Records related to the activities of Mothers for Peace to educate and inform the public of the dangers of nuclear power, weapons,
and waste as well as legal resistance to eliminate the propagation of nuclear power. Records include work related to the Diablo
Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and the litigation and public hearings involving seismic safety, County Emergency Response Plan,
high level radioactive water storage, rate structure and deregulation, degradation of coastal waters and plant security.
Origins: The San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace came together in 1969. A young mother had written a letter to the editor of
the local newspaper asking that people who shared her sadness and frustration at the needless loss of life in the Vietnam
War join her in searching out ways to act effectively as a group. The shared values and compelling need to act that originally
brought the group together have continued to characterize the Mothers for Peace.
Non-profit: The group is a local, non-profit organization (501c3). Its members include mothers, grandmothers, and non-parents.
Its membership is predominantly, but not exclusively, women.
Mission: The organization’s concerns include the dangers of nuclear power, weapons, and waste on national and global levels.
Additionally, the Mothers for Peace cares about peace, social justice, and a safe environment. The group takes on all of these
issues, working to make the world safer and more humane for generations to come.
Legal Intervention: Since 1973, the Mothers for Peace has focused much of its attention on the local dangers involving Diablo
Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. It has been the legal intervenor for over three decades of controversy concerning the construction,
licensing, and operation of the Diablo Canyon facility.
The organization utilizes all legal means to ensure safe operation and compliance with State and Federal Laws. See the Path
of Legal Resistance.
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