Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice — 9/6/2018

Photo courtesy of David Grossman

To our members, comrades and allies,

This coming Thursday, Sept. 6th, Shut Down Indian Point Now! will be participating in the “Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice” rally and March hosted by People’s Climate Movement NY.  SDIPN will be marching as the “Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free” contingent. We need as many of you as possible to participate with us.  For SDIPN members in particular, attending this event will count as one of the two annual events required to become or maintain your status as a voting member of SDIPN.

We need people to carry our banners and distribute flyers, all of which will be provided, but as always, feel free to bring your own materials too. We also understand that you may be participating as a member of one of the many other contingents. Here’s a suggestion: carry a sign with our slogan, “Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free,”  in your contingent.

Here are the details:

Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice
Rally & March
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Battery Park, NYC

  • 5:00 PM: Assemble at Castle Clinton
  • 6:00 PM: Program
  • 6:30 PM: March north up Church Street then over to Zucotti Park

For more information, visit the PCMNY website: https://www.pcmny.org/events

We will be the only participating group explicitly calling for an end to nuclear power, and for ending the Tier 3 subsidies* that NY State is giving to the 3 failing upstate nuclear power plants: Fitzpatrick, Ginna & Nine Mile Point.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), along with Gov. Cuomo, are responsible for promoting these bailouts, touting them as necessary to save jobs and to reach NY’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. We believe this is taking us in the wrong direction and must be ended. The money spent for these bailouts would be better served in subsidizing alternative clean, green energy sources, and in developing a true Just Transition Program that would provide re-training for, and employment in the new jobs that will be created. Please read Tim Judson’s recent article in the Gotham Gazette on why Tier 3 needs to go (link below).**

Please let us know if you will be participating. We really do need you to help get our explicit Nuclear-Free / Carbon-Free message out to the public. Please reach out to anyone  you know who might also want to participate. There are a variety of contingencies to join from Faith, to Nurses, to Unions and many in between.

RSVP to:
Catherine Skopic, SDIPN Chair: (212) 227-7847 / catherineskopic@yahoo.com
Carl Lundgren, SDIPN Secy-Treas: (347) 920-1606 / bronxgreens1@verizon.net

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

For people and planet,

Catherine Skopic
Carl Lundgren


*Tier 3 information: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5883
**Tim Judson article: http://www.gothamgazette.com/opinion/7876-unraveling-the-new-york-nuclear-subsidy-scam

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SDIPN 2018 Mid Year Meeting

The SDIPN 2018 Mid Year Membership & Business meeting will take place Sunday, June 17th from 3—5 pm in the Otello room at Yeoryia Studios, in the Epic Security Bldg., 2067 Broadway,5th Floor Between 71st & 72nd Streets, New York, NY 10023.

The agenda will include:

  • REPORTS:
    • Remembrances of Ann Eagan and a report on  the Celebration of Life event held in her honor.
    • Remembrances and reflections on the passing of SDIPN member and long time activist Noz Cavlan.
    • SDIPN Earth Day event in Battery Park .
    • SDIPN Left Forum panel “Bailouts – Decommissioning — Just Transition.”
    • Poor People’s Campaign.
  • DISCUSSIONS:
    • How to get youth involved with SDIPN and organizing a Youth Speak Up.
    • Other ideas for “themed meetings.”
    • Brainstorming on activities and events for SDIPN fund raisers.

DIRECTIONS: Take the #1 subway or the M104 bus to 72nd Street. The building is directly across the street from the subway station on the West side of Broadway.

The meeting is open to the public and we welcome your participation.

#SHUTDOWNIPNOW

Nuclear Power is Dead. Time for a Just Transition: A Left Forum Panel

SDIPN will once again be hosting a Left Forum panel. The theme for 2017 is “The Resistance.” Our panel  is entitled, “Nuclear Power is Dead. Time for a Just Transition.” The panel is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th 12 Noon — 1:50PM, in room 1.65. Our scheduled panelists will be Estela Vazquez, Exec. VP of 1199 SEIU, and Alfred Meyer, Co-Chair of the Radiation and Health Committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility. SDIPN Co-Chairs Catherine Skopic and Carl Lundgren will facilitate and make presentations.

Visit www.leftforum.org to register.

Here is the panel abstract from the Left Forum website:

“Nuclear power has come to the end of it’s long, destructive road. The industry itself acknowledges this in it’s own publications and analyses but the public is still being conned — through editorials, op-eds, and propaganda — into believing it’s still necessary as a bridge to clean, green alternative energy sources. One of the tactics they use repeatedly is to shift the discussion to the “devastating” impact closures would have on workers, their families and communities, pitting labor against potential allies among activists for social, economic, political and environmental change. The issue has become even more contentious with states such as NY spending billions on bailing out aging, failing nukes instead of developing programs for a “Just Transition.” Our panel will discuss what a program for a genuine Just Transition would look like; one that would ensure employment for workers, security for their families, and stability for affected communities. We will encourage participants to offer their suggestions and ideas. Using the Indian Point nuclear facility as an example, we’ll provide the verifiable facts and figures that counter the misinformation we’re being fed, and explain how the money being misused for bailouts would be put to better use in the transition to a nuclear and fossil-fuel free future.”

6th Anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

March 11, 2017 marks the sixth anniversary of the Great Earthquake and the disaster at Fukushima. We are fortunate and honored to host Dr. Gordon Edwards for our Fukushima program this year on March 10, 7 pm at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in NYC, 593 Columbus Avenue. He will also be presenting on March 11, 1:30 pm at the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street.

Dr. Edwards is renowned for his knowledge on the nuclear fuel cycle. He will be talking with us about Rolling Stewardship – how to best store high level radioactive waste. This topic is particularly timely since the closing of Indian Point in four years moves us quickly towards decommissioning and what to do with the tons of high level waste stored there. There is more high level radioactive waste stored at Indian Point than there was in all the spent fuel pools at Fukushima. Please mark your calendar for this important event and enjoy the interview of Dr. Edwards on the “Nuclear Hotseat.”

SDIPN at the Left Forum

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What Does a Just Transition Look Like; How Do We Get There?

SDIPN at the Left Forum Conference 2016
Saturday, May 21st, 12:00 PM – 1:50 PM
John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St. New York, NY / Rm 1.87

There has been much talk in recent years about Just Transition: providing training and employment for workers moving from the fossil fuel and nuclear industries into new green, alternative, sustainable jobs. It sounds great. We seem to have a vague idea of what Just Transition means but how we get there still needs a lot of work and planning. A program for just transition needs to be developed with the help of environmental activists, workers, and elected officials. Our panel will ask the questions and try to provide some of the answers and requirements for creating the framework to take Just Transition from a vision statement to a reality.


Co-Facilitators:
Catherine Skopic: Chair SDIPN Legislative Committee
Carl Lundgren: Chair SDIPN

Speakers:
Susan Shapiro: Attorney, Hito-Shapiro Law
Sean Sweeney: CUNY Murphy Institute, Respondent

Please register online at www.leftforum.org

Fukushima +5 Peace Walk

Members of SDIPN participated in a walk from the Peekskill Metro North station to the Indian Point nuclear power facility in Buchanan on Sunday, March 13th to mark the 5th anniversary of the ongoing nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.

#shutdownipnow

Report on March 3rd Rally at City Hall

12819411_10153961955839629_5246872733553416482_oVia SDIPN member Marty Rajandran: “3 March action at NYC City Hall ‘ARE RECENT leaks of radioactive Tritium a danger to NYC water supply?’ A group of about 25 called on Mayor Del Blasio to support an independent investigation on the recent multiple accidents at Indian Point, Nuclear Power Plant, 25 miles from NYC. Already affected are groundwater around Indian Point and the Hudson River. Entergy says that there is no threat to public health! Do we really believe this? Is this a threat to NYC water supply? And what about other towns along the Hudson?…..Its time to shut it down. Mayor, join our call, that of millions of NYers, including the Governor, to say SHUT IT DOWN NOW. Call your local council member to support Resolution 0694: Shut Down Indian Point.”
‪#‎shutdownipnow‬


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SDIPN Annual Meeting Report

The SDIPN Annual Meeting took place at the Church of St. Paul And St. Andrew on West 86th St. this past Saturday, Feb. 27th. An annual business meeting in February was established at our January meeting, along with two other scheduled meetings that will take place in late May and late October.

The main order of business was the election of officers for the 2016 term. Officers are elected to one year terms and may serve three consecutive terms.

Re-elected were Chair, Carl Lundgren and Treasurer, Ann Eagan. John Reynolds, who had served as Secretary, was elected to the new office of Corresponding Secretary. In a vote taken prior to the election, a proposal to divide the office of Secretary into the offices of Corresponding and Recording Secretaries was approved by consensus. No candidate came forward to run for Recording Secretary so John will assume both positions until a candidate can be found. Continue reading

Rally: Indian Point Tritium Leaks

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Media Advisory – 2/23/16

WhatRally: Indian Point Tritium Leaks – Close Indian Point

Question – “Mayor de Blasio – Is Our Water Safe?”

When – Thursday, March 3, 2016,         12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

Where – Chambers & Centre St; NE of City Hall; #4, #5, #6, E, A, #1-3 Trains

Sponsoring Organization – Shut Down Indian Point Now   www.sdipn.net / 347-640-3660 / www.facebook.com/sdipn / @sdipn Continue reading

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Rally: Radioactive Leak at IP Threatens Our Water Supply

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