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Contributors

Produced by Joseph Daniel, A Year of Disobedience and a Criticality of Conscience is the record of a sustained protest against the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant as seen through the opnion, prose, photography and poetry of five people.  

Joseph Daniel - Photographs and New Afterword

Just twenty-three years old and working as the staff photographer for Boulder's alternative newspaper The Colorado Daily, Joseph Daniel considered his first day shooting photos of a peaceful demonstration at Rocky Flats little more than a routine assignment. A year later he had amassed one of the most significant photo essays of the anti-nuclear weapons movement in the United States. A Colorado native, Daniel went on to build a successful career as a internationally-published photographer, writer, editor, publisher, filmmaker and designer. Amongst many book and magazine projects, he founded and published the award-winning environmental magazine BUZZWORM: The Environmental Journal from 1988 to 1994 and the critically acclaimed adventure fly fishing journal Wild On The Fly from 2002 to 2007 - which he went on to produce as a popular television series on Outdoor Channel in 2011 and 2012. He is currently the Publisher and Creative Director at Story Arts Media.

Daniel Ellsberg - Original Preface and New Afterword

Born in Chicago in 1931, Daniel Ellsberg is a former United States Military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released to The New York Times what was known as the Pentagon Papers. The documents contained evidence that the U.S. government had misled the public regarding U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. For leaking the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg was charged with theft, conspiracy and violations of the Espionage Act, but his case was dismissed as a mistrial when evidence surfaced about government-ordered wiretappings and break-ins. Ever since his leak of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg has remained active as a scholar and antiwar, anti-nuclear weapons activist. He has authored three books: Papers on the War (1971), Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (2002) and Risk, Ambiguity and Decision (2001) as well as countless articles on economics, foreign policy and nuclear disarmament. In 2006 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2010 a documentary entitled The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith was shown on the PBS series POV, for which it earned a Peabody Award.

Keith Pope - Original Historical Summary

A University of Colorado educated journalist, Keith Pope worked on several newspapers and magazines in the Denver-Boulder area and was editor of The Colorado Daily. He went on to become a reporter for United Press International in Wyoming at the time of the demonstations at Rocky Flats, commuting back down to the Denver area on weekends to report on the Truth Force for this book. He remained at UPI for five more years before taking the LSATs in 1986 and changing careers. He is currently a criminal defense lawyer in Boulder, Colorado.

Allen Ginsberg - Original Poetry and Video Performance of "Plutonian Ode"

Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1926, Allen Ginsberg is a member of the American Institute of Arts & Letters and was one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem Howl, in which he celebrated his fellow "angel-headed hipsters" and harshly denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States. Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist who studied Eastern religious disciplines extensively. One of his most influential teachers was the Tibetan Buddhist, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa, founder of the Naropa Institute, now Naropa University at Boulder, Colorado. At Trungpa's urging, Ginsberg helped start a poetry school there in 1974 called the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. His achievements as a writer as well as his notoriety as an activist gained him honors from established institutions. For example, his collection The Fall of America shared the annual U.S. National Book Award for Poetry in 1974 and his book Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992 was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995. Ginsberg died April 5, 1997 in New York City, succumbing to liver cancer via complications of hepatitis. He was 70 years old.

LeRoy Moore - New Historical Summary and Reflection

A former academic, writer, devotee of nonviolence, and founder of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, LeRoy Moore, PhD, worked successfully with others to end production at the Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory near Denver, then sought the best possible cleanup of the plant’s highly contaminated site, only to be disappointed when the government agencies approved a cheaper, less responsible outcome. He served on various oversight bodies related to Rocky Flats and for several years was a member of two committees of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements. He seeks the implementation of Nuclear Guardianship at Rocky Flats. From 1980 until he retired in 1996, he taught courses on nonviolent social change at the University of Colorado.