Civil Disobedience

Three people from the Brattleboro area were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience on September 28 at a facility that turns coal into electricity in Bow, New Hampshire. In all, 69 protesters were arrested. “We cannot sit idly by as our world burns,” Abigail Mnookin of Brattleboro told the Valley Post after she was released from jail. “The fossil fuel industry receives billions in subsidies and our elected officials are allowing -- or encouraging -- this to happen. We must keep fossil fuels in the ground and make a swift, just transition.”

Daniel Sicken (pronounced SEE-kin) lives in Dummerston, Vermont, which borders Brattleboro. “It was a good action,” he told the Valley Post after he was released from jail.

Li Pon Owen of Westminster, Vermont was arrested too. Westminster borders Putney, which borders Dummerston.

The Bow police chief told the Valley Post she will provide a list of the names of all the people who were arrested at the protest as soon as possible. When that happens, the Post will publish the names of anyone from the Pioneer Valley, the Keene area, and the Brattleboro area who was arrested.

Bow is about 50 miles from Keene. It borders the state capitol, Concord.

Two of the groups that organized the protest have web sites at www.350NH.org and www.350Vermont.org.

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In 2014 the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor near Brattleboro was permanently closed thanks to hundreds of people who were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience and thousands who marched in Brattleboro. Now one of the main organizers of that mass movement is asking people to attend an educational event and concert in Greenfield on October 2. “The industry 'solution' is to ship nuclear waste somewhere else and make its disposal problem disappear,” Deb Katz told the Valley Post. She runs a group that has a web site at www.NukeBusters.org. Often “somewhere else” is Native American reservations. One of the speakers in Greenfield will be Leona Morgan from the Navajo Nation. The event starts at 7 p.m. at 289 Main Street. Details are at the above web site.

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In Keene later this month workers will finish building multi-family housing inside an old factory building at 222 West Street. Multi-family housing is better for the environment than single-family houses because heated and air conditioned air leaks into other apartments, rather than outside. It's also better for public transportation.

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