Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Mar
06
    
Clam Local Organizing: Public Education by Tom Wyatt

Public Education – The Lifeblood of a Clam Local 9/26/07

By Tom Wyatt

Public education was the glue that held the Worcester-based Central Massachusetts Citizens Against Nuclear Power together well into the 1980s. Because we were a local Clamshell Alliance chapter, from time to time many members organized for and joined nonviolent direct actions, spending time in armories and jail. But we were always planning the next radio show, slide show, workshop, letter writing campaign, and newsletter. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar
06
    
MAINSTREAM MEDIA By CW Wolff and Robin Read

MAINSTREAM MEDIA

By CW Wolff and Robin Read

 “The socialists were there…”

 Meanwhile, The Manchester Union-Leader, the state’s largest, most powerful and most conservative newspaper, launched a relentless “Red Tide” campaign, trying to paint the Clamshell Alliance as a communist and terrorist organization. Rather than fuming about the paper’s hysteria and half-truths, we found creative ways to respond.

For example, Union-Leader coverage of one Clamshell rally included front page cutlines under three photos:  “The sodomites were there … The socialists were there… And so was Dick Gregory.” (Gregory was a popular and liberal comedian). A Manchester, NH, singer-songwriter and Clam member took that phrase and made it into a satirical song we enjoyed singing for years. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar
06
    
CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE OF THE CLAMSHELL by Robin Read

CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE OF THE CLAMSHELL

 CIVIL LIBERTIES VIOLATED

 YELLOW JOURNALISM, 1970s STYLE

by Robin Read

Corporate and government surveillance of the Clamshell Alliance began with the inception of the organization in 1976, intensified in the weeks before the April 1977 occupation, and continued for the next several years. Fear mongering by right wing organizations and media, fed by the surveillance and infiltration, were among the factors that led Seabrook area residents to urge the Clamshell to call off its planned massive 1978 occupation and instead hold a three day legal rally on the plant site. The surveillance and infiltration contributed to internal divisions before and after the 1978 demonstration. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar
06
    
Mass. Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.: On Being a Nuclear Flak by Web Blixt

On being a nuclear flak

By Wes Blixt

 I was a nuclear flak.

 From an industry perspective, I was neither well-prepared nor eager to promote the magic of nuclear power . . . and, it certainly was NOT what I had signed on to do when I went to work for the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company – MMWEC – in February, 1977.

 Like my many of my friends and colleagues at MMWEC, my mission was to promote public ownership and community control of a vital service. MMWEC, created by the legislature as a political subdivision of the Commonwealth only months earlier, represented a new model for public ownership through the use of tax-exempt revenue bonds. For young lefties like me, MMWEC offered a glimpse at the future of public ownership. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
07
    
Clam Media by C.W. Wolff

Clam Media By C.W. Wolff

 “What’s a nuke?”

 “What’s a nuke?” was a common question in 1976 when “No Nukes!” bumper stickers began appearing in New Hampshire. By 1978 — thanks largely to the Clamshell Alliance and the media focus it generated — most people knew what nukes were, not only in New England, but across the nation. Read the rest of this entry »