The Birth of a National Anti-Nuclear Movement
On August 1, 1976, 18 people walked onto the proposed site of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and were arrested for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. This would be the first civil disobedience action of the Clamshell Alliance. Three weeks later, a second occupation involved 180 New England residents who were arrested and held in a local armory overnight, and subsequent peaceful protests continued from there.
This movement would go on to make a significant and resounding contribution to the culture of nonviolent resistance in the United States and beyond.
45 Years Later
On August 1, 2021, several of these activists (and some new ones!) gathered at the World Fellowship Center in Albany, New Hampshire to look back at the founding of the Clamshell Alliance, to discuss current national nuclear power issues, and to share important developments in alternative energy, including the increasingly optimistic prospects of offshore wind.
You can view this meeting on Herb Moyer’s video, Paul Gunter Update on Nuclear Power and Politics.
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Paul Gunter: Director, Reactor Oversight Project
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PAUL GUNTER is a lead spokesperson in nuclear reactor hazards and security concerns. He acts as the regulatory watchdog over the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the nuclear power industry. He is a 2008 recipient of the Jane Bagley Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation for environmental activism for his work on the nuclear power and climate change issue. He has appeared on NBC Nightly World News, The Lehrer News Hour, BBC World News and Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.”
He was a cofounder of the antinuclear Clamshell Alliance in 1976 to oppose the construction of the Seabrook (NH) nuclear power plant through nonviolent direct action that launched the U.S. antinuclear movement. Prior to joining Beyond Nuclear he served for 16 years as the Director of the Reactor Watchdog Project for Nuclear Information and Resource Service. An environmental activist and energy policy analyst, he has been an ardent critic of atomic power development for more than 30 years. Paul is a New Englander who was born in Mississippi and raised in Detroit, Michigan.