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[Summary]Nuclear disarmament The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958.[1] Nuclear disarmament refers to both the act of reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons and to the end state of a nuclear-weapons-free world, in whic

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Nuclear disarmament

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958.[1]

Nuclear disarmament refers to both the act of reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons and to the end state of a nuclear-weapons-free world, in which nuclear weapons are completely eliminated. Nuclear disarmament groups include the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Peace Action, Greenpeace, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Mayors for Peace, Global Zero, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. There have been many large anti-nuclear demonstrations and protests. On June 12, 1982, one million people demonstrated in New York City's Central Park against nuclear weapons and for an end to the cold war arms race. It was the largest anti-nuclear protest and the largest political demonstration in American history.[2][3]

Nuclear Freeze Campaign, 1970s-1980s

These events combined with a rightward shift in national politics made it the time for a resurgence of nuclear–focused peace activism. In November 1980, Ronald Reagan, who promised to increase military spending, was elected president, while 59 towns in Massachusetts passed local referenda supporting a nuclear freeze. After this the nuclear freeze movement grew rapidly, becoming one of the largest peace movements in US history.60

Nuclear disarmament

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol, designed by Gerald Holtom in 1958.[1]

Nuclear disarmament refers to both the act of reducing or eliminating nuclear weapons and to the end state of a nuclear-weapons-free world, in which nuclear weapons are completely eliminated. Nuclear disarmament groups include the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Peace Action, Greenpeace, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Mayors for Peace, Global Zero, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. There have been many large anti-nuclear demonstrations and protests. On June 12, 1982, one million people demonstrated in New York City's Central Park against nuclear weapons and for an end to the cold war arms race. It was the largest anti-nuclear protest and the largest political demonstration in American history.[2][3]

The Nuclear-Freeze Movement of the 1980s

Malaise set in with the assassinations of Dr. King and RFK. American atrocities in Vietnam, such as the My Lai massacre, exploded the myth of US integrity (Meadlo 552-4). At Kent State University in 1970, Ohio National Guard troops fired on antiwar student protestors (McCormick 161), killing four. Then there was the Nixon administration's project of domestic espionage against American dissidents (McCormick 160). These elements combined in various ways to shape popular antiwar opinion.

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At the moment, the Bush administration's militaristic approach to world affairs seems triumphant. From preemptive wars against "evil" nations, to scrapping arms control treaties, to developing new nuclear weapons, the would-be warriors are having things pretty much their way.

But, as indicated by events of the recent past, this situation can be reversed.

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Randall Forsberg, 64; founder of nuclear freeze movement in '80s

Nuclear Freeze 1980s

Randall Forsberg, who founded the nuclear freeze movement of the early 1980s and wrote its manifesto, died Oct. 19 of endometrial cancer at a New York City hospital. She was 64.An arms control...

The Nuclear Freeze Debate: Arms Control Issues for the 1980s

Nuclear Freeze 1980s

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Description : Well before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the Bomb. Historians have generally ignored African Americans when studying the anti-nuclear movement, yet they were some of the first citizens to protest Truman's decision to drop atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Now for the first time, African Americans Against the Bomb tells the compelling story of those black activists who fought for nuclear disarmament by connecting the nuclear issue with the fight for racial equality. Intondi shows that from early on, blacks in America saw the use of atomic bombs as a racial issue, asking why such enormous resources were being spent building nuclear arms instead of being used to improve impoverished communities. Black activists' fears that race played a role in the decision to deploy atomic bombs only increased when the U.S. threatened to use nuclear weapons in Korea in the 1950s and Vietnam a decade later. For black leftists in Popular Front groups, the nuclear issue was connected to colonialism: the U.S. obtained uranium from the Belgian controlled Congo and the French tested their nuclear weapons in the Sahara. By expanding traditional research in the history of the nuclear disarmament movement to look at black liberals, clergy, artists, musicians, and civil rights leaders, Intondi reveals the links between the black freedom movement in America and issues of global peace. From Langston Hughes through Lorraine Hansberry to President Obama, African Americans Against the Bomb offers an eye-opening account of the continuous involvement of African Americans who recognized that the rise of nuclear weapons was a threat to the civil rights of all people.

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