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Anti-Nuclear Movement

(see also Nuclear Weapons, Disarmament, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Waste, Anti-War Movements Past, Anti-War Movement Today)

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On the Web: Articles

Japan Reconsidering the Bomb. Karl Schoenberger, San José Mercury (6/16/03). Growing pressure within Japan to "normalize" political stature & acquire nuclear weapons!

Fear Factor. Bill Keller, NY Times (6/15/02). On the threat of nuclear attack by terrorists.

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Abolition 2000. World-wide alliance of 2,000 organizations demanding eradication of nuclear weapons.

Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. National network of groups representing concerns of communities threatened by contamination from US nuclear waste & weapons sites.

Arms Control Association. Provides well-researched reports on real problems of proliferation & nuclear danger.

Back From the Brink. Seeks to persuade Russia & US to take nuclear weapons off high-alert status, educate public about threats apparent in Bush Administration's Nuclear Posture Review.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Vital information source on this subject for past half-century. Maintains "Doomsday Clock," a barometer of nuclear danger.

California Peace Action.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Leading British organization in this movement.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Center for Defense Information. Research & advocacy group est. in 1972 by retired military officers to monitor wasteful spending in the Pentagon. Provides informative articles on website.

Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Federation of American Scientists. Group including 58 Nobel laureates founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project engineers to call for nuclear disarmament.

Friends Committee on National Legislation. Quaker lobbying group working since 1943 to shift government priorities away from military spending and urge arms control & disarmament.

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Research & advocacy group opposition to US govt. plans for the militarization of space.

Global Security Institute. Group founded by former Sen. Alan Cranston to influence powerbrokers for the reduction of nuclear dangers.

Grandmothers for Peace Group International. Organization founded by Barbara Wiedner of Sacramento to oppose placement at nearby Air Force Base of 150 nuclear warheads pointed towards Russia, with as many pointed back.

Greenpeace, Environmental advocacy group working to prevent transportation by sea of plutonium & nuclear waste, & raise consciousness about dangers of nuclear energy.

Heart of America Northwest. Works for cleanup of nuclear waste at Hanford & elsewhere.

Institute for Global Security. Works for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Institute for Science & International Security. Monitors evidence for world-wide nuclear proliferation.

International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Indispensable documents & links.

International Atomic Energy Agency (UN)

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Group formed by US & Soviet doctors to educate medical professionals about nuclear threat to public health. Works world-wide for destruction of nuclear weapons.

Lawyers' Alliance for World Security. Advocacy group of influential lawyers & former government officials.

Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy. Research, advocacy & publishing group working through UN & International Court of Justice to disseminate legal information on disarmament & international law

Nation Nuclear Archive. Key articles on nuclear threat dating back to Albert Einstein's speech to Disarmament Conference in 1932.

National Whistleblowers Center. Defends First Amendment rights of corporate & government employees speaking out against corporate & government misconduct.

Nuclear Control Institute. Research & advocacy group seeking ways to curb spread of plutonium & enriched uranium used in building nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Disarmament Partnership. New coalition of grassroots groups & Washington-based organizations.

Nuclear Policy Research Institute. Founded by Helen Caldicott to counterbalance influence of right-wing think tanks on US policy.

Nuclear Resister. Newsletter on US political prisoners jailed for anti-nuclear & anti-war activism.

Nuclear Threat Initiative. Est. in 2001 by Ted Turner & former Sen. Sam Nunn, focussed on Russia's decaying arsenal, biological weapons & US policy. Newswire service on "weapons of mass destruction."

Nuclear Watch of New Mexico. Santa Fe group seeking end to nuclear proliferation, safety & environmental protection at nuclear facilities. Best source for govt. documents on nuclear weapons manufacture.

Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze). Largest peace activist group in US: 85,000 members in over 100 chapters. Website offers annual Voting Record showing how representatives voted on peace-related issues.

Physicians for Social Responsibility. Opposes US withdrawal from 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, plans for nuclear waste deposit at Yucca Mountain, & policies advanced by Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review.

Ploughshares Fund. Resources to stop spread of weapons of war, from nuclear arms to landmines.

Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs. Founded by British nuclear scientist Joseph Rotblat, who resigned on principle from the Manhattan Project, later awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Resources for the Future.

Shundahai Network. Native Americans resisting dumping of nuclear waste at Yucca Mt.

Student Peace Action Network. National organization est. 1996, with contacts on more than 300 campuses.

Tri-Valley CARE (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment). Monitors & coordinates actions against University of California/DOE nuclear weapons research & production facilities at Lawrence Livermore & Los Alamos.

Union of Concerned Scientists. Alliance of 50,000 citizens & scientists against development of Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator & more extreme policies advocated in Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review.

Urgent Call For Ending Threats of Mass Destruction (2002). Protest Pres. Bush's move to expand production of nuclear weapons. Sign-on for Urgent Call

Waste Link

Western States Legal Foundation . Monitors nuclear weapons technology & production as part of campaign to "abolish nuclear weapons, compel open public environmental review of nuclear technologies, & ensure appropriate management of nuclear wastes."

Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control.

Women for Peace. Founded as Women Strike for Peace in early 1960's.

Women's Action for New Directions, Network of grassroots organizations working to abolish nuclear weapons, est. by Dr. Helen Caldicott in 1980 (see film "Eight Minutes to Midnight").

In the Library: Articles

Boyer, Paul. "From activism to apathy: the American people & nuclear weapons, 1963-1980," Journal of American History 70,4 (3/84):821-44.

Davison, Ann Morrison. "The US anti-nuclear movement," Commentary (12/79):45-48.

Epstein, Barbara. "The culture of direct action: Livermore Action Group & the peace movement," Socialist Review 82/83 (1985):

Herken, G. "In the service of the State: science & the cold war," Diplomatic History 24,1 (win 2000):107-15.

Jezer, Marty. "Who's on first? What's on second? A grassroots political perspective on the anti-nuclear movement," WIN (10/12/78):5-12.

Khatchadourian, Raffi. "Saying no to nuclear arms," Nation (6/24/02).

Krupp, Sarah. "Hundreds march for peace," San Jose Mercury News (8/11/03):3B.

Kuznick, Peter J. "He 'never lost any sleep': coping with Truman's nightmarish nuclear legacy," Radical History Review 75 (fall 99):121-47.

Nielsen, Elizabeth. "The public sphere: nuclear-freeze posters in a commodity culture," Monthly Review 40, 2(6/88):43-52.

Schell, Jonathan. "Alan Cranston," Nation (1/22/01). Attests to late California Senator's decades-long struggle against development & proliferation of nuclear weapons.

__________. "The growing nuclear peril," Nation (6/24/02).

Vogel, Stephen. "The limits of protest: a critique of the anti-nuclear movement," Socialist Review 54 (11-12/80):125-34.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Acland, Richard. Waging Peace: The Positive Policy We Could Pursue if We Gave Up the Hydrogen Bomb (London: F. Muller, 1958).

Aukerman, Dale. Darkening Valley. A Biblical Perspective on Nuclear War (NY: Seabury, 1981).

Berrigan, Philip. Of Beasts & Beastly Images: Essays Under the Bomb (Portland OR: Sunburst, 1978).

__________ & Elizabeth McAlister. The Time's Discipline: The Beatitudes & Nuclear Resistance (Baltimore: Fortkamp, 1989).

Bowie, Robert R. & Richard H. Immerman. Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy (NY: Oxford, 1998).

Campbell, Campbell. Destroying the Village: Eisenhower & Thermonuclear War (NY: Columbia U, 1998).

Cioc, Mark. Pax Atomica: The Nuclear Defense Debate in West Germany during the Adenauer Era (NY: Columbia, 1988).

Croall, Stephen & Kaianders. The Anti-Nuclear Handbook (NY: Pantheon, 1978).

Dear, John (ed.) It's a Sin to Build a Nuclear Weapon: The Collected Works on War & Christian Peacemaking of Richard McSorley (Baltimore: Fortkamp, 1991).

Douglass, James. Lightning East to West. Jesus, Gandhi & the Nuclear Age (NY: Crossroad, 1983).

Fitzgerald, Frances. Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars & the End of the Cold War (NY: Simon & Schuster, 2000).

Fry, M.P.; N.P. Keating & J. Rotblat (eds.) Nuclear Non-Proliferation & the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NY: Springer-Verlag, 1990).

Gerson, Joseph. With Hiroshima Eyes: Atomic War, Nuclear Extortion, & Moral Imagination (Philadelphia: New Society, 1995).

Glass, Matthew. Citizens Against the MX: Public Languages in the Nuclear Age (Urbana: U. Illinois, 1993).

Glendinning, Chellis. Waking Up in the Nuclear Age: The Book of Nuclear Therapy (NY: Beach Tree, 1987).

Hacker, Barton C. The Dragon's Tail: Radiation Safety in the Manhattan Project, 1942-1946 ( Berkeley: U. California, 1987).

__________. Elements of Controversy: The Atomic Energy Commission & Radiation Safety in Nuclear Weapons Testing, 1947-74 (Berkeley: U. California, 1994).

Hartung, William D. & Others. The Economic Consequences of a Nuclear Freeze (NY: Council on Economic Priorities, 1984).

Herken, Gregg. The Winning Weapon: The Atom Bomb & the Cold War (NY: Knopf, 1980).

__________. Counsels of War [1985] (rev. ed.; NY: Oxford, 1987).

__________. Cardinal Choices: Presidential Science Advising from the Atom Bomb to SDI [1992] (rev. ed.; Stanford, Stanford U, 2000).

__________. Brotherhood of the Bomb (?:?, 2002). Life stories of Oppenheimer, Lawrence & Teller, & the politics surrounding the construction of the first atom bomb.

Kovel, Joel. Against the State of Nuclear Terror (London: Free Association, 1987).

Krasniewicz, Louise. Nuclear Summer: The Clash of Communities at the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment (NY: Cornell, 1992).

Kraybill, Donald B. & John R. Ranck. Nuclear War & Lancaster County (Elizabethtown PA, 1981).

__________. Facing Nuclear War: A Plea for Christian Witness (Scottdale PA: Herald, 1982).

Krieger, David & Frank M. Kelly (eds.) Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age: Ideas for Action (Santa Barbara CA: Capra, 1988).

Kuznick, Peter J. Beyond the Laboratory: Scientists as Political Activists in 1930s America (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1987). On the opposition of scientists, largely forgotten since World War II, to bomb-building & fascism.

Landais-Stamp, Paul & Paul Rogers. Rocking the Boat: New Zealand, the US & the Nuclear-Free Zone Controversy in the 1980's (NY: Berg, 1989).

Lifton, Robert Jay & Richard Falk. Indefensible Weapons: The Political & Psychological Case Against Nuclearism (Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting, 1982).

Maddox, R.J. Weapons for Victory: The Hiroshima Decision Fifty Years Later (Columbia MO: U. Missouri, 1995).

Mazuzan, George T. & J. Samuel Walker. Controlling the Atom: The Beginnings of Nuclear Regulation, 1946-1962 (Berkeley: U. California, 1985).

McMillan, Stuart. Neither Confirm nor Deny: The Nuclear Ships Dispute between New Zealand & the US (NY: Praeger, 1987).

Perkovich, George. India's Nuclear Bomb: The Impact on Global Proliferation (Berkeley: U. California, 1999).

Powaski, Ronald E. March to Armageddon: The US & the Nuclear Arms Race, 1939-Present (NY: Oxford, 1987).

__________. Thomas Merton on Nuclear Weapons (Chicago: Loyola U, 1988).

__________ Return to Armageddon: The US & the Nuclear Arms Race, 1981-1999 (NY: Oxford, 2000).

Robinson, Marilynne. Mother Country (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1989). Story of environmental impacts of British nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, on Irish Sea.

Rotblat, Joseph; Jack Steinberger & Bhalchandra Udgaonkar (eds.) A Nuclear Weapon-Free World: Desirable? Feasible? (Boulder: Westview, 1993).

__________ (ed.) Nuclear Weapons: The Road to Zero (Boulder: Westview, 1998).

Russell, Diana E.H. Exposing Nucear Phallacies (NY: Pergamon, 1989).

Ryan, Haward. Blocking Progress: Concensus Decision-Making in the Anti-Nuclear Movement (?: Overthrow Cluster, 1983).

Schell, Jonathan. The Gift of Time: The Case for Abolishing Nuclear Weapons Now (NY: H. Holt, 1998).

Thompson, Dorothy (ed.) Over Our Dead Bodies: Women Against the Bomb (London: Virago, 1983).

Taylor, R.K.S. The Protest Makers: The British Nuclear Disarmament Movement of 1958-1965, Twenty Years On (NY, 1980).

Thompson, E.P. (ed.) Protest & Survive (NY, 1981).

__________. Zero Option (London, 1982).

Totten, Sam & Martha Wescoat Totten (eds.) Facing the Danger: Interviews with 20 Anti-Nuclear Activists (Trumansburg NY: Crossing, 1984).

Wallis, Jim (ed.) Waging Peace: A Handbook for the Struggle to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982).

Weisgall, Jonathan M. Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll (Annapolis MD: Naval Institute, 1994).

Walker, J. Samuel. Containing the Atom: Nuclear Regulation in a Changing Environment (Berkeley: U. California, 1992).

Wenger, Andreas. Living with Peril: Eisenhower, Kennedy, & Nuclear Weapons (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997).

Wittner, Lawrence S. The Struggle Against the Bomb, vol. I: One World or None, a History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement through 1953 (Stanford: Stanford U, 1993).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

Taylor, Theodore. The Bomb (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1995).

Yep, Laurence. Hiroshima: A Novella (NY: Scholastic, 1995).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Jang Aur Aman (War & Peace)" [?], dir. Anand Patwardhan, ?m. Documentary on India's nuclear weapons program.

"The Last Epidemic" [1981], by Physicians for Social Responsibility, 30m. What would be the impact of a nuclear bomb exploding in an American city?

"Linus Pauling, Crusading Scientist" [1989], dir. Robert Richter, 58m. From Robert Richter Productions.

"Silkwood" [1983], dir. Mike Nichols, 128m. In video stores.

"Sleepwalking to Armageddon" [2000?], From Institute for Global Security?

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