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Rally to Shut Pilgrim

June 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pilgrim is among the 5 worst run reactors in the US*. Pledge solidarity to keep the South Shore, Cape Cod, Boston, and New England clean and safe for generations to come by participating in a rally in the Gardner Auditorium in the State House to revoke Pilgrim’s operating license and remove this nuclear threat from our lives.

This event takes place after the four-day March For Our Children. Meet us at South Station/Dewey Square at noon on June 16. Walk to the State House for 2:00pm rally in Gardiner Auditorium.

We will be addressed by former MA Governor Michael Dukakis. Governor Dukakis led the fight to reject radiological emergency plans for Pilgrim and Seabrook.  During the 1986-88 shutdown of Pilgrim, Governor Dukakis and his administration confronted the NRC and opposed the emergency plans which they concluded would not protect the public, an all too familiar thread of concern.  That same strong position held up the licensing for the Seabrook nuclear reactor in NH.  Due to the Governor’s strident efforts for public safety, the NRC changed their regulations to include 10 CFR 50.47 which allows nuclear reactors to operate without ANY approved emergency plans, assuming the local emergency personnel will do their best any way. Once again, the NRC capitulates to the needs of the nuclear industry, a dangerous pattern that persists today. Michael S. Dukakis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, and a visiting professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. He and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored How to Get Into Politics-and Why, which was designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career.  Dukakis was the three-term governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

We will also be addressed by Paul Gunter of Beyond Nuclear. Paul Gunter is an ardent critic of nuclear power and a proponent for renewable energy for four decades. In 1976, he co-founded The Clamshell Alliance to oppose the construction and operation of the Seabrook nuclear power station through non-violent direct action on the New Hampshire seacoast. He is currently Director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear, a non-profit public interest group based in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Finally, we will be joined by the following speakers, coming from various groups around New England.

  • Cape and Islands State Senator Dan Wolf
  • Dr. Kea Van Der Ziel, Boston Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Jerry Frenkil, Member of the Executive Committee, MA Sierra Club
  • Ed DeWitt, President, Association to Preserve Cape Cod
  • Claire Miller, Toxics Action Center
  • Pine DuBois, Cape Cod BayWatch/Jones River Watershed Association
  • Anna Baker, Pilgrim Coalition
  • Mary Lampert, Pilgrim Watch
  • Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network
  • Nancy Braus, Safe and Green Energy 
  • Bruce Skud, No More Fukushimas
  • Guntram Mueller, MA Peace Action/Boston Downwinders
  • Sheila Parks, Ed.D, On Behalf Of Planet Earth
  • Diane Turco, Cape/MA Downwinders
  • Daniel Factor, Secretary Green-Rainbow Party
  • Subrata Ghoshroy, researcher, MIT, who recently visited Fukushima and attended a scientific conference on its consequences

For more information, see http://www.madownwinders.org/calendar/march-for-our-children-speakers/



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