Occupy Wall Street Rallies in Valley

Some 700 peaceful protesters were arrested in recent days in New York City. The Occupy Wall Street protesters’ web site says, “We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we're working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.” The protesters' web site is:

www.OccupyWallSt.org

Review: Nationally Known Bands Played Near Brattleboro

Seven local bands, some of which tour nationally, played at a festival whose mission was to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The music festival was on September 17 in Newfane, Vermont. The bands were outstanding. Among the highlights were Simba and Pulse Prophets. Hundreds of people attended; many danced. The autumn weather was sunny and comfortable.

Here are the web sites of the bands that performed:

www.EamesBrothersBand.com

www.shokazoba.com

www.PulseProphets.com

www.MoAmbesa.com

www.ClaytonSabine.com

www.DeWaltMusic.com/simba.shtml

Valley Nuke Protesters Arrested; Rally Is Sept. 12

On August 30, protesters were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at the gates of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Activists are asking the public to attend a rally on September 12 outside the federal court in Brattleboro, the location of a trial that will likely decide whether Vermont Yankee will operate until March 2012 or until 2032. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Claire Chang is a spokeswoman for www.NukeBusters.org

Movement to Close Valley Nuke Heats Up

In the coming weeks there will be a series of rallies, courtroom actions, and a non-violent civil disobedience training camp. All are intended to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Claire Chang is a spokesperson for www.NukeBusters.org

She asked the public to go to court to support 15 women who were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience at Vermont Yankee. Their court dates in Brattleboro are coming up soon:

Anti-Nuke Activists Celebrate Brattleboro Court Ruling

On July 18, a federal judge in Brattleboro ruled that the state of Vermont had a better case than Entergy Corporation of Louisiana. Entergy wanted the judge to force Vermont to let Entergy run its Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant until 2032. Vermont wants the nuke permanently closed by March 2012. “The fight is not over, but we are in a much better position now than we would have been if this decision had gone the other way,” said Vermont attorney general Bill Sorrell.

Valley Nuke March Is July 30

Anti-nuclear activists are asking the public to join them on a march to the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant on July 30. Marchers can start in Keene or Brattleboro. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

The march on Vermont Yankee is part of a 25 day March for a Nuclear Free World that will begin in Boston and end near Albany, New York. It will make stops at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in eastern Massachusetts, and at the Seabrook nuclear power plant in eastern New Hampshire.

15 Arrested at Valley Nuke Protest

Fifteen women were arrested June 30 for non-violent civil disobedience outside the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Vermont Yankee is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

June 24 Street Rally Starts at Entergy v. Shumlin

Activists are asking the public to join them at a rally on June 24 from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. outside the federal court in Brattleboro where the trial of Entergy v. Shumlin will be held on June 23 and June 24 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Peter Shumlin is governor of Vermont. Entergy is the Louisiana corporation that owns the problem plagued Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The reactor is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone’s throw from New Hampshire.

Photo: Activists Hang Anti-Nuke Banner on I-91 Near Brattleboro

This photo was taken on June 7. It shows an anti-nuclear banner that was hung from a bridge over Interstate 91 in Putney, Vermont, near Brattleboro. The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is three miles from Massachusetts and a stone's throw from New Hampshire. More information on Vermont Yankee, and the movement to close it, is at http://valleypost.org/node/536

To enlarge the photo, click on it, then scroll down and click "See full-size image."

photo by Eesha Williams

Locals Extinguish Proposed Incinerator

The Springfield city council voted 10 – 2 to snuff out a proposed corporate incinerator May 23. The vote came after a four-hour-long public hearing before the city council on May 17. At the hearing, locals blasted the incinerator plan. Stop Toxic Incineration in Springfield (STIP), an all-volunteer group, fought the proposal for several years.

“I’m proud of the city council for putting public health ahead of the threat of being sued by the developer,” said STIP spokeswoman Michaelann Bewsee.