Video from Opening Ceremony & First Day of the Walk

26 Oct
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Peacewalk connects Japanese Buddhists, Native Americans, and no-nukes activists

25 Oct

Megu Iwate of Japan recently did a peacewalk in her native land to honor the people of Fukushima. On this peacewalk from Native American sacred sites in SLO to Vallejo, she hopes to make Californians more aware of the many parallels between Diablo Canyon and Fukushima.

Here is a press release written after our walk began:

Moving to the sound of chants and led by Buddhist peace walkers, two dozen individuals, including moms with small children, Chumash and other Native American leaders, and county activists are dedicating 16 days of their time and shoe leather to a marathon walk that began at the gates of Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant October 22 and will finish November 6 at a sacred Native American site in Vallejo. It’s co-sponsored by SLO’s Mothers for Peace to raise new awareness about nuclear power and its risks, specifically operations at Diablo Canyon and San Onofre.

Elders of tribes nationwide want to draw attention to native lands, which have been been repeatedly contaminated and degraded by uranium mining and rad-waste disposal, while sacred sites, such as Diablo Canyon, considered a portal of souls by the Chumash, have been defiled.

Linda Seeley, head of the Mothers for Peace intervenors, remarks, “Our group appreciates the workers at Diablo—they keep us safe. However, nearly five million pounds of highly radioactive waste is now stored on-site, most in open-air pools. The amount grows daily—with no solution in sight.”

Some of the peacewalkers are from Japan, fresh from the disaster at Fukushima. Nuclear energy can never be made wholly safe, they assert; especially nuclear facilities like Diablo that should never have been sited near earthquake and tsunami-prone zones.

Adds Seeley: “We’re walking in support and solidarity with the people of Fukushima. What happened at Fukushima, happens here, too—we are all connected.”

The general public is warmly invited to take part in the peace walk; volunteers may elect to walk for an hour, a day, or the entire walk. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the walk will travel from Paso Robles to Mission San Miguel, then on to Salinas, Watsonville, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Livermore National Weapons Lab, and the East Bay. Routes, schedules, and details at www.mothersforpeace.org and at www.canuclearwalk.com

Peacewalk event in Berkeley with Joanna Macy (Fri Nov 4th)

24 Oct

The Sacred Sites Peacewalk for a Nuclear Free World is expected to reach Berkeley on Friday Nov 4th. The Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Social Justice Committee will host a welcoming “Pot Luck Dinner, Speak Out & Discussion” with the peacewalkers to celebrate their arrival in Berkeley. Discussion will be facilitated by deep ecologist, Buddhist teacher, and peace activist Joanna Macy.

Location: BFUU Social Justice Committee Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar St Berkeley, CA 94709
(At Bonita St, one block east of MLK Jr Way)
Fri Nov 4th, 6 pm
Wheelchair accessible
Suggested donation $5-10; no one turned away for lack of funds.

“Sustainable Energy Policy after Fukushima” in Berkeley this Thursday

24 Oct

Wanted to share information about this event for people in the Bay Area. There will be a symposium in Berkeley this Thursday, Oct 27th from 4-6 p.m. featuring three Japanese experts on nuclear power, Fukushima Prefecture, and national and local politics. They will report on the situation in Fukushima, present bold proposals for change in government policy, and discuss the political dynamics in Japan since the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

Location and details are here.

Pictures from the Sacred Sites Walk Opening

23 Oct

 

Thank you Doug & Family for the pictures. The full set is available here.

Peacewalk Preview

13 Sep

Flying south a week ago, I stared out my window at summer fog blanketing the coastline and thinking about the earthquake faults far below. Suddenly the fog melted into little wavelets and I could see blue water and a beautiful sandy beach. From pouring over maps these last weeks, I recognized Morro Bay, where our walk goes on Oct 23.  And I could see our route for that day—US 1—angling in from the south through rich farmland. I was pretty sure I was right because just beyond the highway was the huge, mountainous piece of land jutting out into the ocean south of Morro Bay that normally hides the power plant from public view. Even from the plant gates, where we’ll start the walk, those rugged hills conceal this place of danger. But from up here, I could actually see the thing far away on the coastline—a brown scar of plowed up-land, laced with roads and spotted with tiny buildings—the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant!

I’m told this spot of earth was sacred to the Chumash people—the hole in the rock where new beings emerged into our world and the ancestors passed on their return. I’m eager to learn more from elders on the walk.

For now I want to share news and photos from a sister-walk being held in western Australia as we prepare for ours. The Walk Away from Uranium Mining—Towards Aboriginal Sovereignty is in its fourth week and going strong as 40 walkers including Traditional Custodians, internationals, and one newborn with his mother trek through lands under threat from uranium mining to fuel nuclear plants and weapon-makers abroad.

The Australian walk will end on October 30, just as we reach our mid-point in San Jose.

Every day we’re finding new communities to connect with and helpful resources. One you can download is a new 111 page report “Costs, risks, and myths of nuclear power, an NGO world-wide study on the implications of the catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station” from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

– From Louise

Fault Lines Near Diablo Canyon

4 Sep

As we lay our plans for the peacewalk, we seem to be part of a cosmic flow of information and energy. In August as we were getting started, activists from all over California held their first summit meeting to strategize about shutting down California’s two nuclear plants–both near coastal earthquake faults and both located on Native American sacred sites.

The one where we start our October walk is the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo.

Thanks to the summit activists for passing on this article written locally in the area where we’ll begin our walk. Two intersecting faults have been discovered near the plant since it was built–and this article shows them graphically:

Diablo Canyon Couldn’t Withstand Worst Case Scenario Earthquake

For more information there is this PBS film on these faults and Mothers for Peace, our San Luis Obispo sponsor, is making another which we’ll be able to view in October.