Book 1 Chapters

CHAPTER 1: Returning Home To New Jersey                                                               

1983-1988

This is my opening story of transition from a 26-year marriage in Indiana that came to an abrupt end with my husband's unexpected death that led to my move back home to NJ, and three years of soul searching that led to me moving to Princeton to become an activist at 50 years old.

CHAPTER 2: My First Civil Disobedience

1989

The first Princeton based organization I joined was the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament, where I began to learn about nuclear weapons. From ages 20 to 46 years old, I lived in the cornfields of Indiana and knew absolutely nothing of nuclear issues. I accompanied a group of ten from Princeton to do civil disobedience in Nevada, which opened my eyes to the nuclear nightmare most of the citizens of the USA did not even understand or know existed.

CHAPTER 3: Meeting Olzhas Suleimenov

1990

By 1990 I had become active with the Parliamentarians for Global Action in NYC and volunteered to help with the Tripartite Delegation of parliament members working to end nuclear testing worldwide. This is when I met Honorable Olzhas Suleimenov from Kazakhstan, who was a Peoples Deputy in the Kremlin in Moscow.


CHAPTER 4: Kick-off for UN Partial Test Ban Treaty

1990

I helped Parliamentarians for Global Action plan and prepare the celebration of the opening of the Test Ban Treaty Conference, held at the Time & Life Building in NYC where the Guests of Honor were senator Tom Harkin, MP Allan Rogers, and Peoples Deputy Olzhas Suleimenov.

CHAPTER 5: Closing a Soviet Nuclear Test Site

1991

Responding to the official invitation of Olzhas Suleimenov, I led a delegation of 7 American activists to attend the celebration of the closing of the Soviet Nuclear test site in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. This is where and when I began to understand the horrendous consequences of nuclear radiation.

CHAPTER 6: Educating the American People on “The Horrors of the Mushroom” – Part 1

1992

CHAPTER 7: Educating the American People on “The Horrors of the Mushroom” – Part 2

1992

CHAPTER 8: Educating the American People on “The Horrors of the Mushroom” – Part 3

1992

Olzhas Suleimenov’s translator, Vladimir Iakimets, called me from the Kremlin in Moscow and asked me to transport seven Kazakh citizens, including Karimbek Kuyukov, across the USA from Princeton to Nevada to participate in a 3-day rally to stop nuclear testing at our American test site. I agreed and drove ten of us on a 30-day speaking tour from NJ to San Francisco and back, educating the American people of the dangers of nuclear radiation.

CHAPTER 9: An Unexpected Invitation from a very Famous Lady – Part 1

1992

CHAPTER 10: An Unexpected Invitation from a very Famous Lady – Part 2

1992

CHAPTER 11: An Unexpected Invitation from a very Famous Lady – Part 3

1992

Four months after our tour of the USA, I received a fax from the First Lady of Kazakhstan, inviting me to bring a delegation of Americans to attend her first TV-Marathon-Auction to raise money to build a Children’s Hospital in Almaty for the children suffering radiation disease from the nuclear testing in Semipalatinsk. I went to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical office in Princeton and requested they send a gift to present at this big event.  They agreed and sent me with a gift of $60,000 in life-saving medicine for the children suffering from radiation. I was able to present this to President Nazarbayev and First Lady Sarah Nazarbayeva at this fundraiser.

CHAPTER 12: Essays From 11 Professional World Citizen Activists

2020

This final chapter consists of essays written by six men and five women who are all knowledgeable of nuclear issues and the horrors of nuclear radiation. I invited these professional men and women to make their contributions so the reader can begin to understand the extreme immediate need for our worlds citizens to become active now to end all nuclear radiation!

LOIS ANN NICOLAI

A Lifelong Citizen Activist