Crowe, who lives in Northampton, said she’s been at this since 1945, when she was 26. After becoming a peace activist, and later a war tax refuser, she said she was part of Shut It Down, a group that helped close the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station in 2014. Now it’s hydro-fracked gas she is working against.
“I am very much opposed to taking our fuel out of the ground,” she said. “We can meet our needs with wind and solar. This is the answer for the future.” “My life has been devoted to trying to wake people up,” she added.
“We just don’t want anyone to get run over here,” said Major Michael Habel, gesturing to all kinds of blocked traffic on this rough rural road. “We understand that they have the right to do this.”
The protesters then walked the road to their staging ground, holding up tractor-trailers carrying pipes and other workers, who rolled down their windows to talk to police. The group sang and cheered as Crowe was arrested. While six were put in the van headed for jail, Connie Harvard got arrested partly so she could stay with Crowe.
Watching the scene, which again stopped traffic, activist Terran Giacomimi said Crowe was an inspiration.
“She’s a fighter,” she said. “For the people.”