Social Activism

June 13, 2004

When Chris Williams stepped onto a Greyhound bus at a Long Island station in January 1980, he anticipated a three-week stay in Indiana. He was venturing into the heartland at the behest of some activists he had befriended at a workshop in Chicago. They were organizing a canvass for the fledgling Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana (CAC) in Indianapolis and sought his help with the cause.

Williams' three-week help session grew into a quarter century, the last 18 years of which he served as executive director of CAC, Indiana's largest and most successful citizen advocacy group. Today finds the 51-year-old back where his activist career began — fighting nuclear power in New England. He retired from CAC last month and moved to Vermont. Before leaving, Williams took time out from a going-away bash at a colleague's home in Indy to reminisce on tape about CAC and his life and times as a "naturalized Hoosier."

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