Frances Crowe, 93 and long-time anti-nuclear protester was arrested today in Vermont along with at least 136 others. More than 1,000 marched against nuclear madness, from the Brattleboro Commons, three miles to Entergy Vermont Yankee HQ. The reactor is located the opposite direction, about 6.5 miles south of Brattleboro. The line of marchers stretched the better part of a mile long. More pictures here. Photos posted at Shutdown Vermont Yankee -- As Scheduled Facebook Page here. James Ennis has posted hundreds of photos from the rally, march, and nonviolent civil disobedience action at Flickr.
Over 1,000 march on Entergy offices in Brattleboro, VT; more than 136 arrested in non-violent civil disobedience
The Recorder story, reporting nearly 30 affinity groups crossed the line at Entergy Vermont Yankee HQ, with over 130 arrests for non-violent civil disobedience -- including Beyond Nuclear's Kevin Kamps, part of the Citizens Awareness Network affinity group (see a photo of a cuffed Kevin, bringing up the rear of the CAN affinity group, preceded by Chris Williams and Jeanette Bair, about to be loaded into the Paddy wagon by Windham County Sheriff's deputies for the ride to the Brattleboro City Police Station, where they would spend the next 7 hours before being released). Beyond Nuclear board member Judith Kaufman was also at the day-long rally.
The Commons did a good, detailed write up, describing the waves of affinity groups crossing the line, and the cooperation between police forces and protest organizers and arrested non-violent civil disobedience activists that kept the day -- "One of the largest anti-nuclear protests in the area since the 1980s" -- orderly and incident-free.
In a day of solidarity with Vermont, eight New England activists were arrested occupying the New Orleans HQ of Entergy which owns Vermont Yankee. The State of Vermont had authorized an on-schedule shutdown of the 40-year old plant when its original operating license expired on March 21, 2012. Entergy was given a license extenstion by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to continue operating the plant and also took the State of Vermont to federal court, winning the right to continue running the plant. The eight members of the Safe and Green Energy Alliance posted crime scene tape and held banners after entering the Louisiana-based corporation's headquarters. They were all arrested. Watch for updates, but it appears likely they will face 24 hours of jail time before arraignment. Read the press release with full details here. The Commons reported on this story. The New England Natural Guard affinity group (including Beyond Nuclear's Reactor Oversight Project Director Paul Gunter, and intern Kendra Ulrich) has posted a flyer, and managed to snap a group photo deep in the heart of Entergy Nuclear corporate headquarters as they awaited their arrest, followed by mug shots such as this one of Kendra Ulrich.
The government and people of Vermont want Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down. Reactor owner, Entergy, supported by lapdog federal regulator, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is allowing the dangerous nuke to continue operating. Today, we call Entergy a corporate outlaw and demand it honor states' rights. Watch for updates on actions.