While in New York on Nov. 11th, I had the chance to catch up with one of my favorite activist friends, Alfred Meyer, an internationally-respected expert on the subject of the dangers associated with nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants.
Here in Madison, as the director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and as the Chair of the WI Network for Peace and Justice (2002-2007), Alfred inspired hundreds of folks to action. Having moved to DC in 2007, and New York last year, he continues his important work, and maintains ties to Madison as chair of FOCCUS, a Madison-based project that provides ongoing assistance to the victims of Chernobyl, 25 years after that incident left its scar upon the earth.
One of his hard-to-hear messages: "Governments lie." And this certainly applies to Japanese statements about the effects of Fukushima upon Japan's children. Rather than evacuating those most vulnerable, they simply rewrote the guidelines for radiation exposure to make them 20 times less safe. Whether in Tokyo or Boston, Fukushima means parents must remain vigilant to protect their children from its fallout.
Despite hard-to-hear messages like this one, Alfred begins and ends the interview with words of hope by sharing fond memories of the work of the WI Network for Peace and Justice as an example of what ordinary people can accomplish working together. Whether it's the WI Capitol protests, the Arab Spring, or Occupy Wall Street, he sees a new day dawning in the worldwide struggle for social justice.
To reach Alfred, write to email@example.com