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25th Anniversary of Chernobyl: No More Nukes Demo in Menlo Park, CA
by Mei Bo Chan
Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
As of today, it has been a quarter century since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The Raging Grannies, in solidarity with Abalone Alliance in San Francisco and other activists around the world, remembered the victims of that man-made catastrophe. They demonstrated against nuclear energy along the El Camino Real in Menlo Park, California, and performed for a lunch crowd in front of nearby Cafe Borrone.
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Activist older women performed street theater called: “New Trends in Nuclear Radiation Wear for SF Bay Area Fashionistas” with a catwalk of “nuclear radiation protection wear”. The theme of their vignette: nuclear "protection" wear doesn’t protect anything!

They were joined by community members living in or near Menlo Park, some of whom read about the anti-nuke demo on indybay while others found about it via the Nuclear Information Resource Center website (see link here). One local resident came by to hold a no-nuke sign who had heard about the demo on corporate TV news this morning.

Menlo Park is home to the USGS Science Facility and the Raging Grannies say: listen to the REAL scientists at USGS—-their literature is peer-reviewed. The scientists at the US Geological Survey know: the severity of earthquakes can NOT be safely predicted as PG&E would have us believe!

The Grannies spoke and sang for camera and video to remind the public to help get the message to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission: PG&E owns the nuclear facility at Diablo Canyon and its motive is PROFIT, not safety. Don’t forget that PG&E is the same company that brought us the San Bruno disaster! Last month the Grannies talked to some USGS employees; they are unhappy that PG&E is spewing BS statistics the way Fukushima is spewing radiation.
§two community members who heard about the demo
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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They made a sign on the spot and joined the line up of demonstrators along El Camino
§Waving to passing cars
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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§Don't Gamble on Nukes
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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§Dr. in Red
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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Heard about the demo on corporate media and said, "whenever it is about health, I'll be there."
§Waving as a firetruck went by
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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Firemen against nukes waved back. Granny Jane (center) was part of the fashion show street theater later, in her hazmat costume. Granny Mary at left wore nuclear protection head gear. Granny Shirley at right played ukulele to accompany singing for the lunch crowd gathered in nearby plaza.
§costume closeup
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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§In the plaza ready to sing
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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§After singing and demonstrating for the cafe outdoor crowd...
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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Grannies took their message to the indoor patrons, by joining them for lunch...in costume, with signs and banners
§inspecting lunch
by Mei Bo Chan Tuesday Apr 26th, 2011 4:09 PM
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Radiation levels = ?
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I have to sayCoffee DrinkerSaturday Apr 30th, 2011 1:15 PM