A brief history of the founding and first year’s activities of Women for Peace. In the Fall of 1961, 50,000 women participated in organized peace marches nationwide. This was the beginning of Women for Peace. Women formed 110 autonomous groups in 25 states. Their main goal was disarmament. They planned for at least one collective action per month. The video reviews each month’s action for the year 1962. These actions include demonstrating in front of local Western Union locations and asking people to send telegrams to President Kennedy, sending representatives to a disarmament conference in Geneva, and protesting outside the Nevada nuclear testing site. Their activities also included doing a survey of specific towns and jobs that would be affected by a disarmament plan. They wanted practical solutions to the question of what would happen to workers dependent on the arms industry. On May Day 1962, Women for Peace held the first Assembly for Peace at Golden Gate Park. In June, they held their first National Meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This video begins and ends with remarks from the current leadership, but much of the history of the organization uses an older film.
Closed Captioning is available in the video controls.
This recording was digitized and made accessible as part of the “Digitizing the Sound and Sight of American Women’s Work for Peace and Justice” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2019 (grant number PW-264110-19) and the “Digitizing Audio-Visual Materials in the Peace Collection from the U.S. Anti-Nuclear Movement” grant funded by the Samuel Rubin Foundation (grant number 22203), 2019.