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Peace Pilgrimage for a Nuclear Free World

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My friend, teacher and longtime peace mentor Jun Yasuda is an organizer of the April 10-26, 2011, Peace Pilgrimage for a Nuclear Free World. Details on the walk are here and below.  
Thus far, I have only made it to one of the peace walks in which Jun-san has participated, and it was a wonderful experience. I recommend this walk to anyone who agrees with the walk’s purpose and message.

The walk is open to people joining anywhere from an hour or more right up to the entire walk: 

Peace Pilgrimage for a Nuclear Free World

April  10 – April 26, 2011

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant – NY


Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant – VT 

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan. This earthquake triggered a devastating Tsunami with 77 foot high waves that struck the shores of Japan only minutes after the earthquake was felt.  As a result of these two enormously tragic events the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant suffered explosions and created a very serious nuclear crisis.  Radiation contamination polluted the air, water and food supplies in that area.  In addition people have died from Radiation poisoning and many others remain ill.  There still is no telling what the long- term affects will be to the people of Japan. 

Yankee Nuclear  Plant in the state of Vermont, started operating almost 40 years ago and has the same design as the plant in Fukushima.  Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in VT has had continuous hazards over the years with leaks and fires.  Governors Andrew Cuomo (NY) and Peter Shumlin (VT) have both spoken out against these nuclear power plants and have been working to try to get these plants closed.  At the same time the Federal Nuclear Regulation Committee is trying to extend the licenses for these two power plants to remain open.  The government of Germany is taking steps to close all 11 of their nuclear power plants, while the U.S. government is advocating for more nuclear energy.

We walk together in love and solidarity to pray for those affected by the tragedy in Japan and as a meditation upon a future world that is nuclear free.  So that all living beings upon the earth may live in peace and safety.

4/10 (Sun)  Croton on Hudson — Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant  – Peekskill

(Starting at 11 am @ Shop Rite 460 Riverside Ave — to Indian Point to ending point Peekskill Metro North )

4/11 (Mon) Peekskill — Yorktown   (Greenburg Town Meeting to close Indian Point  7 pm)

4/12 Tues) Yorktown — Brewster

4/13 (Wed) Brewster- Pawling

4/14 (Thurs) Pawling — Dover Plains

4/15 (Fri)  Dover Plains — Millerton

4/16  (Sat) Millerton — Hillsdale

4/17 (Sun) Hillsdale- Stockbridge (Staying in Great Barrington overnight)

4/18 (Mon) Stockbridge— Pittsfield

4/19 (Tues) Pittsfield — Williamstown

4/20 (Wed) rest day – Williamstown

4/21 (Thurs) Williamstown — Bennington

4/22 (Fri) Bennington — Searsburg

4/23 (Sat) Searsburg —Wilmington — Marlboro

4/24 (Sun) Marlboro — Brattleboro- Vernon  (Yankee Nuclear Power Plant)  – (Also walk coming from Montague Mass. — Yankee on  this day for info contact Jonathon at somehungryghost@yahoo.com)

4/25 (Mon) Brattleboro — Meeting with Gov. Peter Shumlin

4/26 (Tue) Downtown Brattleboro 25th Anniversary of Chernobyl  Memorial Vigil  9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

We will walk a total of 206 miles, typically walking 15-18 miles per day. We will generally begin walking at 8:30 a.m. each day.  Feel  free to join the walk at any point for any length of time.  Please respect that the walk will be free of drugs, alcohol and weapons.  If you plan to join us for more than a day, please bring a sleeping bag.

For more information:

=*Grafton Peace Pagoda – Jun-san:  (518) 658-9301- (**During walk time please contact cell phone @ 518-813-0213)

* Julie MacDonald – (518) 307-2715  nfwpeacepilgrimage2011@gmail.com

Initiated by Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order- Grafton Peace Pagoda