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Festival for Nuclear-Free Future

July 16, 2011 - July 16, 2011
Boston, Massachusetts

Festival for a Nuclear-Free Future

WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 2011 (2 to 5 pm)


Concerned that U.S. nuclear plants are subject to safety risks similar to those that caused the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, and aware of the ongoing dangers of nuclear proliferation and nuclear war, a coalition of Boston area peace, environmental, and religious groups have joined forces to sponsor a Festival for a Nuclear-Free Future Saturday, July 16, 2011 in Copley Square, Boston from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will present information on nuclear power safety and the risks of nuclear weapons in a fun, family-friendly way.

Musicians slated to perform include classic rock band Public Interest, Japanese style drummers Rutsubo Taiko, folk singer John Loretz, and a show choir from Showa Boston Academy. An eight foot globe will be unveiled showing the location of nuclear power facilities, nuclear weapons, and nuclear free zones across the world. Speakers will give brief talks on problems of nuclear power plant safety and on the risks of nuclear proliferation and nuclear weapons.

Actors wearing large animal puppets will mingle with the crowd, as will models from a nuclear themed fashion show. Attendees can write messages on a large banner which will be unveiled in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, the anniversary of the nuclear bomb explosion there. Kids will enjoy face painting and origami folding. A variety of sponsoring organizations will distribute literature and set up exhibits on clean energy alternatives.

The event is sponsored by:

  • Massachusetts Peace Action
  • United for Justice with Peace
  • Greater Boston Sierra Club
  • Greenpeace
  • Clean Water Action
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Coalition for a Strong United Nations
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Safe and Green Campaign
  • Women's Action for New Directions
  • Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety
  • Newton Dialogues on Peace and War
  • Concerned Educators Allied for a Safe Environment
  • First Church in Cambridge's Missions and Social Justice Committee
  • Community Church of Boston