Sleeping on floor at Clamshell Alliance
Sleeping on floor at Clamshell Alliance

The pursuing is an excerpt from a short story about the Clamshell Alliance submitted to the Portsmouth NH 400 Commemorative E book Venture by Cathy Wolff. The Portsmouth Herald/, in collaboration with the Portsmouth, NH 400th Anniversary Committee, is sharing these stories to assistance highlight the city’s history, and also stimulate others to submit their recollections. Take pleasure in.

The jackhammers started at 7 a.m., perhaps before. At least which is what I don’t forget.

It was 1977 and Portsmouth had released its downtown beautification system — setting up gaslights and changing the city’s ragged cement sidewalks with brick.

The jackhammers produced the partitions shake in the Clamshell Alliance business, jarring me awake from a not terribly snug sleep — on the ground, in a sleeping bag, in the vicinity of the mimeograph equipment, an workplace important in those people pre-personal computer decades.

The official logo of Portsmouth's 400th anniversary in 2023.

Our occupation of the Seabrook nuclear ability plant internet site — which would outcome in 1,414 arrests — was just months absent and there was a whole lot to do, so I put in the night in the office at least a couple of instances a 7 days somewhat than push house to Hopkinton, New Hampshire. The occupation acquired worldwide media coverage and aided encourage comparable anti-nuclear companies to type about the region.