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

By K. Harvey

Looking at nationwide peace enterprises along lesser-known protest collectives, this e-book argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered commonplace demanding situations universal to different social routine of the overdue 20th century.

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All agreed that the June 12 demonstration was to be one that could attract as many people as possible. 86 Such a corporation would remove, or at least render less effective, the contributions of radical voices within the June 12 coalition, such as the WRL, the communist US Peace Council (USPC), MFS, WILPF, and the Black Veterans for Social Justice. 87 The idea that money and influence would determine the strategy and direction of anti-nuclear activism was one that radical activists such as McReynolds and Cagan found abhorrent.

This much was given; the influx of membership and press attention emboldened activists that a massive demonstration of public opinion Anti-Nuclear Coalitions 27 against the nuclear arms race was possible, and would have an extensive impact. ”56 As the threat of nuclear weapons demanded more and more attention in 1979 and 1980, many groups and organizations pressed for a mass, united movement on that issue; the organization that would become the Freeze Campaign at that time was in its early stages of doing so.

The familiar problems inherent in coalitions, and the clash of identities, priorities, tactics, and agendas, would inevitably challenge such a lofty ideal. June 12 and the Scope of the Movement In the autumn of 1981, as the popularity and scope of the freeze movement became clearer, many anti-nuclear organizers began coordination on a variety of protests and rallies to coincide with the second UN Special Session on Disarmament, scheduled to be held throughout June 1982 in New York City. It was apparent to many that this might be a key Anti-Nuclear Coalitions 33 moment in the anti-nuclear movement, where public anti-nuclear sentiment would find its most explicit expression.

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