In high school in 1969, Jacqueline Cabasso learned about the many consequences of nuclear energy and weapons.
She’s spent the years since committed to anti-nuclear efforts and was among thousands arrested during a protest at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1983. The nascent Western States Legal Foundation defended the protesters; Cabasso has been with the agency ever since and is now its executive director.
Cabasso co-founded the Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and was appointed North American coordinator of Mayors for Peace in 2007. Last September, she received the Agape Foundation Enduring Visionary Prize.
“I think it’s important that we demand [abolition] even if it is a long shot,” she says. “We need a large number of people asking for what they really want instead of a small number of people asking for what they think they can get.”