By K. Harvey
Looking at nationwide peace organisations along lesser-known protest collectives, this booklet argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered regularly occurring demanding situations universal to different social hobbies of the past due 20th century.
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Extra resources for American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975–1990: The Challenge of Peace
Such a vision operated within a speciﬁc timeframe; the congressional elections of 1982, for example, were used as a platform for nuclear freeze resolutions and referenda in municipalities, counties, and states across the nation, as well as the election of anti-nuclear candidates. Radicals, on the other hand, saw the arms race as a problem with deeper roots. The evils of violence, militarism, and war were not quick ﬁxes, and mere lobbying or electoral solutions could not offer any substantial strategies for fundamentally changing society.
As MFS organizers struggled to agree upon the most effective style of protest at the Special Session, paciﬁsts felt the need to engage in civil disobedience was being neglected. ”34 The FOR and WILPF, too, were unsure about supporting actions developed by MFS. 35 In any event, the major day of protest surrounding the Special Session— on May 27, 1978—operated in ways that reminded the news media of the anti-war era. 36 Identiﬁcation with the 1960s for some activists was counterproductive; they wanted to create a new movement with new goals and a new style.
National groups provided information, news, and contacts for networking purposes, but even this was fraught with difﬁculty. Geographical isolation, regional differences, and cases of disinterest contributed to a very decentralized peace movement, one that not even umbrella groups like MFS nor national clearinghouses like the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign—to be established in 1981—were able to solve. There were, however, other attempts at organizing some kind of cooperative networks other than MFS.