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No Nukes Contingent: People’s Climate March
September 21, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
On Sunday, September 21 hundreds of thousands of people will march in New York to tell the world that action must be taken on climate change now. A few days later, the United Nations is holding a gathering of world leaders to discuss climate change. We want them to do more than just talk! The March is sponsored by over 1,000 groups – including the Safe & Green Campaign – who advocate for issues from clean food to jobs to justice — because the climate affects us all. Please march with us to say NUKES ARE NOT THE ANSWER.
NUCLEAR FREE CONTINGENT MARCH PAGE: http://peoplesclimate.org/nonuclearpower/
RALLY & ASSEMBLY LOCATION: The Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent of the People’s Climate March assembly point is Central Park West between 73rd and 74th Streets [via subway: 72nd Street stop of 1, 2, and 3, B & C lines]. We will hold a rally at our assembly point beginning at 10 am, and join the March which begins at 11:30am. Rally speakers, musicians to be announced next week.
MAIN MARCH PAGE: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/
SAFE & GREEN: Nancy Braus is working with 350VT about logistics for the March. Nancy & Leslie Sullivan Sachs have both been on national calls on organizing logistics and messaging for the Nuclear-Free Contingent. The NYC Police have been dragging their heels but it is all coming together.
WHAT TO BRING: Paper, plastic, string & cardboard ONLY. No metal, no wood, no dowels etc per NYC Police. Bring sun/rain gear depending on the weather report, and food and water — with plans for 100,000+ marchers restaurants will be packed). The People’s Climate March FAQ Page has the route map and other information.
SATURDAY NATIONAL NUCLEAR FREE GATHERING: See Sept. 20 Event Page (on our website) for details. 2-8pm, Bread & Butter Deli, 2nd Floor, NYC.
RESOURCES: NIRS has some great resources on its website – flyers, posters, background reading, and 8 Fact Sheets on why nukes are not the answer to climate change.
NUCLEAR FREE CONTINGENT: Before the March begin at 11:30 am, different groups will hold rallies. Each contingent will join the march in waves. Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free is one of the few contingents approved for power for our rally. After our rally, with speakers and music, we will join the March. Please read on for what we imagine our contingent will look like:
The Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent most likely will be around the middle of the march, under the general heading of contingents fighting against various dirty energy sources. And the Contingent will be large.
The Contingent will be led by a very large, bright blue “Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free” banner. But probably the most striking visual aspect will be 650 bright yellow Smiling Sun flags that say “Nuclear Power? No Thanks,” which in one graphic gets across both our opposition to nuclear power and our support for renewable energy. 400 of the flags will be in English, 150 in Spanish, and 100 in Japanese. It’s a universal message.
Besides the flags, which will be held high and very visible, NIRS also will be bringing 200 Don’t Nuke the Climate posters, also mounted to be held high and visibly. And we have a few other large banners we’ll be bringing.
Between the flags, signs, and banners, the nuclear-free aspect of our message will really get across, colorfully and vibrantly. So if you’re coming without your own signs, don’t worry at all–there will be plenty available to carry.
Many groups and people in the Contingent will be bringing their own signs, banners and other materials, of course. And that’s great. That will add to the visual kaleidoscope and bring special attention to a lot of regional and local concerns.
For example, we expect a large group focused on shutting down New York’s Indian Point reactors–that group is also bringing along a giant King CONG (coal, oil, nuclear, gas) prop. Another group will be focused on the Pilgrim reactor. And others with other specific reactors and/or issues in mind.
We might also see–and we’ll certainly welcome–people and signs/banners and the like against coal; against fracking and other dirty energy; for clean, renewable energy.
Because that’s really what the Contingent is about: the nuclear-free, carbon-free solution to our climate crisis. There probably won’t be a lot of signs in the Contingent about climate change itself; there are plenty of other groups who will have those. This Contingent ultimately is about the clean energy solutions–which is what unifies all of us who fight different dirty energy sources.
BUSES: Most buses for our region are at this point sold out. See below. Alternative Transportation: Resources, including Ride Share, are on the PCM website here: official March website. It says Amtrak is offering a 10% discount. There are 3 trains from Springfield MA that go direct to NYC & may get your there in time (6:30am, 7:30am, 9 am) http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/
Vermont has 15 buses going. Brattleboro buses will leave from Brattleboro Union High School. If the Brattleboro buses sell out, check out the Pioneer Valley link below. Western Mass: 2 sign-up options: Pioneer Valley bus http://www.gotoclimatemarch.