Al Giordano Collection

  • 1969-1996
  • 2 boxes (1 linear foot)
  • Call no.: MS 604

A native New Yorker born in 1959, Al Giordano was drawn into the antinuclear movement as a teenager, becoming an important organizer for the antinuclear and environmental movements. Giordano sharpened his organizing skills through a close association with Abbie Hoffman, with whom he often collaborated throughout the 1980s. Giordano has worked as a journalist for several decades, primarily with the alternative press, founding his own periodical Narco News in 2000 and the School of Authentic Journalism in 2002. He currently resides in Mexico City.

The Giordano collection contains a miscellaneous assemblage of ephemera, publications and newspapers, reports, and a small quantity of correspondence, relating to antinuclear activism.

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Background on Al Giordano


An image of: Clamshell Alliance poster recruiting to Seabrook Occupation, 1978

Clamshell Alliance poster recruiting to Seabrook Occupation, 1978

The journalist Al Giordano was born in New York City ion Dec. 31, 1959, and was drawn into the antinuclear and environmental movements as a teenager. Living in Rowe, Mass., he became a successful grassroots organizer beginning with his work opposing the twin power plants Yankee Rowe and Vermont Yankee, which straddled the Vermont border.

In 1981, Giordano met the radical and activist Abbie Hoffman, who became a mentor and close collaborator throughout the 1980s. Working within the political system to effect change. He was a key organizer and campaign director for the successful ballot measure in 1982 that required that proposals to construct new nuclear power plants or disposal facilities for low-level radioactive waste would be first vetted by the legislature and approved by a majority of voters, and worked throughout the country in antinuclear and environmental organizing for most of the decade.

Giordano's journalistic career began in 1989 when he became a staff reporter for the Valley Advocate, moving to work as a political reporter for the Boston Phoenix and The Nation in 1993. He moved to Mexico in 1997 to support the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, leading to formation of his own online periodical, Narco News, in 2000, to focus attention on the so-called War on Drugs, and he founded the School of Authentic Journalism in 2002. Giordano currently resides in Mexico City.

Scope of collection

The Giordano collection contains a miscellaneous assemblage of ephemera, publications and newspapers, reports, and a small quantity of correspondence, relating to antinuclear activism. The collection spans a period of activity primarily between the occupations at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in the late 1970s through the Referendum Campaign of the mid-1980s and the decommissioning efforts at the Yankee Rowe Power Plant in the early 1990s. Among the groups represented in the collection are the Alternative Energy Coalition and Citizens Awareness Network, both from Western Massachusetts, the Clamshell Alliance, and the Mass Alert Referendum Campaign.

Inventory

Abalone Alliance: Labor outreach guide for anti-nuclear activists
1980
Box 1: 1
An act relative to assessing the effects of toxic releases and radionuclide emissions into communities of the Commonwealth and adjacent states
ca.1994
Box 1: 2
Alternative Energy Coalition: Montague nuclear power project fact sheet
ca.1976
Box 1: 3
Alternative Energy Coalition: Alternative Energy Coalition Script: No Nukes in Montague
1977 Aug.
Box 1: 4
Anti-nuclear brochures
1977-1980
7 items
Box 1: 5
Anti-Nuclear Media Fund: Stop Nuclear Waste: Vote Yes on 4 (If Chernobyl happens here, they won't evacuate me)
ca.1986
Flier
Box 1: 6
Beauvais, Dave: Background materials on invitation to discuss issues with Northeast Utilities "Turkey Buzzard"
1980
Box 1: 7
Boston Clamshell Coalition: No Nuclear News
1979-1982
5 issues
Box 1: 8
Boston Edison Company: Presentation to Special Legislative Commission on low-level radioactive waste
1983 Nov. 14
Box 1: 9
Campaign Against Nuclear Waste: Question 4. Vote. Yes.
1989
Brochures
Box 1: 10
Citizens Awareness Network: 1993 legislation: A Massachusetts environmental health campaign
1993
Box 1: 11
Citizens Awareness Network: Adverse effects of radiation: third Thursday meetings
ca.1994
Poster
Box 1: 12
Clamshell Alliance: A call to action! Stop nuclear power at Seabrook, N.H. / Occupation and restoration
1978 June 24
Poster
Box 1: 13
Clamshell Alliance: Clamshell Alliance and labor
1977
Flier
Box 1: 14
Clamshell Alliance: Clamshell Alliance News
1978-1979
4 issues
Box 1: 15
Clamshell Alliance: Clamshell Alliance Resource Catalogue
ca.1978
Box 1: 16
Clamshell Alliance: Handbook for the land and sea blockade of the Seabrook reactor pressure vessel
1977
Box 1: 17
Clamshell Alliance: It's a fact: understanding the Seabrook nuke
ca.1977
Box 1: 18
Clamshell Alliance: Join us / Brayton, Mt. Hope Bridge, Cape Cod Canal, Hampton Seabrook / Non-violent blockade
1977
Flier
Box 1: 19
Clamshell Alliance: Medical implications of nuclear power, by Helen Caldecott
ca.1975
Flier
Box 1: 20
Clamshell Alliance: Safe energy for New England in the 1980s
ca.1979
Box 1: 21
Clamshell Alliance: Seabrook '78: a handbook for the occupation and restoration beginning June 24
1978
Box 1: 22
Clamshell Alliance: We can stop the Seabrook Nuclear Plant: Occupier's handbooks: join us April 30
1977
Box 1: 23
Clinch River Breeder Reactor Plant: Breeder Briefs (Nuclear women learn about the breeder)
1979 Apr.
Box 1: 24
Cohen, Armond: Moving New England towards energy efficiency and renewables
1993 Oct. 24
Box 1: 25
Correspondence
1981-1987
Box 1: 26
Critical Mass: Manpower requirements for nuclear and coal power plant (draft)
ca.1975
Box 1: 27
Critical Mass: Relationship between energy and employment
ca.1975
Box 1: 28
Decommissioning nuclear power plant [Yankee Rowe, etc.], U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
1993-1994
7 items
Box 1: 29
Defense Environment Alert, vol. 1, 1
1993
Box 1: 30
Doc Schnuke's atomic water story: a comical coloring book
undated
Box 1: 31
Doroshow, Joanne: A decade of delay, deceit and danger: Three Mile Island 1979-1989, a retrospective
1989
Box 1: 32
Drey, Kay: Nuclear power's dirty secret. Viewpoint
1990
Box 1: 33
Energy update: restarting TMI
1984
Box 1: 34
Environmental Action (Earth Day '80)
1979 Nov.
Box 1: 35
Environmental Action Foundation: The case for a nuclear moratorium
1973
Box 1: 36
Everyone's Backyard, vol. 13, 1
1996
Box 1: 37
General Electric: Atomic power from A to E
ca.1969
Box 1: 38
Giordano, Al: Solving the low-level water problem in Massachusetts: a proposed strategy for the Commonwealth
ca.1981
Box 1: 39
GPU Nuclear Corp.: Three Mile Island reports
1988
9 items
Box 1: 40
GPU Nuclear Corp.: Three Mile Island reports
1989
7 items
Box 2: 1
Inside EPA Weekly Report
1993 Sept. 27
Box 2: 3
Lipschutz, Ronnie and StevenJ. Nadis: Pilgrim II: we can do without it [pre-publication draft]
1979 May 15
Box 2: 4
Low-level radioactive waste
1985
Box 2: 5
Maine Nuclear Referendum Committee: Arts auction
1987
Box 2: 6
Maine Nuclear Referendum Committee: Phone script for Maine Nuclear Referendum
1986 Dec.
Box 2: 7
Maine Nuclear Referendum Committee: Stop the dumpers [bumper sticker]
ca.1987
Box 2: 8
Mass Alert Referendum Campaign: Fund appeals: Vote Mass Alert Referendum Campaign
1986
Circular letters
Box 2: 9
Mass Alert Referendum Campaign: Legal filing with Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance
1987
Box 2: 10
Mass Alert Referendum Campaign: Press release
1986 Nov.
Box 2: 11
Mass Nuclear Referendum Committees
ca.1987
Box 2: 12
Massachusetts political process ephemera
1980-1986
Box 2: 13
Massachusetts. Special Legislative Commission on Low-Level Radioactive Waste: Summary of provisions, Massachusetts Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Act
1985
2 items
Box 2: 14
Miller, Jack: A primer on nuclear power, North Country Anvil
1979
Box 2: 15
National Review (special issue on the anti-nuclear lobby)
1979 Feb. 2
Photocopy
Box 2: 16
Notes (unidentified hand)
undated
Box 2: 17
Nuclear bibliography
1991
Box 2: 18
Nuclear power: miscellaneous
1973-1991
Box 2: 19
Nuclear power plants (Public Interest Report)
1974
Box 2: 20
Pro-nuclear brochures
1970-1977
9 items
Box 2: 21
River Valley Voice, vol. 1, 3
1981
Box 2: 22
Rowe (Mass.) Board of Assessors: Minutes of meeting with representative from Yankee Atomic Energy Co.
1992
Box 2: 23
Rowe Nuclear Issue, no. 1
1981 Spring
Box 2: 24
Ryan, B. F. and R. Blumberg: Lower core support assembly defueling plans and tools, US Department of Energy Three Mile Island Operations Office
1988 Oct.
Box 2: 25
SANE/Freeze: World Focus
1989
Box 2: 26
Screw DOE (bumperstickers)
1986
Box 2: 27
Silkwood, Karen: articles
1974-1977
2 items
Box 2: 28
Silkwood, Karen: Karen Silkwood / Feb. 19, 1946-Nov. 13, 1974 / Union sister
ca.1974
Flier
Box 2: 29
Story board for antinuke film
ca.1989
1 page
Box 2: 30
Three Mile Island Information Program (TIP), US Department of Energy memoranda
1988
4 items
Box 2: 31
To Your Health, vol. 4, 3
1992
Box 2: 32
United Citizens Awareness Network: If you think Yankee Rowe is safe for your community, read this!
ca.1990
Flier
Box 2: 33
United Citizens Awareness Network: Radioactive wastes released into the environment by Rowe Yankee
ca.1990
Flier
Box 2: 34
Up against the Wall Street Journal
1979
Box 2: 35
Vermont Yankee: Yankee ingenuity: Nuclear energy in New England
ca.1980
Box 2: 36
Yankee Rowe: Background on... Decommissioning [draft]
1992 May 4
Box 2: 37

Administrative information

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

Gift of Charles Light, Nov. 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Dec. 2017.

Language:

English

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Al Giordano Collection (MS 604). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms

Subjects

  • Antinuclear movements--Massachusetts

Names

  • Citizens Awareness Network
  • Clamshell Alliance
  • Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant (N.H.)

Genre terms

  • Newspapers

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