Katie Green

Peace activist; Quaker; Storyteller; Author

I was really very active in the Worcester Safe Energy Project back in its day, and when we were looking at the connections between nuclear energy and militarism, I was very involved with  organizing for the Nuclear Freeze.  That was when a million people marched on New York City against nuclear weapons.   We organized that, we organized buses that went down to Washington D.C. several times. There was also the Women’s Pentagon Action.  There were two of those. I took my van to D.C. with seven other women, most of whom were from Worcester, to participate in the Pentagon Action.  It was really very impressive and moving. We women completely circled the Pentagon.

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Katie Green was born in Virginia in 1942 and moved to Worcester, Massachusetts with her family when she was 11 years old. She attended college and graduate school in Ohio and received her master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Case Western Reserve University. After working in hospitals and public schools, Katie became a professional storyteller.  In this interview, Katie discusses her work in opposition to nuclear power plants, such as protesting the establishment of Seabrook nuclear facilities in New Hampshire.  She emphasizes the Quaker way of life and how it has shaped her life.  Additionally, she discusses her work with the Alternatives to Violence Project, working with prisoners to understand the roots of violence and initiate a healing process.  In this interview, Katie highlights the transformative power of storytelling, and the ways in which we can all connect though the powerful use of stories.  She is a contributor to Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories for Peace, Justice and the Environment.

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April 1, 2017
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