Friday, January 24, 2014
Sumas Border Protest against Amchitka Nuclear Testing 1972 Part 1
Who remembers the protesters that blocked the border crossing in 1972? I seem to remember it being in the summer. I remember my parents instructing me to stay in the house that day because there was a fear that the protest could turn violent. My father, Burl Beane, who was Port Director at the Customs office was totally disgusted when a school teacher from Canada brought his students to the demonstration as a learning experience. There was concern that the situation was going to be volatile and Burl felt that it was irresponsible of a school teacher to put his students in harm way.
The protesters were demonstrating against the Amchitka nuclear testing in Alaska that took place from 1971 - 1972.