Free Press Senior Editor and "Superpower of Peace" columnist Harvey Wasserman also edits Nuke Free and hosts the “Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show” at Progressive News Network. He is author or co-author of a dozen books, including SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH, HARVEY WASSERMAN'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, and, as “Thomas Paine,” PASSIONS OF THE POT-SMOKING PATRIOTS, all at Harvey Wasserman.
Harvey and co-author Bob Fitrakis have been called "the Woodward & Bernstein of the 2004 election" by Rev. Jesse Jackson. Their HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA'S 2004 ELECTION..., published by the Columbus Institute of Contemporary Journalism, is the definitive digest of George W. Bush's theft of a second term. Their WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO? (co-authored with Steve Rosenfeld) is the leading document book, published by New Press.
Harvey’s first demonstration, at age 16 in 1962, was to help de-segregate a skating rink at 18th and Main in Columbus. In 1966 he briefly met Dr. Martin Luther King at the Meredith civil rights march in Grenada, Mississippi.
Harvey's journalistic writings and columns have appeared in major newspapers and magazines worldwide. He and Fitrakis have appeared on Lou Dobbs, Democracy Now! and other major US media.
Harvey has spoken at campus and citizen gatherings throughout the US, Europe and Asia. His 1966 “The Use of Marijuana: It Should be Legal,” in the U. of Michigan Daily, went worldwide on the UPI wire. In 1967 he helped found the legendary anti-war Liberation News Service, which in 1968 moved to the Montague (Massachusetts) commune, a pioneer in organic farming for a new generation.
In 1973 Montague became a launch pad for the global grassroots safe energy movement. Harvey helped coin the phrase "No Nukes" in the successful fight against never-built twin reactors nearby. In 1976 he helped organize the Clamshell Alliance, which staged the first mass demonstrations against the Seabrook, NH, nuclear plant. He edited the program book for the 1979 Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) concerts in Madison Square Garden. In 1994 he spoke for Greenpeace to 350,000 semi-conscious fans at Woodstock 2.
Harvey teaches history at two central Ohio colleges and has helped in successful campaigns to save a local wildlife refuge, shut central Ohio's trash-burning power plant, stop a regional radioactive waste dump, defeat a McDonald's and save Jeffrey Park in the town of Bexley.
Harvey's SOLARTOPIA! is a utopian visioning of a planet free from fossil/nuclear fuels. Pete Seeger and David Bernz gave it a Grammy-winning anthem (YouTube/www.solartopia.org). In 2002 Harvey co-authored (with Dan Juhl) HARVESTING WIND ENERGY AS A CASH CROP: A GUIDE TO LOCALLY OWNED WIND FARMING (www.danmar.us).
Since 3/11/11 Harvey has been largely focussed on the catastrophe at Fukushima, breaking many of the key stories at freepress.org. Somehow, he remains an optimist.
Harvey and his wife Susan have five daughters and five grandchildren (maybe that's why!).
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