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POSTPONED: Nuclear Free Future: Walk for Life… Water… Mother Earth (WNY)
April 3, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
April 3rd – 26th, walking from Buffalo to New York City (250 miles). The walk will visit where nuclear waste dumps on Indigenous People territories like the Six Nations Territories in New York State.
Historically and currently, native communities have been targeted with nuclear weapons waste dumps and nuclear power plants, which were labeled “National Sacrifice Zones.” The Tuscarora Nation is affected by the Niagara Falls Storage Sites, and the Seneca Nation is affected by the West Valley Site (a complex radioactive waste site located 30 miles south of Buffalo). The Oswego reactor (the oldest reactor in the U.S., similar to the Fukushima plant in Japan) is located in the Onondaga Territory affecting Lake Ontario in NYS and Canada. These communities bear a disproportionate burden of risk from the nuclear fuel cycle. These nuclear waste areas permanently impair our environment, create damage, and continue to burden our climate. They sacrifice our future and endanger many generations to come.
Please join us by walking for an hour, a day, or for the entirety. We plan to walk 10 to 15 miles per day. You can support us by organizing a community potluck, a sharing circle, a visit to your mayor, a place for our work or to sleep, or coverage by the local media. We will have cell phone contact during the walk; feel free to call at 518-466-8819 (but no text messages!). No drugs, no alcohol.
Fri, 4/3: Arrival in Buffalo with welcome (~4 PM)
Sat, 4/4: Welcome ceremony at Tonawanda-Seneca Nation; travel to Allegany Indian Nation for walk around the Salamanca area.
Sun, 4/5: Sunrise ceremony at West Valley; walk to Mortons Corners
Tues, 4/7: Walk from Mikey’s Gas Smoke Shop to Seneca Beach
Weds, 4/8: Niagara Falls – Tuscarora Nation afternoon walk to nuclear dump site near Youngstown local training area (NY Army National Guard)
Thurs 4/9: Sunrise ceremony at Niagara Falls; travel to Syracuse
Fri 4/10: Good Friday walk around Syracuse areas and to Onondaga Nation
Sat, 4/11: Onondaga Nation – Onondaga Lake
Sun 4/12: Tully – Cortland
Mon, 4/13: Cortland – Dryden
Tues, 4/14: Dryden – Ithaca
Weds, 4/15: Syracuse to Albany, then walk from Albany to Colonie, NY Deplete Uranium dump site.
Thurs, 4/16: Albany – Knoll’s Atomic Lab
Friday, 4/17: Niskayuna – Troy
Sat, 4/18: Rest day at Grafton Peace Pagoda
Sun, 4/19: Grafton Peace Pagoda – Stony Point
Mon, 4/20: Stony Point – Ramapough Lenape Nation campsite
Tues, 4/21: Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant closing date; walking and gathering
Weds, 4/22: Ridgewood – Port Lee
Thurs 4/23: GW Bridge from NY side to UN
Fri, 4/24: Peace vigil in front of UN
Sat, 4/25: Peace vigil in front of UN
Sun, 4/26: NGO Peace Walk
The Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)’s objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and technology and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament. The unfinished task before the 2020 NPT Review Conference, which is scheduled to begin April 27th, is to help pave the way to a world without the threat of nuclear weapons.
Today, we have a more effective tool to achieve a Nuclear Weapon Free World with the UN Treat on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (adopted in July 2017). The Treaty will enter into legal force once fifty nations have signed and ratified it (as of today, there are 34). As we witness the escalation of tension between the US and Iran, we urge the world to ratify the UN Treaty on he Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Albany to Grafton Area Organizer Contacts:
Jun Yasuda, National Organizer 518-658-9301
Nipponzan Myohoji – Grafton Peace Pagoda
Stony Point to NYC Organizer Contacts:
George-cho 646-784-7616 [email protected]