By K. Harvey
Looking at nationwide peace corporations along lesser-known protest collectives, this publication argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered commonly used demanding situations universal to different social routine of the overdue 20th century.
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The CNNW, for example, was designed as an explicitly decentralized group in which grassroots organizational principles would ensure fair and proper representation was given to all interested parties and their constituencies. Elitism, as many in the grassroots anti-nuclear movement agreed, was best combated by a commitment to consensus-based decision-making and 26 American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975–1990 participatory democratic principles. ’52 A compromise between the polarities of egalitarianism and effective coalition management, it seems, was never reached.
Without being sectarian or a party, that is militantly antiwar without being exclusively paciﬁst, and that has a spiritual core without being rooted in organized religion37 DeLuca felt MFS had the beneﬁt of youth that the traditional peace organizations did not. As the limitations of the umbrella coalition became clear, smaller local groups began to either afﬁliate with MFS or work outside the MFS framework, for example, in the newly founded Freeze Campaign. ”38 What this meant for the older paciﬁst organizations, however, was an attempt at the mobilization of a national peace movement without the direction and focus that these older organizations provided.
In a ﬁery piece in WIN magazine, for example, Jon Saxton berated the Freeze Campaign for failing to emphasize the connections between nuclear weapons and other key issues, such as nuclear power, military spending, racism, sexism, cutbacks in social services, and so on. The key issue, Saxton argued, was that the anti-nuclear movement needed to go deeper. ”75 Consolidation among the left, not a simpliﬁed or abstract appeal to the masses, was needed. With the imminent arrival of the second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament in June 1982, many organizers saw a real opportunity for movement unity.