Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. – Anti Nuclear Direct Action Movement; Horizontal & Prefigurative Direct Action Theory and Practice RSVP on Facebook. In the wake of the Viet Nam War a mass grassroots anti-nuclear power and weapons movement rose up across the United States. Drawing on ecology, feminism, Civil Rights and anarchist organizing people pioneered new practices and theories of social change organizing in the US: horizontal decentralized network organizing; affinity groups, clusters and spokescouncils; consensus decision-making and feminist process; skills trainings and shared leadership; jail solidarity and mass nonviolent direct action. Richard Nixon had pledged to build 1000 nuclear power plants in the US by the year 2000. Massive grassroots organizing and mass direct action stopped the industry and kept nearly 880 US reactors unbuilt. Today, just over a hundred operate. No US reactor ordered since 1974 has been completed. Calling to “DECENTRALIZE POWER” the movement popularized ideas and practices of renewable, not-for-profit, locally controlled energy.� In the early 1980′s the Anti-Nuclear Direct Action Movement became the cutting edge of the nuclear disarmament movement, in which millions took to the streets to confront US empire’s deployment of first strike nuclear missiles across Europe, escalating against the Soviet empire and tens of thousands took direct action across North America and Europe.
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