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SEABROOK RESIDENTS’ STORIES: Carlene Peruse, Diane Garand, Tony and Louisa Santasucci from Robbie Leppzer’s film

Carlene Peruse, Diane Garand, Tony and Louisa Santasucci

Robbie Leppzer, in his film Seabrook 77, interviewed Seabrook residents; following are excerpts.

 Carlene Peruse:

I have lived in Seabrook all of my life and I am all against the nuclear plant. I don’t want it; we don’t need it and we’re in hopes of stopping it.

My first thought, of course, is the radiation. I have children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. It won’t affect me so much, at my age, I’m 62, but the younger ones growing up, I’m afraid it definitely will. We took up a petition and had it put on the ballot. “Should there be a nuclear power plant in Seabrook?” The vote came out 768 “no” and 632 “yes. The selectman called it non-binding. Read the rest of this entry »



By Peter Kellman

It got to the point where the Clamshell had the political power to force the state of New Hampshire to force Public Service to allow the Clamshell to use three acres on the nuclear plant construction site for a two-day demonstration. Diane Garand walked down and got a building permit from the town of Seabrook for a stage, a windmill, a dome and a bridge. She wanted it done legally.

Part of the Clam’s deal with the state was that we could get on the property early for the construction and set up, but we couldn’t come through the main gate where the demonstrators would march in. The Seabrook town dump abutted Public Service property with a drainage ditch in between. Diane got permission for our set-up crews to go in through the dump. So we pre-fabbed a bridge, the Bridge Over Troubled Waters, that went from the dump to the demonstration site for the set-up crews to cross over onto the site.

After the demonstration, we had a ceremony at the Bridge over Troubled Waters and we donated the bridge to the town of Seabrook. The selectman who received it made a speech in which Seabrook accepted the bridge. He said that it was the first time in his memory that anything had been donated to the town of Seabrook.

A Rhode Island Clam By Shel Horowitz

A Rhode Island Clam

By Shel Horowitz

I got involved with the Clamshell Alliance through an affinity group organized out of the Providence, RI Quaker meeting youth group. But I actually first took part in the antinuclear movement back in 1972, when Con Edison proposed (and quickly retracted) a nuke 2 miles from NYC! In 1974, I did a school project on the safety issues of nukes for a school project and got scared. So when I heard about clamshell, of course I got involved.

Pete Hill facilitating a small-to-large-group consensus meeting in the Manchester Armory is one of my favorite Clamshell stories. I was so astounded and impressed that a couple of years later, I attended a nine-month training at Movement for a New Society to learn those and similar skills. Read the rest of this entry »

Jobs and Energy by Richard Grossman

Jobs, Energy & the Clam

by Richard Grossman

In spring 1976, I moved from California to Washington DC to become director of Environmentalists For Full Employment (EFFE). EFFE’s task was to counter corporate state propaganda that safe energy threw people out of work, was anti-progress and bad for the economy. We also built alliances among workers and environmentalists.

I had worked for the nation’s first anti-nuclear referendum, California’s Nuclear Safeguards Initiative. Nuclear corporations, banking and weapons corporations, construction and insurance corporations all had joined nuclear zealots in government and the press to scream jobs! jobs! jobs! without let up.

            Without the 1000 nuclear power plants across the nation, they screeched, no jobs. Without 50 nukes in California, everyone would go hungry, freezing and jobless in the dark. California AFL-CIO leaders dangling from corporate strings attacked solar energy advocates as anti-labor and un-American. Read the rest of this entry »

Clam Structure and Support City by Susanae Hoch Glovacki

Clam Structure and Support City

by Susanae Hoch Glovacki                  

 Journalists at the time described the “military efficiency” and “discipline” of the 1977 Clamshell Alliance occupation. What they were seeing was the power of a nonviolent movement, of people committed not only to a cause, but to each other, to communication with “opponents,” and to the community created from that conflict. People came to Seabrook to voice their concern about nuclear power, and to do it so they could be heard. The intentions of the Clamshell were not to gain attention through violent confrontation; violence destroys communication with those we hope to bring to our side. There were no secrets. All the plans for the occupation were given to the police, National Guard, Public Service Company, and the public before the event. Read the rest of this entry »