Harvey Wasserman is a life-long activist and college teacher who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, history, drug war, election protection and grassroots politics.
As a journalist, Harvey was among the first to report from Central Pennsylvania on human casualties at Three Mile Island. His 1980 op ed in the New York Times, his co-authored 1982 book KILLING OUR OWN: THE DISASTER OF AMERICA’S EXPERIENCE WITH ATOMIC RADIATION; and his appearances on The Today Show, Charlie Rose, Phil Donahue and other major media shows have helped move the debate about “who died at Three Mile Island” into the core of the global energy dialog.
Since 1973, Harvey's primary work has been the permanent shutdown of the global nuclear power industry and the birth of Solartopia, a grassroots democratic and socially just, green-powered Earth free of all fossil and nuclear fuels.
He writes regularly for a wide internet audience at sites such as:
Ecowatch, Reader Supported News, TagHollywood, Buzzflash, solartopia.org, freepress.org and nukefree.org, which he edits.
His written articles have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and other major publications worldwide.
Harvey hosts the podcast radio program: Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show at www.prn.fm and California Solartopia broadcast at KPFK/Pacifica-Los Angeles.
With a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his Bachelor’s from the University of Michigan, both in history, he has authored or co-written twenty books and countless articles, essays, op eds, etc.
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 and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., are among those who have introduced or endorsed his books.
With Pete Seeger and David Bernz, he co-wrote the “Song for Solartopia” which is featured on the Grammy-winning “Tomorrow’s Children” CD. The “RockyTop” version is by Dana “Cows With Guns” Lyons.
In 1962, Harvey marched at his first demonstration, helping to de-segregate a roller rink in Columbus. In 1966, he briefly met Dr. Martin Luther King on the Meredith March for civil rights in Grenada, Mississippi.
In 1967, he helped found the Liberation News Service, which in 1968 led to the communal organic Montague Farm in Massachusetts, a pioneer in a new generation’s movement against chemical agriculture.
In 1972, Harper & Row published Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States, introduced by Howard Zinn, a pioneer in a new generation of People’s Histories.
In 1973, Harvey helped coin the phrase “No Nukes” and helped found the global grassroots movement against atomic energy, for which he has spoken throughout the United States, Asia and Europe for more than forty years. With Dan Keller Harvey co-wrote the award-winning documentary films Lovejoy’s Nuclear War and The Last Resort about the rise of the “No Nukes” movement.
During 1976 to 1978, he helped coordinate mass, non-violent demonstrations against reactors being built in Seabrook, New Hampshire.
In 1979, he was part of the legendary Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) and helped produce the “No Nukes” Concerts in Madison Square Garden and sister rally at Battery Park City. More than 200,000 attended in September, just six months after the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. He edited the informational booklet that accompanied the gold triple album, which is still available today.
After exhaustive research, Harvey co-wrote with Norman Solomon, Bob Alvarez and Eleanor Walters, KILLING OUR OWN: THE DISASTER OF AMERICA’S EXPERIENCE WITH ATOMIC ENERGY, documenting that people died at Three Mile Island. The book was published in 1982 and is available on Amazon.
In 1990, he became Senior Advisor to Greenpeace USA, for whom he spoke to 350,000 semi-conscious rock fans at Woodstock 2 in 1994.
In Kiev in 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 that has saved 240 acres of land for a wildlife refuge and other grassroots organizations. He also helped shut a trash-burning power plant, stop a regional radioactive waste dump, shut a McDonald’s and save 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.
In 2007, Harvey joined with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash to form NukeFree.org as part of a successful national grassroots campaign to stop $50 billion in loan guarantees to build new reactors.
Harvey now edits the www.nukefree.org and www.solartopia.org websites, which post his articles and others on nuclear power and green energy. He continues to campaign for a green-powered Earth, against federal funding and all other new nuke boondoggles, against the drug war, and for a system of automatic voter registration and universal hand counted paper ballots—key elements on the road to Solartopia.
On the morning of March 11, 2011, Harvey was among the first on the internet to warn of the long-term impacts of the Fukushima disaster, about which he continues to speak and write frequently.
In the process of moving to California, Harvey has become increasingly involved in the movement to make the state nuclear free, and a global center of renewable energy.
Since 2004, he has taught history and cultural and ethnic diversity at the collegiate level in Ohio. He hopes to continue with his love of college teaching in the city of lights. Harvey is married with five daughters and ten grandchildren.
His most recent book, with Bob Fitrakis, is The Strip & Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen Elections: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft.
We are so honored that Harvey has made time in his busy schedule to be part of our “GO Green!” now Advisory Board. We will rely on his nuclear expertise and insight of safe renewable energy sources and innovations to help us help the world make the right decisions from today forward.
Jill is thrilled to have another author on board, an advocate to stop nuclear history from repeating and who likes research even more than she does, which is apparent by the long list of books he has published and his professional speaking events. We very much appreciate his tireless efforts and impact his words and actions have made to date.
“This affects all of us” is why we are all here doing what we are doing at MELTDOWN, Based on True Events.
For a good time, see Pete Seeger, Dar Williams, David Bernz & the Rivertown Kidz sing "SOLARTOPIA!" at www.solartopia.org
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