American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975–1990: The Challenge of by K. Harvey

By K. Harvey

Looking at nationwide peace firms along lesser-known protest collectives, this ebook argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered common demanding situations universal to different social activities of the past due 20th century.

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94 What emerged from the June 12 demonstration and the June 14 civil disobedience action is difficult to decipher. The monumental turnout for the demonstration on June 12 was by many accounts the largest demonstration of public opposition to government policy in American history. Such a surge of new interest in the anti-nuclear cause prompted many in the movement to strategize how to retain public support and how to further develop sustained, meaningful action in opposition to the arms race. For radical groups, the way forward for the movement was to develop broad coalitions of support, finding common ground among diverse constituencies to push for an agreed set of goals.

98 In a way, addressing the traditional white, middle class leadership of the peace movement was a means whereby the movement could look at its own attitude to other issues besides nuclear weapons. This broad perspective harked back to the early days of the MFS umbrella group in its efforts to develop a nationwide anti-nuclear movement. Its efforts in 1982 extended this organizing principle, linking the nuclear arms race to a host of other troubling concerns that demonstrated the malevolent, militaristic activities of the state.

Under the auspices of MFS, a June 12 Coordinating Committee and Rally Committee were set up to organize the demonstration, and interested parties from the New York area became involved in a large June 12 Coalition, as did representatives from national peace organizations. ”77 Various constituencies such as workers, women, the poor, and racial and ethnic minorities represented natural allies; organizers expected to develop a broad platform for the rally and other associated activities, linking a myriad of concerns to the oppression and injustice—whether economic, moral, or otherwise— wrought by the nuclear arms race.

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