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    Posted August 14, 2013 by
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics

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    Early '80s Activism.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rosehips took this photo in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the spring of 1982. She was 24 years old and considered herself to be an anti-nuclear and social change activist. At the time, she says what mattered to her most was being a part of a movement that could change the world. She was an active presence in protesting against the use of nukes and America's involvement in Central America. She believed Reagonomics was cruel and would only be an advantage to the wealthy and hurt the poor. 

    When she looks back at this photo, the first thing that comes to mind is how idealistic she was in her twenties. Her beliefs haven’t changed much but she is less idealistic. She still fights for the environment and is an activist for change.

    ‘Besides environmental and political issues, I was all about adventure and discovery,' she says. 'I went to Rainbow Gatherings and Barter Faires. Some called my friends and I "Granolas". Some called us "Hippies." We didn't care what we were called as long as no one told us what we should do.'
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    I didn't have to look far to come up with this photo of me in the early '80s.


    This assignment is right up my alley. Style and Politics? I had it all. haha


    I was fascinated with Patty Hearst during this phase of my life. I was in my early 20's and was very active in the anti-nuke movement. I think that button on my beret said "Nuclear Power? No Thanks."


    I think this pic was taken in Albuquerque, NM. That is my bf from that time. Aren't we hip? ;)


    I was headed up to Washington state (from Guatemala) when this photo was taken but my friends in upstate New York drove my car out to New Mexico for me.


    If I wasn't so lazy right now, I'd dig up some other photos from the early eighties. oh well, this will have to suffice. haha


    Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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