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Looking at nationwide peace firms along lesser-known protest collectives, this publication argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered ordinary demanding situations universal to different social pursuits of the overdue 20th century.

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22 Taking cue from the need for a mobilization of an effective peace movement, Lens initiated the meeting of activists from a large variety of organizations, which would result in the formal organization of the coalition in April 1977. 24 The Mobe (or MFS) was ostensibly working toward the inaugural United Nations Special Session on Disarmament in New York City, to be held in May 1978. Coalescing around four stated goals—Zero Nuclear Weapons, Ban Nuclear Power, Stop the Arms Race, and Fund Human Needs—MFS appealed to a growing conglomeration of peace groups under a very wide banner.

At the heart of such coalitions as the CNNW and MFS was a commitment to multi-issue, rather than single-issue organizing. As the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island showed, however, greater public interest in the anti-nuclear movement meant that broad agendas based in pacifist and radical ideals would often be muted, in favor of large, politically moderate campaigns on more specific issues. As the movement got bigger, more popular, and began to entertain the possibility of mobilizing millions of Americans neither exposed to nor receptive toward pacifism or protest, proposals to embrace more moderate agendas and strategies attracted stauncher criticism.

Anti-nuclear activism in western Massachusetts in 1974, for 28 American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975–1990 example, extended and dramatized the countercultural ideals of radical communards in their opposition to a planned nuclear power plant at Montague. ”58 Commitment to these radical, prefigurative, and countercultural ideals of dramatic protest resulted in activist communities that advocated thinking about pressing issues and Figure 1 Coalition for a Non Nuclear World rally poster, 1980. Anti-Nuclear Coalitions 29 concerns—nuclear power and nuclear weapons among them—in wider contexts.

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