Residents Rally Against Base Machine Gun Range

Residents Rally Against Base Machine Gun Range

Residents gather at the Forestdale School in Sandwich to rally against plans to build a machine gun firing range on Joint Base Cape Cod. Approximately 200 residents showed up Saturday, June 26 to protest a machine gun firing range proposed by the Massachusetts National Guard at Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC). The protest rally and press conference, which was called “Protect Us. Protect Our Water,” was held outside the Forestdale School in Sandwich, which directly abuts the military base and is very near where the range is planned. Speakers representing a Cape-wide coalition of environmental, youth, faith, and social justice groups spoke against the military’s plans. “Facing an existential climate crisis, and with climate instability named as the number one security risk by the highest levels of the U.S. military, this plan was clearly ill-conceived,” rally organizer Rosemary Carey, a leader of the climate action group, 350 Cape Cod, said. Supporters arrived in shades of blue to signify solidarity in the call to protect the Cape’s water supply and fragile ecosystem. Coalition leaders reiterated many reasons the project should be halted, highlighting the risk of contamination to the sole source aquifer that supplies four Upper Cape towns as well as Barnstable and Yarmouth with drinking water. Speakers cited the displacement of natural habitat and destruction of 170 acres of trees, the lack of transparency and community involvement with the proposed plan among other social, economic and cultural concerns. State Representative Dylan Fernandes (D-Falmouth) along with other coalition members, called […]

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