- Posted April 21, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Hanford: Dr. Helen Caldicott on Effects of Nuclear Radiation
I first met Dr. Caldicott at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1981 when she spoke at our Toward Tomorrow Festival. The Film Board of Canada came down from Montreal and made the documentary "If You Love This Planet." The Justice Dept declared it "foreign propaganda" and the Academy Awards declared it the best Short Documentary of 1982. Dr. Caldicott has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and a group she founded won the Nobel Peace Prize. She has founded numerous anti-nuclear and peace groups.
Helen is an Australian pediatrician and world-renowned proponent of a Nuclear Free World. She has lived in the US off and on since first living in Massachusetts in the 70's when she worked at Harvard's Children"s Hospital. She has been working tirelessly as a speaker for almost 40 years. Her intelligence, experience and articulate speech makes her a very in demand keynote. She inspires a crowd.
I was honored to spend two days with Dr. Caldicott as I picked her up at the airport in Spokane on Saturday and drove her down to the rally in Richland the next day. After the rally, we explored the Hanford site which encompasses almost 600 square miles. It was a very memorable trip.
Video 1: Helen Caldicott at Hanford Rally
Video 2: Helen, my son, Austin and his dog, Buckley exploring the Hanford reservation
Photo: Occupy Portland organizer extraordinaire, Miriam German and Helen
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