Local Groups Will Host Film and Q&A
About Industrial Siting in Rural Communities
Tuesday, August 7th at 7PM
Glen Theater in Watkins Glen

Finger Lakes Bioneers is co-sponsoring an event with Gas Free Seneca and  The Finger Lakes Sierra Club Group   to foster learning and communication within the region regarding the challenges of development that has an industrial focus. The 90-minute film entitled “My Name is Allegany County” will be screened followed by a discussion afterwards with one of the principal figures involved with the recorded events.

This film explores democratic decision-making, environmental policy, legal rights, corporate responsibility, and the challenges of using highly industrial technology in rural locations. The Glen Theater is located at 112 North Franklin Street right in downtown Watkins Glen.  Admission is $5.00. Some refreshments will be available.

The independently produced film is a documentary narrative illustrating the early 1990’s struggles and strategies of a wide array of citizens of western NY’s Allegany County who achieved success at the state level and at the US Supreme Court to prevent nuclear waste from being sited in their communities. Grandparents, merchants, teachers, homemakers, professionals, farmers, and blue collar workers connected over their caring for their rural places and succeeded against significant odds.

Richard “Spike” Jones, longtime Allegany County resident and a key member of the 1989-1993 opposition to the State of New York’s ambitions, will be at the screening to discuss the events. He has travelled extensively in the US over the last twenty years to discuss his views and activism.