Cape Downwinders Discuss Efforts to Shut Down Pilgrim Power Plant

(FALMOUTH, November 12, 2014) – Cinema Politica Cape Cod will present RADIOACTIVISTS, a documentary on anti-nuclear activism in Japan at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 21 in the Falmouth Public Library’s Hermann Meeting Room. Following the screening, Karen Vale of the Cape Cod Bay Watch will give a presentation on the similarities between Fukushima and the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth. Members of the Cape Downwinders, a local group dedicated to raising awareness about dangers posed by Pilgrim to Cape Cod residents, will discuss their work and answer questions from the audience.

RADIOACTIVISTS explores the socio-political changes that took place in Japan following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of nuclear reactors at Fukushima.

The documentary follows activists with the group Shitoto No Ran (Amateur’s Revolt), who organized the biggest demonstration in Tokyo since the 1970s, just one month after the disaster. With creativity and humor, the group takes on not just nuclear power, but Japan’s cultural aversion to public protest.

The screening takes place on the heels on an announcement that Japan will put two nuclear power plants back on line for the first time since the Fukushima Dai’ichi meltdown. Karen Vale, campaign manager for Cape Cod Bay Watch, will give a presentation following the film about current and potential environmental damage from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. Diane Turco and David Agnew of Harwich, and Janet Azarovitz, of Falmouth, will discuss the actions the Cape Downwinders have taken in order to raise awareness about the lack of an evacuation plan for Cape Cod residents in the event of a disaster in Plymouth. In October, Ms. Turco and three other Cape Cod grandmothers were given a 30-day suspended sentence in Plymouth District Court for attempting to plant flowers on Pilgrim property during a Mother’s Day protest.

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