt. Yankee. The walk will connect all three reactor communities. On this day they will walk from Wall Street to the George Washington Bridge. Join them for all or part of the walk.
Organizer: Christian Collins, [email protected], c413320-2856 and with the walk, Jules Orkin 201-566-8403.
Thursday, March 8, 6:00pm, Puffin Institute, Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey.
Potluck with the Peace Walkers and Informational Program with Mr Saburo, a Japanese activist and contract worker at Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power plant. He has come to the United States to tell the story of the victims of the catastrophic release of radiation at Fukushima. Also presenting, Mr. Syd Goodman, author of Asleep at theGeiger Counter and long time critic of the nuclear industry.
Thursday, March 8th, 4 to 6pm, Stony Brook, Meeting of the Environmental Club. A Name of Japanese professor and Tomoi Zeimer will speak to the Stony Brook Environmental Club. All are welcome.
Friday, March 9, Press event with Mr Saburo. Details to be announced.
Sunday, March 11, Union Square, NYC,[time?] We Are Pregnant With Fear of Radiation. Demonstrators will wear a balloon under their clothes; and march to the Japanese Embassy to stomp the balloons and demand better protection from radiation for the children and all people of Fukushima.
Sunday, March 11, 1:00, Shop Rite on South Riverside Avenue (Route 9/9A)near the train station in Croton-On-Hudson.. Meet the No More Fukushimas Peace Walkers and walk with them as they set off on the final leg of their journey to Indian Point. Leo Wiegman, Mayor of Croton, will present the walkers with a Proclamation of Support. Walk with them all or part of the way to Indian Point. They have a support vehicle available which can take people back to their cars as needed.
Sunday, March 11, 3:30, Meet at the Gates of Indian Point300 Bleakley Street at the intersection of Bleakley and Broadway, Buchanan. . Sponsored by the Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Sierra Club,- Lower Hudson Chapter and Riverkeeper.
Be there for the body count. We need to demonstrate to the general public and the press that closing Indian Point remains a big deal. We have had demonstrations at this site in the past. Entergy no longer uses this as an entrance but there is a big Entergy sign and room to gather. If the space becomes crowded, people can line the sides of the road to greet the Peace Walkers as they approach.
Organizer,: Marilyn Elie, IPSEC, c914-954-6739, [email protected] ,and many other amazing organizers and volunteers.
Press Conference, 3:30, moderated by Mark Jacobs. Mr Saburo, a contract laborer at Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power plant and an union organizer will talk about his first hand experiences in the relief efforts following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Gary Null will speak about heath issues associated with Indian Point. Paul Gallay of Riverkeeper and Manna Jo Green of Clearwater will speak as well.
Vigil, about 4:00,The No More Fukushimas Peace Walkers arrive and the Vigil will begin. The Vigil will be led by Jun San Yasuda, a Buddhist nun from the Grafton Peace Pagoda. Jun San walks for peace and a nuclear free world. She has recently returned from Japan and will lead the Vigil in the Buddhist tradition using her prayer drum and chanting . All are welcome to participate.
Potluck, 5:00, at the Old School House, 210 6th Street, Verplanck. The Old School House is 1.5 miles from Indian Point. Walk or drive west on Broadway. You will see numbered streets starting with 14th Street. Continue to 6th Street and turn right. Head down 6th St towards the river and you will see the red brick building on your left. There is parking in the front and back of the building. Bring food to share if you can. The food crew will be there prior to the Vigil so that you can drop off your covered dish prior to the rally and everything will be ready afterwards.
Commemorative Program, Fukushima: Year One, 6:00. Old School Housein Verplanck, 210 6th Street. Music, poetry and Voices from Fukushima. Stand in solidarity with the people of Japan as they mark this still unfolding disaster. Dan Einbender and The Rivertown Kids with will start our program. Lydia Adams Davis, James Durst, Hope Machine, Jon Sholle, Rolland, Hiromi, Takeo Fukao, Sarah Underhill, and Dar Williams will perform. Listen to the Voices From Fukushima. We will hear from Jun San Yasuda who is just back from Japan and will talk about why she walks for peace and a nuclear free world.. Meet and speak personally with Mr.Saburo, a contract laborer at Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power plant and an union organizer, who has first hand experiences in the relief efforts following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.
Monday, March 12, 6:30 pm, Puffin Foundation, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, New Jersey,Potluck and Program. Share a potluck dinner with the No More Fukushimas Peace Walkers and hear why they walk for peace and a nuclear free world. Mr Saburo, a union organizer who is currently working as a sub contractor at the Fukushima Dai-chi nuclear power plant, will talk about his personal experience with what is happening in Japan in regard to the plant, nuclear power in Japan and how that impacts the life of everyone on the coast of Japan to Tokyo and beyond.
Tuesday, March 13, Peace Walkers leaveand continue on their walk to Vermont Yankee. They will arrive just before the old license for Vermont Yankee expires. The rest of us will take a breath and then continue to meet and work to close Indian Point.
Saturday, March 24, Noon to 1:00 pm, Entergy Headquarters, 440 Hamilton Avenue,White Plains. Vigil. As part of the nationwide Freeze Our Fukushimas Campaign sponsored by Beyond Nuclear. We are standing in solidarity with others around the nation to honor the state of Vermont for its efforts to shut down Vermont Yankee.
Sunday, April 1, 1 to 6pm Stony Point Conference Center, Stony Point, NY, Close Indian Point Convergence, 17, have accomplished, listen to Ayumi[who] and learn about her recent visit to India and the activists there who are fighting the construction of a huge nuclear complex. Help formulate our strategy and our next actions to close Indian Point.
Co director and Facilitator, Rick Ufford-Chase. For more information call Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition at 1-888-474-8848 and your call will be returned promptly.
Art Auction and Clearwater Fund Raiser for Legal Expenses.
Organizers: Manna Jo Greene, Environmental Director at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, [email protected]. 845-265-8080,
People who will deliver Invitations and a flyer to their local first responders, fire station, police station, favorite teacher.
People who will organize their friends to show up at the gates of Indian Point on March 11 at 3:30 pm..
People who will contact their local elected officials, tell them what is going on and ask them to show up at the gates of Indian Point at 3:30 pm March 11.
People who will contact their religious leaders and initiate discussions about people of faith standing in solidarity with the Japanese Bishop’s conference that called for an end to nuclear power.
People who are willing to take our Resolution to their town boards
IF YOU HAVE READ THIS FAR, YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT CLOSING INDIAN POINT. DO WHAT YOU CAN – BUT DO SOMETHING!
OUR ORGANIZING EXPENSES FOR THESE EVENTS RUN INTO THE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF PLANE TICKETS FOR OUR JAPANESE VISITORS. THIS IS A CRITICAL OUTREACH TO FIRST RESPONDERS AND THE REACTON HAS BEEN VERY POSITIVE.
THE SIERRA CLUB- LOWER HUDSON CHAPTER HAS OFFERED US A MATCHING GRANT. IF OUR MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE UP TO A THOUSAND DOLLARS THEY WILL MATCH IT! IF EVERYONE CONTRIBUTES A LITTLE WE WILL HAVE OUR MATCHING THOUSAND. WRITE YOUR CHECK NOW!!
REGARD IT AS MEMBERSHIP DUES IN A VERY GOOD CAUSE. DO YOUR SHARE. SEND YOUR CHECK FOR $25, MORE IF YOU CAN, TO:
PO Box 131
Ossining, NY 10562-0131
For more information call IPSEC: 1-888-I-SHUT-IT (1-888-474-88488)
The Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC) is a coalition of environmental, health and public policy organizations, founded in 2001 to address the vulnerability of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point. Over 20 million people live within 50 miles of the plant. Our concerns include both existing radiation releases and potential additional releases from human error, aging infrastructure or terrorism, as well as the flawed, unfixable evacuation plan. Our grassroots efforts have enlisted the support of hundreds of local, state and federal officials
Nuclear power is neither clean nor green! Conservation and renewable energy sources hold the key to a sustainable future for the Hudson Valley Region, and beyond. We welcome new members. Contact us at:1-888-I-SHUT-IT (1-888-474-8848). Visit www.shutdownindianpointnow
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www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/26/10-ways-climate-crisis-and-militarism-are-intertwined 10 Ways That the Climate Crisis and Militarism Are Intertwined By Medea Benjamin as published on 9/26/2019 by CommonDreams.org “The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues—and their solutions—are intertwined. 1. The US military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. The US military has often been used to ensure that US companies have access to extractive industry materials, particularly oil, around the world.The 1991 Gulf War against Iraq was a blatant example of war for oil; today the US military support for Saudi Arabia is connected to the US fossil fuel industry’s determination to control access to the world’s oil. Hundreds of the US military bases spread around the world are in resource-rich regions and near strategic shipping lanes. We can’t get off the fossil fuel treadmill until we stop our military from acting as the world’s protector of Big Oil. 2. The Pentagon is the single largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world. If the Pentagon were a country, its fuel use alone would make it the 47th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, greater than entire nations such as Sweden, Norway or Finland. US military emissions come mainly from fueling weapons and equipment, as well as lighting, heating and cooling more than 560,000 buildings around the world. 3. The Pentagon monopolizes the funding we need to seriously address the climate crisis. We are now spending over half of the federal government’s annual discretionary budget on the military when the biggest threat to US national security is not Iran or China, but the climate crisis. We could cut the Pentagon’s current budget in half and still be left with a bigger military budget than China, Russia, Iran and North Korea combined. The $350 billion savings could then be funnelled into the Green New Deal. Just one percent of the 2019 military budget of $716 billion would be enough to fund 128,879 green infrastructure jobs instead. 4. Military operations leave a toxic legacy in their wake. US military bases despoil the landscape, pollute the soil, and contaminate the drinking water. At the Kadena Base in Okinawa, the US Air Force has polluted local land and water with hazardous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), asbestos and dioxin.Here at home, the EPA has identified over 149 current or former military bases as SuperFund sites because Pentagon pollution has left local soil and groundwater highly dangerous to human, animal, and plant life. According to a 2017 government report, the Pentagon has already spent $11.5 billion on environmental cleanup of closed bases and estimates $3.4 billion more will be needed. 5. Wars ravage fragile ecosystems that are crucial to sustaining human health and climate resiliency. Direct warfare inherently involves the destruction of the environment, through bombings and boots-on-the-ground invasions that destroy the land and infrastructure. In the Gaza Strip, an area that suffered three major Israeli military assaults between 2008 and 2014. Israel’s bombing campaigns targeted sewage treatment and power facilities, leaving 97% of Gaza’s freshwater contaminated by saline and sewage, and therefore unfit for human consumption. In Yemen, the Saudi-led bombing campaign has created a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe, with more than 2,000 cases of cholera now being reported each day. In Iraq, environmental toxins left behind by the Pentagon’s devastating 2003 invasion include depleted uranium, which has left children living near US bases with an increased risk of congenital heart disease, spinal deformities, cancer, leukemia, cleft lip and missing or malformed and paralyzed limbs. 6. Climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ that makes already dangerous social and political situations even worse. In Syria, the worst drought in 500 years led to crop failures that pushed farmers into cities, exacerbating the unemployment and political unrest that contributed to the uprising in 2011. Similar climate crises have triggered conflicts in other countries across the Middle East, from Yemen to Libya. As global temperatures continue to rise, there will be more ecological disasters, more mass migrations and more wars. There will also be more domestic armed clashes—including civil wars—that can spill beyond borders and destabilize entire regions. The areas most at risk are sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South, Central and Southeast Asia. 7. US sabotages international agreements addressing climate change and war. The US has deliberately and consistently undermined the world’s collective efforts to address the climate crisis by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and speeding the transition to renewable energy. The US refused to join the 1997 Kyoto Protocol and the Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord was the latest example of this flagrant disregard for nature, science, and the future. Similarly, the US refuses to join the International Criminal Court that investigates war crimes, violates international law with unilateral invasions and sanctions, and is withdrawing from nuclear agreements with Russia. By choosing to prioritize our military over diplomacy, the US sends the message that ‘might makes right’ and makes it harder to find solutions to the climate crisis and military conflicts. 8. Mass migration is fueled by both climate change and conflict, with migrants often facing militarized repression. A 2018 World Bank Group report estimates that the impacts of climate change in three of the world’s most densely populated developing regions—sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America—could result in the displacement and internal migration of more than 140 million people before 2050. Already, millions of migrants from Central America to Africa to the Middle East are fleeing environmental disasters and conflict. At the US border, migrants are locked in cages and stranded in camps. In the Mediterranean, thousands of refugees have died while attempting dangerous sea voyages. Meanwhile, the arms dealers fuelling the conflicts in these regions are profiting handsomely from selling arms and building detention facilities to secure the borders against the refugees. 9. Militarized state violence is leveled against communities resisting corporate-led environmental destruction. Communities that fight to protect their lands and villages from oil drills, mining companies, ranchers, agribusiness, etc. are often met with state and paramilitary violence. We see this in the Amazon today, where indigenous people are murdered for trying to stop clear-cutting and incineration of their forests. We see it in Honduras, where activists like Berta Caceres have been gunned down for trying to preserve their rivers. In 2018, there were 164 documented cases of environmentalists murdered around the world. In the US, the indigenous communities protesting plans to build the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota were met by police who targeted the unarmed demonstrators with tear gas, bean-bag rounds, and water cannons—intentionally deployed in below-freezing temperatures. Governments around the world are expanding their state-of-emergency laws to encompass climate-related upheavals, perversely facilitating the repression of environmental activists who have been branded as ‘eco-terrorists’ and who are subjected to counterinsurgency operations. 10. Climate change and nuclear war are both existential threats to the planet. Catastrophic climate change and nuclear war are unique in the existential threat they pose to the very survival of human civilization. The creation of nuclear weapons—and their proliferation—was spurred by global militarism, yet nuclear weapons are rarely recognized as a threat to the future of life on this planet. Even a very ‘limited’ nuclear war, involving less than 0.5% of the world's nuclear weapons, would be enough to cause catastrophic global climate disruption and a worldwide famine, putting up to 2 billion people at risk. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has set its iconic Doomsday Clock to 2 minutes to midnight, showing the grave need for the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The environmental movement and the anti-nuke movement need to work hand-in-hand to stop these threats to planetary survival. To free up billions of Pentagon dollars for investing in critical environmental projects and to eliminate the environmental havoc of war, movements for a livable, peaceful planet need to put ‘ending war’ at the top of the ‘just do’ list.” ... See MoreSee Less
WESPAC Board member Delia Marx will serve again as the tour guide for this highly recommended Global Exchange trip to Buenos Aires next year. All the participants from this past summer have nothing but extremely positive feedback from their trip with Delia.