By K. Harvey
Looking at nationwide peace corporations along lesser-known protest collectives, this e-book argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered widespread demanding situations universal to different social activities of the past due 20th century.
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21 Linking scattered evidence of nuclear dangers around the nation together in a framework of grassroots citizen activism, then, helped to deﬁne the burgeoning anti-nuclear movement as one located within those grass roots. That they were spread across the United States demonstrated the potential for a national movement of information and coordination. Such was the reasoning behind Mobilization for Survival, the umbrella coalition that emerged in 1977 aiming to coordinate anti-nuclear activities around the nation.
This stemmed from organizational difﬁculties, communication problems, and a lack of attention paid to established procedure within the CNNW. 54 In some ways, this challenge emphasized the dangers of popularity for radicals more accustomed to the fringes of political life, where comprehensive multi-issue activism was the norm. Boston-based MFS organizer Frank Brodhead, for example, lamented the effect of the inﬂux of the many new constituencies that were swept up in the growing movement against nuclear war .
Steve Ladd, of the Berkeley WRL chapter and later involved in the statewide Freeze Campaign in California, saw the promise of the Freeze in its potential to unite the peace movement. In a forum in WRL News, he argued: Frankly, if we remain the scattered, small, relatively powerless movement we are now, we will never stop these new weapons, or cause the elimination of even one single weapon in our current arsenal. ”66 The beneﬁt of adopting a “realistic, winnable interim goal” meant that the peace movement’s radical vanguard, rather than remaining marginal in their political impact, might be able to provide voice and perspective to a more mainstream, politically oriented movement that aimed not at global disarmament and a more just society, but at a more manageable, Anti-Nuclear Coalitions 31 pragmatic goal.