In 2013 longtime community organizer and journalist Al Giordano returned to the Northeast United States and interviewed veterans of the first years of the movement against nuclear power and the nuclear freeze movement that was born from it.
Giordano and journalist Laura Garcia logged 5,000 miles over three months and interviewed more than 100 organizers, activists and journalists who were participants and witness to the events in New England that gave birth to the No Nukes movement and stopped a new generation of 1,000+ planned nuclear power plants in the United States.
Here is a sample chapter of the book:
Clam Magic: The Birth of a National Anti-Nuclear Movement
Al will deliver, by this time next year, a similar oral history chapter on the struggle to close Vermont Yankee during the years of 1973 to 1982.
Three months on the road with rental car, hotels and other costs proved expensive. A major funder, mid-project, became interested in different things. And the project ran out of funds but still has many experienced organizers that must be included in this book and its extensive archives (more than 200 pounds of documents have been preserved and digitalized).
We’ve heard much interest in sending Al back to Vermont where he can finish this job and make sure this important story – of a successful social movement, one that trained its participants in nonviolence and organizing to win battle after battle – is told well to new generations.
He’ll need resources for transportation and other costs and to bring a photographer and archivist with him – most likely from the pool of more than 500 graduates of the School of Authentic Journalism which he founded in Mexico 14 years ago – and we consider $13,758 the minimum that would be needed to do the job well in Vermont (although if we meet the goal, keep giving and we’ll be able to do even more).
“After a September 1979 occupation at the gates of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant, the daily Brattleboro Reformer wrote about my role in it. I was 19 at the time had never received that kind of public attention for anything,” Al recalls. “A veteran community organizer in Putney, Vermont, Bill Moyer, invited me to his house and said, ‘You’re smart but you’re doing many things wrong. You need to be less of an activist and more of an organizer.’ And he set about training me in the arts of persuasion, door to door canvassing and the creation of dilemma actions. I found his lessons useful – they helped us win some early victories - and soon the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance and the No Nukes and safe energy movements became a real force in the state’s politics and policies.”
Al’s isn’t the only story. Many Vermonters participated and were witness to these events. Since 2013, one of the key organizers, John Warshow of Plaistow, Vermont, died at age 59 of multiple myeloma. There is an urgency to get the stories of those who changed and made history recorded and archived and told. It’s the story of a movement that created a ripple that shook far beyond the borders of Vermont and New England. Please pledge what you can to make sure that story is told, and told well.
Risks and challenges
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