Union Leader Faces a Challenger

The president of one of the biggest unions in western Massachusetts will face a challenger in an election next month. UAW Local 2322 is based in Holyoke and represents about 3,000 workers. The local has eight full-time employees. It is a subsidiary of the UAW union based in Detroit, Michigan, which represents about 390,000 workers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Eight Women Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest

Eight women were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. The women who were arrested are all from Massachusetts. Their names, and the dates they were arrested, are: April 15, Priscilla Lynch of Conway and Hattie Nestel of Athol; April 16, Judy Wolters of Northfield and Connie Harvard of Northampton; April 17, Marcia Gagliardi of Athol and Anneke Corbett of Northampton; April 18, Frances Crowe of Northampton and Ellen Graves of West Springfield.

March to Shut Valley Nuke Is Planned

On March 30 in Brattleboro, there will be a march and rally to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. One of the groups that’s organizing the upcoming march and rally has a web site at www.NukeBusters.org.

Rallies Set for Feb. 13, 14, 15

Rallies for justice, peace, and the environment are planned for the Valley on February 13, 14, and 15. Workers at Stop & Shop grocery stores are negotiating a new union contract. Their current contract expires February 23. On February 13, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., the workers and members of the public will hold rallies outside Stop & Shop stores at:

Belchertown: 40 George Hannum St.

Chicopee: 672 Memorial Dr.

East Longmeadow: 470 North Main St.

Feeding Hills: 1282 Springfield St.

Greenfield: 89 French King Highway.

Florida Nuke Closes; Vermont Yankee Fight Continues

The last time that a nuclear power plant was ordered and built in the United States was in 1973. There are 62 nuclear power plants in the nation. On February 5, the owner of the Crystal River nuclear power plant in Florida said it would permanently close the plant immediately. “We have been working to close Crystal River for years,” Jen Rennicks told the Valley Post on February 7. She works for an environmental group, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy www.CleanEnergy.org.

Protest at South Hadley Dump

Residents of South Hadley are protesting a garbage landfill in their town. South Hadley borders Amherst and Holyoke. The landfill is run by a corporation that’s based in Florida. Advanced Disposal Corporation (AD) of Jacksonville, Florida had $351 million in sales last year.

On January 24, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection said AD violated the law at the South Hadley dump. The company has been landfilling material that should be recycled. AD makes money by the ton for landfilling, not for recycling.

Valley Nuke Protesters Face Up to 90 Days in Prison

Six women will be in court in Brattleboro on November 27 and 28 for non-violent civil disobedience at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to 90 days in prison and a $500 fine. “We are charging them with misdemeanor trespass,” Steve Brown told the Valley Post. He is a Deputy Windham County State’s Attorney in Brattleboro: www.prosecutors.vermont.gov.

Wisconsin Nuke Will Close; Vermont Yankee Fight Continues

The last time that a nuclear power plant was ordered and built in the United States was in 1973. There are now 65 nuclear power plants in the nation. Soon, there will be 64. On October 22, the owner of the Kewaunee nuclear power plant in Carlton, Wisconsin said it will permanently close the plant next year.

Photos: Kayak, Canoe Protest at Valley Nuke

These photos show protesters on the Connecticut river near the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor on September 15. The sign in the first photo says, "Shut VY down." The sign in the third photo says, "No place for nuke waste." To enlarge a photo, click on it, then scroll down and click, "See full size image."

The protest was organized by www.SAGEalliance.net and www.NukeBusters.org. photos by Eesha Williams

Civil Disobedience at Valley Nuke Set for Sept. 23

Activists are planning non-violent civil disobedience at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on September 23. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire. The event is being organized by a religious group, the Quakers www.burlingtonquakers.org. “Anyone is welcome to join us as long as they accept that this event will have a spiritual focus,” Elinor Yahm told the Valley Post. She is one of the organizers of the event. “We want people to contact us in advance if they want to participate,” Yahm said.