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Former Gov. Dukakis & others speak at ‘March For Our Children’ rally

 State House Gardner Auditorium, Boston   (Map & Directions)

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At the conclusion of the ‘March for the Children,’ people gathered in Gardner Auditorium in the Massachusetts Statehouse for speakers including Former Governor Mike Dukakis, State Senator Dan Wolf, as well as Paul Gunter, founder of Clamshell Alliance and Subrata Ghoshroy, research affiiate at the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT speaking on his recent trip to Fukushima.  Also:

Dr. Cornelia van der Ziel, Boston Area Physicians for Social Responsibility
Jerry Frenkil, Executive Committee, MA Sierra Club
Ed DeWitt, President, Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Claire Miller, Toxics Action Center
Pine DuBois, Cape Cod BayWatch/Jones River Watershed Association
Anna Baker, Pilgrim Coalition
Mary Lampert, Pilgrim Watch
Deb Katz, Citizens Awareness Network
Nancy Braus, Safe and Green Campaign
Bruce Skud, No More Fukushimas
Guntram Mueller, MA Peace Action/Boston Downwinders
Sheila Parks, Ph.D, On Behalf of Planet Earth
Diane Turco, Cape Downwinders/MA Downwinders
Daniel Factor, Secretary, Green-Rainbow Party

Back in the 1980’s, Governor Michael S. Dukakis lead the fight to reject radiological emergency plans for Pilgrim and Seabrook.  During the 1986-88 shutdown of Pilgrim, Governor Dukakis and his administration confronted the NRC and opposed the emergency plans which they concluded would not protect the public, an all too familiar thread of concern.  That same strong position held up the licensing for the Seabrook nuclear reactor in NH.  Due to the Governor’s strident efforts for public safety, the NRC changed their regulations to include 10 CFR 50.47 which allows nuclear reactors to operate without ANY approved emergency plans, assuming the local emergency personnel will do their best any way. Once again, the NRC capitulates to the needs of the nuclear industry, a dangerous pattern that persists today.

Governor Dukakis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, and a visiting professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA.  He and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored How to Get Into Politics-and Why, which was designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career.  Dukakis was the three-term governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Read more: Dukakis fights for public safety >>

State Senator Dan Wolf is a third-term Massachusetts State Senator representing the Cape and Islands District. He is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Cape Air in Hyannis, Massachusetts. On November 4th, Dan was elected by the people of the Cape and Islands to serve a third term as State Senator.  He is an strong and outspoken proponent for closing Pilgrim due to the unacceptable public safety concerns.

Read more: Dan Wolf >> 


Paul Gunter is an ardent critic of nuclear power and a proponent for renewable energy for four decades. In 1976, he co-founded The Clamshell Alliance to oppose the construction and operation of the Seabrook nuclear power station through non-violent direct action on the New Hampshire seacoast. He is currently Director of the Reactor Oversight Project at Beyond Nuclear, a non-profit public interest group based in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Read more: Beyond Nuclear >>

Subrata Ghoshroy is a Research Affiliate in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Subrata is the co-Chair of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Social Responsibility (INES). He spent many years as an engineer before joining the academia. He was also a professional staff member of the US Congress and later a Senior Defense Analyst at GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, where he became its first whistle-blower. His research includes military funding of research, nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and global peace and security. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He writes frequently for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and is the co-author of the book South Asia at a Crossroads, Nomos, 2010.

Watch: Ghoshroy talk at MIT >>


The March began in Plymouth on June 13 and ended in Boston on June 16. Visit the full event page here for all the details >>

Purchase a March for Our Children t-shirt: More information and pictures on the March for Our Children event page >>

Please consider making a donation to help defray the event costs. Send donations and T-shirt orders to:
March For Our Children, PO Box 303, South Harwich, 02661