On March 15 Cape Downwinders held a fund-raising party at the British Beer Company in Sandwich. The function room was packed with activists and supporters from all over Cape Cod and beyond. Though the Pilgrim 14 trespassing case from last May was dismissed on March 13 by Judge Kathryn Hand at the Plymouth District Court, the Downwinders group responded with a spontaneous demonstration immediately after the dismissal.
The group of 40 or so sang Woodie Guthrie's "This Land is You Land" while marching onto the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's property (the same place they were arrested for trespassing on May 20, 2012.)
It is one of Guthrie's powerful verses which inspired the activists:
"As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tresspassin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!"
Three members of the Pilgrim 14 group (Susan Carpenter of South Dennis, Mike Risch of Falmouth and Paul Rifkin of Cotuit - all 70-years-old - were joined by two up-until-then virgins of the incarceration process (Elaine Dickinson of Harwich and Ben Almada of Manomet) and refused to leave the Entergy Company's radiated property and were arrested by Plymouth police.
State Senator Dan Wolf spoke at the fundraiser of his desire to help Downwinders shut the Pilgrim facility. The group shall continue to employ civil disobedience and many other tactics to raise public awareness so that all recognize that if there is a radiation release at the facility, there will be no escape from the Cape.
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