The Sierra Club of Cape Cod will host a demonstration demanding further review of the proposed Massachusetts Army National Guard machine gun firing range at Joint Base Cape Cod tomorrow, October 12.
Starting at 11 AM, Sierra Cape Cod will be joined by Cape Cod Democratic Socialists of America, Cape Cod Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Coalition for Social Justice, Faith Communities Environmental Network, Harwich Climate Action Network, Nauset Fellowship, Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, and Sustainable Practices as they rally to demand a more rigorous environmental review for the proposed machine gun range project at the military base. Demonstrators will meet that the Forestdale School, 151 Route 130, Forestdale.
At 11:30 AM, the demonstrators will stand out at the school entrance, near the intersection of Route 151 and Quaker Meeting House Road in Sandwich. The rally, Cape in the Crosshairs: Mobilizing for Action, runs until 12:30 PM.
"Last week's meeting on the proposed multi-purpose machine gun range at the Massachusetts Military Reservation underscored the critical importance of additional vetting for this ill-advised project, including a full environmental impact statement and public hearings featuring comments and questions from citizens and stakeholders," said Chris Powicki of Sierra Cape Cod. "The state's Environmental Management Commission, expected to meet later this month, needs to hear this message loud and clear."
Members of the Sierra Club argue this review is necessary because the proposed machine gun range said threatens drinking water, increases greenhouse gas emissions, disrupts nearby communities and clear-cuts approximately 170 acres of forest habitat.