Summer Heat: 350 Maine Heads to Brayton Point, Mass. to Help Shut Down New England's Largest Coal Plant

Summer Heat in New England includes not only the Sebago Lake event on Saturday, July 20th but also an action and demonstration at the Brayton Point coal plant in Massachusetts on SUNDAY, July 28th.

Bus tickets are available for purchase here.
Event details here.

If you have questions, please contact 350 Maine organiser Heidi Brugger (heidinbrugger@gmail.com) with 'Brayton Point' in the subject line.

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So far more than one thousand citizens plan to come together for the mobilization at  Brayton Point, the largest coal plant remaining between Maryland and Maine. We will call for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and others to immediately close the poisonous plant and ensure a just transition for workers and host communities from the West Virginian mines to Somerset.

Maine Is Coming!

If you attended the Tar Sands Free New England rally in Portland this past January you know that 350 Massachusetts and 350 Vermont sent busloads of people to our Portland rally in January―long rides for many of them on a bitter cold day. We are being asked to make a similar sacrifice for the cause.

Details

The tide waits for no one and because the timing of the action relies on the tide, 350 Maine buses will have to depart in the wee hours of the morning.

We will have a bus leaving from south Hope-Union around 3:00 a.m. (final details will be sent to those who register). The bus will stop in Portland just before 5 am depart around, and will make one last stop at the Wells regional transportation center just before 6:00 a.m.

See time/details here.

This may seem like a hardship but remember that we are starting our action early in the day as well and those coming to Maine will face similar hardship for our cause. As part of 350.org's Summer Heat campaign, you can register to help shut down the Brayton Point coal plant here.

We wish we could have coach buses starting from more places in the north and east of the state, but we are an all-volunteer grassroots organization and do not have deep pockets. 350 Maine does not ask for membership fees and we have no large donors, so we have done what we can to help us get to this action.

To make the trip as affordable as possible, we are chartering a school bus, not a coach, with seats for 48 adults. The cost of a roundtrip ticket, regardless of where you board, is just $20. Reduced price and scholarships tickets will also be available for those who need it. No one turned away for lack of funds.

You can register and pay for your bus ticket here.

If there is enough interest we can add another bus, but the route and stops will remain the same.

On the ride down we will have nonviolent civil disobedience trainers on board to prepare you for the day’s events. We will likely arrive in Providence, RI, around 9:00 a.m. while the folks there are finishing up their NVCD training. Then all buses will travel together to the coal plant across the state line in Massachusetts. The action and demonstration will last through 4:00 p.m. when our bus will come to the plant to pick us up and carry us back to Maine.

Let's Go!

This will be a long and exciting day! Protestors need to bring a bag lunch, plenty of water, sunscreen, bug dope, and whatever else you need to last the day with no access to stores to supply you.

When you register with Summer Heat, you will see that the action takes place over two days. The first day is for NVCD training targeted to those who plan to plan to risk arrest (details). If this is your interest, you will need to provide your own transportation. Here is a ride share board if you want to carpool with Mainers. Once you register, you can ask for lodging through 350 Massachusetts (likely sleeping on a church floor). Our buses are only for Saturday, July 28. Because we cannot estimate the length of time that arrestees will need for booking, etc., and we need to have a departure time, the buses are for folks who are supporting the action with reduced risk.

Hope to see you on the bus or at the rendezvous point in Providence. Let’s turn up the Summer Heat and shut down the biggest fossil fuel plant in our region!