Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sieg Heil Peekskill

This is a new mural you see entering downtown Peekskill. The problem, first impression one gets, is of a figure giving the Nazi salute! In fact it's Chauncey Depew who was State Senator from 1899 to 1911. In 1908 Depew gave land to Peekskill which became Depew Park. In 1918, he included a statue of himself .

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mobile Billboard

The folks at Friends of the Earth assisted NukeFree in sponsoring a mobile billboard to promote the shut down of San Onofre. We are looking for one or more green businesses to help us sponsor a similar mobile billboard to shut down Indian Point. Contact: Rock The Reactors

The Paramount theater in Peekskill NY which for years had been controlled by Entergy, owners of Indian Point, is now under new management, friendly to the anti-nuclear community.

Too many artists were boycotting the theater and ticket sales suffered greatly after Rock The Reactors organized a direct action at the theater during a Bob Weir concert in 2007 to bring attention to Paramount/Entergy connection.

We are looking to host events at the Paramount, widening the scope of performers beyond Clearwater’s folk music community. In the past RTR has organized events at the Colony in Woodstock, the Hiro Ballroom in Manhattan, and many other venues in Connecticut in cooperation with GreenDrinks

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Calling The Kettle Black

What's good for the goose, should be good for the gander!


More kinky stuff

To make the peanut gallery scream!






Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Green Party of CT - Rock The Reactors contact 50 miles radius editors



Dear editors,

It has become apparent from the most recent pump failure and emergency shutdown at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan NY that there is a pressing need to decommission the nuclear power plants closest to densely populated areas.

Rock The Reactors and the Green Party of Connecticut have identified 5 nuclear power plants in the United States top of the list for putting the public at greatest risk, not only in case of catastrophic accident, but also from long term exposure to chronic mishaps, leaks and daily venting of radioactivity.

The reactors with the most neighbors within a radius of 50 miles are:*

Indian Point, near Buchanan, N.Y., 41 miles upriver from the center of New York City, with 17.2 million people within 50 miles.
San Onofre, near San Clemente, Calif., and 45 miles from San Diego, 8.5 million.
Limerick, near Limerick, Pa., and 28 miles from Philadelphia, 8.0 million.
Dresden, near Morris, Ill., and 43 miles from Chicago, 7.3 million.
Peach Bottom, near Delta, Pa., and 36 miles from Baltimore, 5.5 million.
Hope Creek and Salem, both near Hancocks Bridge, N.J., and 43 miles from Philadelphia, 5.5 million.

*msnbc.com

The financial firm UBS has recommended to Entergy, owners of the Indian Point Energy Center, that they need to shut down their smaller nuclear power plant in Brattleboro VT to remain financially soluble. This is a Mark 1 reactor, the same design as built by General Electric in Fukushima, Japan. The state of Vermont has accused Entergy of not having sufficient funds in escrow, as required by law, to decommission Vermont Yankee. A similar situation may exist for Indian Point according to our sources.

Remy Chevalier, director of Rock The Reactors, founded in 2006 to enlist the participation of the arts and fashion community in the fight to shut down Indian Point, feels residents of Fairfield County, who live and work in the Indian Point 50-mile evacuation zone, should have a say in their future.

Riverkeeper and other local environmental organizations are in the courts fighting to prevent the NRC from awarding Indian Point a renewed operating license which would allow Indian Point to continue playing Russian Roulette with the lives of 20 million people for another 20 to 40 years, or until an accident permanently shuts down the plant.

Riverkeeper has demonstrated that Indian Point only provides a small portion of electricity to New York City and New York's 19th district, comprising Westchester, Orange, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Electricity today can easily be made up through conservation, improved technologies like LEDs, and alternative energy generation like solar or wind.

Rock The Reactors and the Green Party of Connecticut ask that our local representatives in Fairfield County raise their voices in opposition to the relicensing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in solidarity with our neighbors in New York.

Contact:

Remy Chevalier
Green Party state senate candidate
Environmental Library Fund
25 Newtown Turnpike
Weston CT 06883
203-227-2065
remyc@prodigy.net

David Bedell
Green Party state representative candidate
Secretary, Fairfield County Green Party
116 New Norwalk Road
New Canaan, CT  06840
203-581-3193

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Romancing The Atom



Romancing the Atom: Nuclear Infatuation from the Radium Girls to Fukushima
Robert R. Johnson (Author)

The book consists of ten nonfiction historical vignettes, including the women radium dial painters of the 1920s, the expulsion of the Bikini Island residents to create a massive "petri dish" for post-World War II bomb and radiation testing, the government-subsidized uranium rush of the 1950s and its effects on Native American communities, and the secret radioactive material development facilities in residential neighborhoods. In addition, the book includes original interviews of prominent historians, writers, and private citizens involved with these poignant stories.

Go to www.romancingtheatom.com

Monday, September 24, 2012

Post-Op CAN Rally in DC


Moral of all this I think, sadly, is that until or unless there's another major accident, in the US, within our borders, nobody is going to give a shit. Until then, we'll keep getting poisoned to death slowly by leaks and spills. I always said that the only way to shut down nuclear power is to shut down Indian Point, because that's like starting the dominoes tumbling. It's also the most vulnerable because so many affluent and influential people want to see it shut down, and they give Riverkeeper a lot of money to make it happen.

What Rock The Reactors tries to do is create links between the serious, professional, legal shut down IP community, and professionals in fashion and media in the New York area... We do what we can, but it could not reach as far as Washington DC, because in New York fashion trumps politics, and ultimately nobody in New York cares about politics, because they know that media can succeed where politics fail.

To get the media you have to give it what it wants, so without a scandal, a riot, exposing yourself like FEMEN, whatever it takes to get on the cover of the NYPost, nobody pays any attention... Interesting that those celebrities most often associated with the anti-nuclear community like Alec Baldwin or Christie Brinkley so often keep their names in the headlines by behaving like children... one would suspect it's all an act, the fame game.

Problem is finding useful idiots who will play that game in the anti-nuclear community to put and keep nuclear on the front page. It hasn't been easy, discouraging... Images of peace flags don't cut it, it pigeonholes the issue... the movement isn't growing, except online, where it remains invisible. Other than that, I'm kind of out of steam and ideas at this point... something needs to give somewhere.

(Photo: AnonMedia)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Over And Over Again...

For old and loyal fans of Green Nuclear Butterfly, who remember its heyday when it was cooking, causing double double toil and trouble, you will also remember how it all fell apart, destroyed from within, by infiltration, greed, stupidity and downright evil.

Well the same forces which caused FUSE USA's fearless leader Sherwood Martinelli's early retirement, now only a ghost presence on this blog, are once again in action having penetrated the sanctity of the Coalition Against Nukes, the group organizing the Rally for a Nuclear Free Future in Washington DC.

It wasn't for lack of early warning mind you. Yet, despite my best efforts, the CAN  committee decided to go against my advice and wishes, chose to disrespect my one and only condition for participation. In other words, after all the long hours I put into their effort, they picked a wrong choice of speaker over of my continued opposition.

I feel betrayed and helpless, not quite sure what my next move will be. My options have certainly been limited by this chain of events. I want the rally to be a smashing success because we need the blowback to influence the NRC's decision to shut down Indian Point. But I won't have anything to do with anyone who continues to reward illegitimacy in the anti-nuclear community.

The nuclear power industry feeds on internal conflicts, using the dishonesty within the community to divide and conquer. A house divided cannot stand, and yet, strangely, the press rarely investigates, afraid to take a stand. It leaves the door wide open for all kinds of two-bit crooks and charlatans to easily take the helm, raise lots of cash and aspirations from gullible anti-nuclear supporters looking for articulate voices to carry their message, giving false hope for a fat pay check.

There's no point harping on the situation. In my case, it's checkmate, and most probably, like Sherwood Martinelli, I will fade away, pushed out of this new anti-nuclear community I helped bring together, out of desperation.

The decision rests with the CAN committee, but I already know what they will do... nothing. They will, as usual, as always the case, hope I will just go away... hope I won't get too angry, or make too many waves... as the effectiveness of their work mysteriously evaporates, losing intensity and focus, wondering how it all dissipated so quickly.

The rally will be great, Americans will finally get a chance to vent their anger towards nuclear power in the Capital, something they haven't done in a long time. But then what? What happens afterwards? Yes, there will be "strategy" meetings, but it's always the same thing. Accommodation after compromise, short of a miracle, we'll be right back where we started, the same tired faces, with 100+ reactors still in operation threatening hosting communities, waiting for the next accident to happen to again "reconsider" nukes.

From excluding green corporate sponsors, to now allowing known spoilers into their ranks, CAN is setting itself up to suffer the same fate as all other anti-nuclear coalitions before it, again relegating license renewal fights to under funded, under staffed regional organizations, overwhelmed by the power of the Federal Government, the military-industrial complex and now Homeland Security which has stamped anti-nuclear activists as a terrorist threat!

Let's see what happens... I'll be paying close attention, albeit with deep regret, at what happens after September 22nd. The Hudson Valley liberal left anti-nuclear community feared FUSE USA and destroyed it. Let's see what they do to the Coalition Against Nukes! The de-clawing and de-fanging process has already started... just in time for Halloween.