Anti-nuke March Upcoming

 

From March 2- March 21, 2012 about 10 to 15 marchers will walk from the old and dangerous Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant in Forked River, NJ to the equally old and dangerous Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vermont. They will be joined by additional marchers along the way who will walk segments of the March.

One year after the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility the truth is that the situation is far from under control. The catastrophe has already retreated into the distant past as far as most Americans are concerned. After all, it happened in Japan, not here. But Oyster Creek, and Hope Creek are exact copies of the Fukishima nukes that melted down. It can happen here. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is requiring all nuclear plants to review their ability to withstand a Fukushima type event.

 

Dangerous levels of radioactivity are still being found hundreds of miles from the site of the disaster. Almost 90,000 people living near the nukes have been forced to leave their homes with little hope of returning. In addition to the incalculable health costs and psychological trauma, the decades-long process of clean-up and decontamination of almost 1000 square miles of land may cost as much as 250 billion dollars with limited prospects for success. The Japanese government estimates the total amount of radioactivity released into the atmosphere was approximately one-tenth as much as was released during the Chernobyl disaster. Significant amounts of radioactive material have also been released into ground and ocean waters. Measurements taken by the Japanese government 30 to 50 kilometers from the plant showed  levels high enough to cause concern, leading the government to ban the sale of food grown in the area. Tokyo officials temporarily recommended that tap water should not be used to prepare food for infants.

From Wikipedia: "A few of the plant's workers were severely injured or killed by the disaster conditions resulting from the earthquake. There were no immediate deaths due to direct radiation exposures, but at least six workers have exceeded lifetime legal limits for radiation and more than 300 have received significant radiation doses. Future cancer deaths due to accumulated radiation exposures in the population living near Fukushima have been estimated to be between 100 and 1,000. Fear of ionizing radiation could have long-term psychological effects on a large portion of the population in the contaminated areas. On 16 December 2011 Japanese authorities declared the plant to be stable, although it would take decades to decontaminate the surrounding areas and to decommission the plant altogether. "

 

The March organizers say that their March is a prayer for the suffering of the Japanese people as a result of their government’s reckless nuclear policies. It is also a plea for the people of New Jersey, New York, and New England to recognize the grave dangers that nuclear energy poses to our lives, our property, and all life on our Mother Earth. Nuclear energy is neither safe nor clean. The threat of a nuclear accident at one of our own aging nuclear facilities is all too real and the consequences would be unimaginably catastrophic.

They March together in love and solidarity for a nuclear free future. A more just, sustainable, and compassionate world built on respect for all living beings and for the earth that sustains us is possible now more than ever. Please join the March to help make it a reality.

 

The organizers are looking for local contacts in the area of Point Pleasant Beach and West Long Branch to take on the task of local organizing, and specifically finding the walkers stay places for the nights of March 4th and 5th. "Basically we will be something like 10-15 walkers. We entrust ourselves to the local community along the way, often sleeping in churches or meetinghouses or private homes. We also like to hold potluck dinners each night with the local community to share a meal and talk a little about why we are walking. If you had any thoughts about possible contacts in those areas it would be most welcome."

 

Local planned events: March 2 (Friday): Evening Gathering-- Forked River, NJ area; March 3; (Saturday): Forked River (Oyster Creek Power Plant) to Toms River, NJ; March 4; (Sunday): Toms River to Point Pleasant Beach, NJ; March 5;(Monday): Point Pleasant Beach to West Long Branch, NJ.