Thursday March 7, 2013

VERNON -- The SAGE Alliance, which opposes the continued operation of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, is holding a vigil at the gates of the power plant to honor the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in Japan, on March 10, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Last year, hundreds of residents participated in a mock evacuation from Yankee, to honor the Fukushima evacuees.

In addition, members of the SAGE Alliance will be taking to town greens, farmers markets, and street corners to say: "We are the voices of Fukushima. Fukushimna ghost towns could be our ghost towns." Some will adopt a Fukushima sister city for a day and share the evacuation stories that are being suppressed. Putney, Wilmington, Hanover, N.H., as well as towns in Franklin County, Mass., including Amherst and Northfield, are each adopting a different town in Fukushima’s exclusion zone.

Brattleboro, five miles from Vermont Yankee, is adopting the town of Namie, Japan. Families from Namie have relocated four to seven times since March 11, 2011.

The three-day series of events is being coordinated by the SAGE Alliance, a collective of citizen groups organizing to close Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee through nonviolent direct action. Yankee is located at 546 Governor Hunt Rd.

For details, maps or to participate, go to www.safeandgreencampaign.org or contact Leslie Sullivan Sachs at 802.763.8459.