A feature-length documentary chronicling a successful grassroots citizens’ effort to shut down the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor in Vermont, directed by long-time Pioneer Valley filmmaker Robbie Leppzer. A timely, inspiring story of democracy in action; about whether citizens’ voices will be heard against big moneyed interests, and what people are doing locally right now to make a difference for a sustainable energy future. Featuring Frances Crowe and other local activists from western Massachusetts and Vermont. Original Music by John Sheldon.
This is a benefit fundraiser to launch a national grassroots film campaign. For more information and to watch a film trailer, visit: www.PowerStruggleMovie.com.
The Northampton events will also feature the premiere of a short film, FRANCES TURNS 100, chronicling Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday protest march through the streets of Northampton.
Filmmaker Robbie Leppzer will speak and moderate post-screening discussion panels with film participants.
Thursday, June 6 Post-Screening Panel (Northampton): Features local activists talking about the current status and future of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning process, as well as the long-term public health hazards from high-level radioactive waste that will be stored indefinitely on the banks of the Connecticut River at the Vermont Yankee site. Panelists include: Deb Katz and Harvey Schaktman of the Citizen’s Awareness Network, and Clay Turnbull of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution.
Friday, June 7 Post-Screening Panel (Northampton): Features Frances Crowe and members of her Shut It Down Affinity Group (all women over 70), including Marcia Gagliardi and Hattie Nestel, who will talk about their participation in the movement to shut down Vermont Yankee and reflect on their affinity group experiences for lessons learned that could apply to other grassroots political struggles.
Saturday, June 15 Post-Screening Panel (Brattleboro): Features local residents and civic stakeholders talking about the current status and future of the Vermont Yankee decommissioning process, as well as the long-term public health hazards from high-level radioactive waste that will be stored indefinitely on the banks of the Connecticut River at the Vermont Yankee site. Panelists include: Chris Williams of the Citizen’s Awareness Network and board chair of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Clay Turnbull of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, and Derrik Jordan, member of the Vermont Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel.
“A genuine David vs. Goliath battle. A rich story of whether grassroots democracy, in the form of citizens and local government, can triumph over entrenched, powerful interests like the nuclear energy industry. Through a story with many twists and turns, Leppzer keeps the film’s focus on the individuals caught up in the drama.”
— Steve Pfarrer, DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
“POWER STRUGGLE is the remarkable story about how people power overcame corporate power and government cover-ups to finally shut down an aging and dangerous nuclear plant. We see how small town citizens were transformed into tenacious environmental activists who triumphed against the odds. POWER STRUGGLE is a hopeful story that reminds us that citizen activism is not just possible, it is essential to saving our endangered planet.”
— David Goodman, best-selling author, journalist and radio host, THE VERMONT CONVERSATION