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Harvey Wasserman on Solar Power and Democracy

A life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, US and global history, drug war, election protection and grassroots politics.

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A life-long activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, US and global history, drug war, election protection and grassroots politics.

He taught (2004-2017) US history and western civilization, cultural and ethnic diversity, ecological history and globalization at Capital University and Columbus State Community College in central Ohio; and history, journalism and the Occultural Revolution at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (1973-5).

He is co/author  of some 20 books; of  innumerable articles, essays and op eds appearing on the internet; two documentary films; a Grammy-winning song. He is host/producer of two weekly radio shows.  Howard Zinn, Dr. Benjamin Spock, Marianne Williamson, Studs Terkel, Kurt Vonnegut, Bonnie Raitt, Dennis Kucinich, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ed Asner, Ina Mae Gaskin, Ralph Nader, Greg Palast, Dar Williams, H. Bruce Franklin, Lila Garrett, Eric Roberts, Eric Foner, Paul Krassner, Mimi Kennedy, Thom Hartmann, Tatanka, Joel Segal, Ken Wachsberger,  Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., are among those who have introduced and/or endorsed his work.
 
He currently hosts California Solartopiaat KPFK-Pacifca 90.7FM Los Angeles, and the nationwide PRN.fm podcast Green Power & Wellness Show.
 
He has an MA from the University of Chicago in US History, and a BA from the University of Michigan, in history and journalism.
 
In 1962 Harvey marched de-segregate a roller rink in Columbus; met Dr. Martin Luther King on the Meredith March for civil rights in Grenada, Mississippi, in 1966.
As a student editor at the University of Michigan Daily, his 1966 editorial “The Use of Marijuana: It Should be Legal” went viral on the UPI’s global wire.

Harvey marched on the Pentagon in 1967, the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968, and  helped found the anti-war Liberation News Service (1967) and the communal organic Montague Farm in Massachusetts, a pioneer in a new generation’s movement against chemical farming (1968-2003).

In 1972 HARVEY WASSERMAN’S HISTORY OF THE U.S., introduced by Howard Zinn, published by Harper & Row, helped pioneer a new generation of people’s histories.

Harvey helped coined the phrase “No Nukes” in 1973-4, and “Solartopia” in 2005.  Since 2004 he has worked to helped secure free, fair and reliable elections.

In 1976-8 he helped coordinate mass non-violent Clamshell Alliance actions nukes at Seabrook, New Hampshire. In 1979, as part of the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) No Nukes Concerts/rally in Madison Square Garden/Battery Park City, he edited the informational booklet accompanying the gold triple album.

In 1982 Harvey co-wrote (with Norman Solomon, Bob Alvarez & Eleanor Walters) KILLING OUR OWN: THE DISASTER OF AMERICA’S EXPERIENCE WITH ATOMIC RADIATION, documenting nuclear power’s harm.

In 1990 he became Senior Advisor to Greenpeace USA, for whom he spoke to 350,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock 2 (1994). In Kiev (1996) he spoke at the tenth anniversary commemoration of the Chernobyl disaster, and then in Kaliningrad, in the former Soviet Union, where he met with “liquidators” whose lives and health had been sacrificed in the Chernobyl clean-up.

In central Ohio, Harvey co-founded the Great Blue Heron Alliance, which saved 240 acres of land for a wildlife refuge, and grassroots campaigns that shut a trash-burning power plant, stopped a regional radioactive waste dump, shut a McDonald’s and saved the city of Bexley’s Jeffrey Park.

With Dan Juhl, Harvey co-wrote “Harvesting Wind Energy as a Cash Crop,” a guide for farmer/community-owned renewables.

Harvey and Bob Fitrakis broke many of the major stories on the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio, and were called “the Woodward and Bernstein” of election protection by Rev. Jackson Jackson.  They’ve since published numerous more books and articles on the strip & flip disaster of Ameica’s stolen elections.

With Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash, Harvey helped form NukeFree.org  which (2007) helped stop $50 billion in new reactor loan guarantees.   On March 11, 2011, Harvey was among the first to go viral on the internet with news of the Fukushima disaster.  He helped campaign for the successful shut-down of California’s San Onofre nuke plant, and continues to campaign for the shut-down of Dablo Canyon, California’s last reactors.  He currently lives & works in Los Angeles.  


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