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Groups Hold Anti-Nuclear Protest at State Beach

The protest and preceding memorial ceremony over the weekend marked the anniversary of Japan’s Fukushima-Dai-ich disaster.

Hundreds of Southern California residents gathered about a mile south at San Onofre state beach to protest the San Onofre Nuclear Generator Station’s continued operation.

“Big problem,” was chanted in both English and Japanese as well as “We shall not be nuked,” throughout the state park as the colorful crowd holding signs or dressed in costume marched down a dirt trail toward the plant. 

The day marks the anniversary of Japan’s tragic earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and was part of a two-day anti-nuclear event.

 “These two nuclear generators that people are spending their tax money on are not functioning well,” said San Clemente Green’s Gary Headrick. “Things are not running properly and it’s just profit over safety. We are doing everything we can to stop it.”

Headrick's group operates a website and he writes to advocate against the use of nuclear power. 

Both reactors have been shut down for technology upgrades as well as the water leak.

At the protest, the women’s “Occupella Choir” sang “Do-Re-Mi” substituting words for anti-nuclear demonstration lyrics.

Ace Hoffman, who said he's a technical advisor for the anti-nuclear movement in Southern California, said that though Southern California Edison stands to make a lot of money from SONGS, the company should be investing in renewable energy.

“There is a great incentive to run those nuclear reactors,” said Ace Hoffman, an anti-nuclear technical advisor. “We have wind, sun and tides and have been doing fine for a month without the reactors.”

A candlelight memorial was also held at San Clemente’s Saturday night to honor the lives lost in the Japanese disaster and to premier “Fukushima, Never Again,” a documentary focused on raising awareness of the long-term affects of radiation.

 “I didn’t know anything about nuclear disasters when it happened,” said Fukushima Dai-ich survivor Kyoko Sugasawa, who spoke at the rally. “As a mother, I see the youth and we are the ones fighting. So together if we can raise our awareness, the we can stop this calamity.”

 “We are kept away from things you see on the internet,” said another Fukushima Dai-ich survivor, Hirohide Sukuma. “That kind of misinformation and miseducation is so prominent. We are ashamed of the Japanese government.” 

Many more speakers including the Chairwoman for Progressive Democrats of America Mimi Kennedy and professional surfer Cori Schumacher, shared personal accounts of growing up around the plant and the possibility of it’s physical affects on family members.

“We surf the runoff of progress and the waste of our nation.” said Schumacher.

There is talk among the protesters of another demonstration April 28 which marks the anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Plant disaster.

Editor's Note: The attached poll has been live since January, when it was posted nationally on Patch's parent company's website, AOL News.

Alberto Barrera March 12, 2012 at 06:37 PM
*Chernobyl was the 26th
Jackie Connor March 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
This is true, but April 26th falls on a Thursday this year.
Diane Hennessy March 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
So 1800 of 2000 love SONGS eh? Sorry, I'm not drinking that kool-aid ... I do believe the poll is terribly skewed.
ms.sc. March 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Agreed Diane!
Lisa Merriam McClure March 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I want to know why the Japanese visitors found radiation readings equivalents to those in the Miyagi Prefecture near Fukushima. I want to know why San Juan Capistrano parents were alerted by telephone of the plant leaking and San Clemente parents were not. You are welcome to read my blog post on the weekend at http://decommission.sanonofre.com/2012/03/fukushima-remembered-in-san-clemente.html
Donna Gilmore March 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Download and mail the California Nuclear Initiative petition by 4/7/2012. Then the people can decide if they want to shutdown the California nuke plants. Government is not protecting our families, so we must do it ourselves. But it won't happen without your help. Go to http://californianuclearinitiative.com/ San Onofre has the worst safety record and worst record of retaliating against employees for reporting safety violations. See NRC data at http://sanonofresafety.org/ We don't need the San Onofre or Diablo Canyon nuclear plants for energy, so why are we living with the risks? See government data at http://sanonofresafety.org/energy-options/ San Onofre is working day and night to put defective steam generators back on line. These new generators were supposed to last 40 years, yet one had a radiation leak after less than one year. And they are showing premature wear. Steam generators can cause a meltdown. We were lucky this time. Do you really trust San Onofre to do it right this time?
Gary Headrick March 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM
I saw this poll just a half hour after it came out from the Camp Pendleton Patch. Amazingly, they had over 1000 pro nuke votes and only two anti nuke votes in a half hour. I think this poll may be vulnerable to hacking or the pro nuke side has a new ambitious campaign in place now.
Gary Headrick March 13, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Actually, it may have been this poll that I happened to see soon after it was published. I wasn't able to find it on Camp Pendleton Patch when I looked again. Still, 1000 votes within a half hour of being published?
Gary Headrick March 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Now I did find it after all, and it let me vote again at http://camppendleton.patch.com/articles/songs-protest-brings-southern-california-residents-to-san-onofre-state-beach
Patti Davis March 14, 2012 at 01:16 AM
SC Edison must be very desperate - hacking a public poll! Disgusting We should trust them with safety?
ms.sc. March 14, 2012 at 02:11 AM
What comes around, goes around. Sadley these "scientific idiots" do not believe in the earth's "ring of fire". Greed is sad.
Adam Townsend March 14, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The reason there are thousands of votes is that the same poll ran nationally for about two days on the homepage of AOL News, our parent company, when the leak at the plant initially sprung--it was in front of tens of thousands of readers all over the country. The poll has been live since then. Sorry that was not stated.
Yawapa Lee March 14, 2012 at 04:13 AM
I did the same thing and it let me vote again! What a joke!!!
Adam Townsend March 14, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I added an editors note to this article. The poll has actually been live since January and appeared nationally. I apologize for not stating this outright.

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