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Aunt Carrie is on Our Side! One can make a difference. An Oklahoma native's life long battle against nuclear power.

Happy New Year to all! Thank you very much for standing behind us in our efforts to tell the true story about Fukushima and to save the children from radiation.

We ask your continuous support for our cause.

We'd like to start a new year with an inspiring story about Carrie Barefoot Dickenson from Oklahoma.

Citizens of Oklahoma and the world will forever be indebted to Carrie Barefoot Dickerson for leading the efforts to make northeastern Oklahoma safer for future generations. In May 1973, Aunt Carrie, as she was known by her many supporters and friends, read a news article about Public Service of Oklahoma's plans to build the Black Fox Nuclear Power Plant near Inola, about 15 miles from Tulsa and a few miles from the Dickerson family farm. 

 

Recalling reports she had read earlier of wildlife birth defects coincident with effluent from the WWII Manhattan Project, she researched the current efforts to build nuclear power facilities. What she learned frightened and concerned her so much that despite her lack of political and publicity experience, she held a news conference at which she announced the formation of the political action group Citizens' Action for Safe Energy (CASE).

 

Aunt Carrie and CASE, with co-chair Ilene Younghein of Oklahoma City, began an expensive but determined battle to educate the public and stop construction of the plant. Following her lead, other anti-nuclear organizations were formed in the area, and citizens from all walks of life and ethnic groups joined in the battle. After a nine-year struggle, PSO announced on Feb. 16, 1982, that they would not build the Black Fox facility. Black Fox was the only nuclear power plant to be cancelled by a combination of legal and citizen action after construction had started.

 

During those nine years, Carrie and her husband, Robert, had to mortgage the family farm and sell their nursing home to help pay the bills and legal fees resulting from the struggle. Less than a year before the PSO announcement, Robert died of complications from a stroke.

 

Robert's death just before the cancellation of the power plant left Carrie deeply in debt and without a reliable source of income. She and Robert believed that it was their duty, both as citizens and parents and as principled human beings, to make whatever sacrifices were necessary to protect the residents of northeastern Oklahoma and the world which would be endangered by the environmental side effects of uranium mining and processing.

 

Learn more about Aunt Carrie athttp://www.carriedickersonfoundation.org/index.html

Aunt Carrie's foundation has recently contacted us and also introduced our work on their web site as follows. We are honored and encouraged by your support!

 

"We will also be dedicating a special quilt sale through donation to a beautiful quilt for the children in Japan who have been endangered and displaced by the Fukushima disaster. The organization we are contacting is World Network For Saving Children From Radiation. Please visit this page to see firsthand reports from Japan." 

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