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Tuesday, May 01, 2007


Bonus May Day Audio Post: Acres of Clams

I didn't realize it earlier today, but today is the 30th anniversary of the demonstration against the Seabrook nuclear power plant by the Clamshell Alliance, an event at which 1,400 people were arrested and which I believe was the first significant anti-nuclear demonstration in the United States. I wasn't at that demonstration (too far afield from where I was), although not long thereafter (in June, 1979) I joined 15,000 people on Long Island to demonstrate against the construction of the Shoreham nuclear power plant. In March, 1981 I was with another (or maybe the same!) 15,000 people in Harrisburg demonstrating on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the Three Mile Island accident. It's beginning to look like more such demonstrations might be needed.

All by way of prelude to this song, "Acres of Clams" by Charlie King from an album entitled "Somebody's Story," recorded in 1979. "Acres of Clams" was the anthem of the Clamshell Alliance and, to an extent, the entire anti-nuclear movement.


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