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Introduction to Part 4: Shaping the Future

Part IV Shaping the Future
Introduction To Strategic Planning
(“Waging Nonviolent Struggle,” Gene Sharp, 2005)

… Knowledge [of past nonviolent practices and and understanding of the processes operating in those cases] do not tell us what, if anything, we might do if we wish to make this type of struggle more effective in the future than it has been in the past. Considering the gravity of present conflicts in various parts of the world, and also projection about possible future forms of oppression, domination, and exploitation, it is highly desirable that people who choose to oppose these systems have at their disposal new information about how they can apply this technique still more effectively than it has been applied in the past.

One of the most important skills that will greatly contribute to making this technique more effective in the future is the ability to plan strategies for waging this technique of struggle in a variety of conflict situations.

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Appendix A – Preparing a Strategic Estimate

Before attempting to plan an overall grand strategy for a long-term phased nonviolent struggle, or limited strategies for individual campaigns within that struggle, it is necessary first to gather and analyze much information about the context in which the impending conflict will occur.

It is insufficient simply to be familiar with the technique of nonviolent struggle and understand how it operates, although this is a vital prerequisite. Rather, in order to make the application of nonviolent struggle as effective as possible in a given set of circumstances, strategic planning is also essential.

It is impossible to develop a wise strategy for the conduct of a particular struggle if the planners are not intimately familiar with the “conflict situation,” or the context in which the struggle will take place. It is essential to know and compare the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses (actual and potential) of the groups that will be contending in the future conflict, as well as of those groups that will not initially be directly involved. Geographic, social, economic, political, cultural, climatological, and other factors also need to be examined.

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Rats at Pilgrim Nuke

Entergy (also the owner at Vermont Yankee nuke that is currently operating without a license) at the Pilgrim Nuke has locked out the workers for not accepting a terrible contract. The workers (ok, scabs) who have been called in from around the country to cross the picket lines and do the union workers jobs, have their own issues too. They were brought in, but they have gone public with not knowing how to run the equipment at this particular nuke. And Entergy expects to TRUST them that they are keeping us safe and that they have the PUBLIC good at heart? Come on!!!

Entergy is a Rat – to the workers and to the public!!

March Actions

National No Nukes Trial Handbook

Please click on the link below to read the National No Nukes Trial Handbook. This was written by The Anti-Nuclear Legal Project, with input from the Clamshell Alliance and the Trojan Decommioning Alliance Legal Team.

National No Nukes Trial Handbook 12-5-11-web

Occupy – Nuclear Power


Occupy is protesting the inequities that come from socializing risk onto the 99% and privatizing profits for the 1%. The collapse of housing and financial markets is a good example.

Nuclear power is another case of how the public pays for energy choices that favor corporate profits and control. Public dollars concentrate profits to nuclear corporations, warping energy choices to support centralized, capital intensive electric generation. Decentralized renewables and energy efficiency lose out.


Astonishingly, it would have been cheaper to buy electricity on the open market and give it away, than to have built and operated the 104 privately owned U.S. nuclear power reactors! Since 1960, public subsidies to nuclear power companies are worth more than all the electric power their reactors generate.

The public props up the nuclear power industry through a complex mesh of:

Ø Federal loan guarantees, now at $18.5 billion; Pres. Obama wants to raise them to $54 billion,
Ø Accelerated depreciation for fuel and construction,
Ø Ratepayers footing the bills for construction work before electricity is generated,
Ø Tax abatements,
Ø Long term operating costs for high level waste storage and reactor decommissioning,
Ø Hidden costs of nuclear proliferation and necessarily heavy reactor security,
Ø Limitations on disaster liability.

PUBLIC RISK, PRIVATE PROFIT. The Price Anderson Act of 1957 (extended to 2025) was enacted to protect the fledgling privately owned nuclear industry “against potentially enormous liability claims in the event of a nuclear accident.”

Ø First, members of the public—homeowners, businesses— cannot get nuclear disaster insurance.
Ø Insurance is limited to $300,000 per reactor issued by CT-based American Nuclear Insurers (ANI).
Ø More extensive damages at any reactor are to be covered from a common pot every owner funds
Ø The pot is about $11.6 billion, much too small considering:

  • US government studies show potential losses could rise as high as $560 billion;
  • The catastrophe at Chernobyl (different from US reactor models), cost about $350 billion;
  • The disaster at Fukushima Daiichi (same models and ages as the VT Yankee, Indian Point, and Pilgrim reactors) could cost as much as $130 billion by Japanese government estimates.

In 2001, ANI’s senior vice president told Congress that without Price Anderson, the nuclear industry cannot be insured, so the industry itself is not viable without this massive liability cap.

JOBS FROM CONSERVATION AND SAFE RENEWABLES. No other energy source enjoys this colossal and market-distorting support of public dollars. Millions of jobs can be created by opting for decentralized renewables and energy efficiency, choices that can provide safe, reliable energy.

Ø For every $1 million invested, solar, wind, and a smart electric grid create 14.25 jobs; nuclear: 4.2.
Ø An all-out WPA-type energy efficiency program can provide massive employment. Rather than perpetuating the wartime economy, give soldiers and veterans nail guns and training to use them.
Ø Replacing energy from a nuclear reactor (cost $41 billion; 2,400 jobs) by spending the same amount on retrofitting 3.2 million homes would create 440,000 jobs.
Ø Conserving energy in every building in the US would pull the US out of this economic depression. We would save half the energy we use, and put ourselves firmly on the road to true energy security.

SOURCES: Union of Concerned Scientists (; Nuclear Information and Resource Service (; Beyond Nuclear (; the Cato Institute (; Political Economy Research Institute (, Office for Sustainability, Southern NH University ( ); Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School (

Link to Occupy-Nuclear Power


No Nukes Party June 25

See the Party Flyer!!

6-9 NO NUKES PARTY FLYER – opens as a Word document

6-9 NO NUKES PARTY FLYER – opens as a pdf file

Handouts to Spread the Word!!

5-23 Party invitation to paste in e-mail – invitation to paste in email – opens in Word

5-23 Party flyer-4per – handout with 4 on a page – opens as a pdf




JUNE 25, 1-8PM





(And discuss non-violent action plans 3-5:30pm)

Sponsored by: Wendell Conservation Commission

Co-sponsors: Clamshell Legacy and Antinuclear Mobilization (,

Citizens Awareness Network (, Safe & Green (

Green Mtn. Post Films (; W. MA AFSC (;

Traprock Center for Peace and Justice (; Solar Rollers;

Enviro Show (

More information, call Sharon (978) 544-8822 or Tom (978) 544-3911

The Vermont Yankee reactor must be closed and decommissioned. What will you do to make this happen? June 25 in Wendell, MA, starting at 1:00 on the common and in town hall, we will gather to have fun: music, poetry, a potluck. And discussions (beginning around 2:30-3), using the affinity group/spokes structure.

Our goal is ongoing actions/events for the next 3 months. Focus: closing Vermont Yankee, supporting the court cases against Entergy, and keeping in the media the idea that Nuclear Power is not an option in solving our country’s need for energy. We will gather again in October to assess our next moves to assure the closing of the plant.