My last week as an employee of the Clamshell Alliance was drawing to a close. I was preparing to move back to Gloucester, depressed & uncertain about my future & the future of the anti-nuclear movement.Our attempted blockade at Seabrook had been unsuccessful. A Jane Fonda film seemed to be causing more discussion about nuclear safety than months of hard work by hundreds of activists. A freak occurence at a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania would soon change all that.
As fate would have it, the hours of tireless conversations with folks from newspapers and TV stations around America would pay off big time that week. For several years while we engaged in protests, lobbied congressmen, went to jail and did countless acts that appeared ineffective we were educating people, asking the scary “what if ” questions that most people didn’t want to think about. With Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on the verge of a nuclear disaster, people began to take seriously the safety concerns we had raised.