March for Our Children

Sat . June 13 Tue . June 16 . 2015
 Plymouth to Boston   (Map & Directions)
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Pilgrim is among the 5 worst run reactors in the US*. Pledge solidarity to keep the South Shore, Cape Cod, Boston, and New England clean and safe for generations to come by joining the citizen’s march to revoke Pilgrim’s operating license and remove this nuclear threat from our lives. Refuse to be a radiation refugee! 

We will march 54 miles over 4 days – from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth to the Boston State House. You can join us for part of, or all of the march. Good company, meals and accommodations will be provided. All belongings can be towed by van, so you will not have to carry any of your gear.

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General Information of Accommodations

Housing on Day 1 (June 13) at the Beal House in Kingston – Indoor floor space for sleeping bags and air mattresses, or tent space outside. Bathroom facilities, but no shower.  

Housing on Days 2-3 (June 14-15) at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham – Beds are $50 per person, or tent and indoor floor space available free on the property. Bathroom facilities with showers, donations encouraged.

Vegetarian Meals are $20 per day and include breakfast, bagged lunch during the march, and dinner served at the Abbey.   Please bring your own bagged lunch for Day 1.  Dinner will be provided at the Beale House at reduced charge.

Parking your car: Best to be dropped off at the start of each day if possible. Otherwise, there will be a shuttle from finish to start to retrieve autos. Cars can be parked at the Glastonbury Abbey lower lot, 16 Hull Street, Hingham for day 2/3/4.

What to Bring for the March

  • Great passion for change
  • Refillable water bottle, snacks
  • Sleeping bag/pad, pillow, tent
  • Bath towel, toiletries
  • Good walking shoes, foot powder
  • Extra socks and clothes
  • Raincoat, umbrella
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  • Baby stroller (symbol of march- Our Children)
  • Money, commuter train ticket
  • Emergency contact information

What NOT to Bring

  • Pets
  • Drugs or alcohol
  • Weapons

Important: We will plan to walk 2 miles an hour to make room for street crossings, handouts of information. It will be necessary to leave early and to stay together in order to catch the trains. You will need to have cash on your person for train tickets and a bag lunch on the first day. A support vehicle would be with us for emergencies and to assist tired walkers.

Marchers are encouraged to wear the yellow ‘March For Our Children’ t-shirt to be part of the symbolic ‘radioactive plume’.  We have banners with the ‘contamination relocation’ message and ask folks to not bring other banners or posters so that the message is clear as we walk throughout the South Shore and Metro Boston communities.  Shut Pilgrim and clean it up!

Day 1 – Saturday, June 13

We will gather at St. Catherine’s Park (95 White Horse Road, Manomet) at 8 AM and leave promptly at 9 AM. We will walk down White Horse Road to Rocky Hill Road where we will briefly wave goodbye to the troubled Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor. Next, we will travel on to Route 3A North (6.4 miles) to Pilgrim Memorial State Park for our Rally and Lunch at 12 Noon. At about 1:00 PM we will follow Route 3A North to Green Street in Kingston. Then, we will cross Route 106 in order to spend the night at Beal House, 222 Main Street,  (5.1 miles) for a Rally, music and rest. (11.5 miles total)

Day 1 Report:
What a Day One! Twenty five-forty people joined the first leg of the March For Our Children. Beginning under threatening skies, the sun broke out as we began the march for an absolutely gorgeous day walking through Plymouth and Kingston calling for the shutdown of Pilgrim for our children and future generations, for our beautiful communities, and our planet Earth. Folks from VT, RI, Chatham, Duxbury, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Rockland, Hingham, Hull, Harwich, Dennis, Abington, Bourne, Orleans, Wellfleet, Mashpee, Kingston, Cambridge, Quincy, Brockton, Weymouth, Fall River and other towns marched with spirit and passion, building community and support to close Pilgrim. Plymouth and Kingston were most receptive as pedestrians stopped and talked and drivers honked and cheered as they drove by. Doug Long reports, “We have never heard more cars honk their horns in support!” After going to many anti-nuclear marches”, Nancy Braus, a Close Vermont Yankee veteran observed on walking through downtown Plymouth, “It was unusual that we were approached by such a large number of young people who were really concerned about Pilgrim and shared that they didn’t understand the issue and wanted to learn more.” Paula Sharaga, from Boston Downwinders, reflected that she found the day most powerful by ‘walking by the beautiful Plymouth landscape with wonderful friends who share the commitment to keep it this way.” We ended the 11.5 mile walk at the Beal House in Kingston enjoying a fine Italian meal provided by the Glastonbury Abbey staff Felicia and John. Elaine says with joy, “I made it!”. Elizabeth McConnell from Quincy, who walked dressed as a Pilgrim with a ‘danger radioactive sign’, says that she is so pleased to be part of this effort. The videographer documenting this event for, Dan Brielmann, is impressed that those marching are grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers, and fathers, sons and daughters, just regular people trying to make the world a better place for the children. Thank you to John and Fr. Andrew for planning such a beautiful route and Frank Mand for joining us for the day and dinner to cover the march for the Old Colony Memorial. Thank you to Mary Conathan, Bonnie Bridges, Bill Maurer, Susan Carpenter, Margaret Stevens, Maxine Wolfset (terrific photos!), Marischka Dopp, Mary Lampert, and Joe Waldstein for the joining today! Don Barton made it to the Beal House! And thanks to Joyce Katzberg for singing her magic at the Pilgrim Memorial Park.

Today, we continue to shake the status quo and call attention to the Pilgrim threat as we march through Kingston, Duxbury, Pembroke, Marshfield, and end in Scituate, staying with our most generous hosts at the Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham.  

Check out today’s route and join us! Shut Pilgrim NOW! 

Day 2 – Sunday, June 14

We will eat breakfast and leave Beal House at 9AM. We will take Green St. to 3A North to Route 53 North to Keene St. We will follow Keene St. to North St., to Mount Skirggo St., to Route 139. We will eat Lunch in Veterans Memorial Park from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM. Then we will go West on Route 139 and turn right onto Forest St. Follow Forest St. to Valley Path, to Spring St. then back onto Route 3A North. We will follow Route 3A North to Greenbush Train Station (14 miles). We will catch the 6:30 PM train to the Cohasset Train Station. We will walk on East St. (1 mile) to Glastonbury Abbey where we will spend the night.(14 miles total)

Day 3 – Monday, June 15

Early breakfast at the Abbey. We will need to be walking at 6:45 AM in order to catch the train back to Greenbush Train Station in Scituate. Upon leaving the Train Station, we will follow Route 3A North. Late risers can catch up with us at 11:00 AM at the Route 3A and Route 228 intersection. We will have lunch at Hingham Harbor from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM. After lunch we will walk through Hingham Center to Beal Street and North to Route 3A. We will take Green Street in Weymouth to Commercial Street to the Weymouth Landing/ East Braintree Train Station. Then, we will take the Train back to Cohasset Station and walk back to Glastonbury Abbey for a Concert, Rally and rest. (14 miles total)

Concert by Local Musicians on June 15 from 7-9pm 
at the Glastonbury Abbey Conference Center

For Further Information Contact Father Andrew: 
781-749-2155 (Ext. 223) or

Day 4 – Tuesday, June 16

Early breakfast at the Abbey. We will begin walking at 5:20 AM in order to catch the 5:54 AM train at Cohasset Train Station to the Weymouth Landing/East Braintree Train Station (6:13 AM). (Late risers can catch the 10:48 AM train at Cohasset Train Station to South Station and walk across the street to Dewey Square.) After leaving the Weymouth Landing/East Braintree Train Station we will take Route 53 North to Quincy Center then to Route 3A North. At Neponset Circle we will walk to Morrissey Blvd, then to L Street, to Summer Street arriving at Dewey Square. Meet folks coming on trains, boats, and busses here at noon for a gathering and song. At 1:00 PM we will take the short final walk up Summer Street to the State House for a 2:00 PM rally in the Gardner Auditorium. (12 miles total)

Former Governor Michael Dukakis and others to speak at the March For Our Children rally, click here for more information on the rally and speakers >>

After the rally at the State House, we will walk back to South Station and take the 5:20 PM Greenbush train to Cohasset. Finally, we will walk to Glastonbury Abbey to say our good-byes. For those who can’t walk these distances, you can meet us at South Station/Dewey Square between noon and 1:00pm on June 16 for the final walk to the State House and 2:00pm rally in the Gardner Auditorium.  Photo on the State House steps facing the Common at 1:15. Please be advised when you enter the State House, you will go through security.  Any banners or posters will not be allowed into the building.  


T-shirts are $20 and will be also be sold during the March and at the State House.
Sizes available: S/M/L/XL. To order, send check and size preference to:
March For Our Children / T-shirt order

PO Box 303

South Harwich, MA 02661

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Contact us for more information

John Gauley (Occupy Hingham) (781) 749-2155 x211
Diane Turco (Cape/MA Downwinders)  (508) 776-3132  or
Guntram Mueller (Boston Downwinders)
Father Andrew Quillen, OSB (Occupy Hingham)

Please send all donations and registration funds to:

March For Our Children

PO Box 303

South Harwich, MA 02661

Documenting the March will be Dan Brielmann of
Dan Brielmann

Dan Brielmann has over thirty years of TV news experience, the last twelve at WBZ channel 4 as a news videographer and editor. Together, Dan and Marilyn Brielmann host a website where they post the stories, documentaries, and a series on the Bay Circuit Trail hike which is 200-miles long and goes through 37 communities. Dan’s 650-mile hike of the New England portion of the Appalachian Trail is also part of the line-up. Their newest show “Environmental Awakening” is available to cable and non-commercial TV stations throughout the United States.

*Nuclear Regulatory Commission website, March 2015