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Nobel Peace Prize nominee speaks in Northampton

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A Nobel Peace Prize nominee stopped in Western Mass Sunday, to speak with people who oppose nuclear power.

Dozens were in attendance at the First Churches of Northampton to listen to a speech from Dr. Helen Caldicott.

Caldicott has spent nearly four decades touring the world, to educate the public about what she calls the medical hazards of the nuclear age.

The pediatrician used to be on the staff of the Children's Hospital in Boston.

She then used the city as an example in her anti-nuclear energy campaign.

"I got together these doctors and we started saying, 'do you know what happens if a bomb drops on Boston?'" said Caldicott.  "We described the ghastly, grotesque medical effects, and in five years we taught the American people through the media about the medical effects of nuclear war. Eighty percent became opposed. That was the second American Revolution. It was peaceful and educational."

Caldicott was a guest of the Nuclear Free Future Coalition of Western Massachusetts, which is comprised of nine community organizations in the Pioneer Valley.

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