On this historic day, one million people marched from the United Nations, filled the streets of New York City, and rallied in Central Park to demand an end to the nuclear arms race and a shifting of resources to human needs. People from all over the world spoke with one voice to say “No More Hiroshimas” and “Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” The demonstration catalyzed action to freeze and reverse the arms race.
we are planning a special online event to help commemorate this historic time in our history, to reflect, learn, and examine the nuclear disarmament movement then and now. The goal of the commemoration is not only to study the past, but to inspire a new generation of organizers and concerned people to take up the antinuclear banner and work for a future without nuclear weapons, a future grounded in social and climate justice, democracy, and an end to militarism.
Details of the program, along with additional resources, are online at June12Legacy.com The event will include panels and concurrent breakout sessions on:
- Examining the June 12th, 1982 Demonstration, including the organizing behind the event and its follow-on impacts
- Race, Class, and Nuclear Weapons
- The Importance of Education in the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
- Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons, and the Future of the Planet
- Art as Activism, Activism Through Art
- Where Do We Go From Here?
If your organization would like to become a sponsor of the event and help spread the word, please email us at June12Legacy@gmail.com.
Here’s to making the world a safer and more just place,
Jim Anderson, President, Peace Action New York State
Leslie Cagan, Coordinator of the June 12, 1982 mobilization
Rev. Herbert Daughtry, National Presiding Minister Emeritus of the House of the Lord Churches, organizer of the June 12, 1982 mobilization
Kathy Engel, Associate Arts Professor at NYU, Cultural Coordinator of June 12, 1982 mobilization
Christian Ciobanu, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Kathleen Sullivan, Program Director, Hibakusha Stories
Vincent Intondi, Author of African Americans Against the Bomb
Sally Jones, Chair, Peace Action Fund of New York State
Daryl Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association
Bob Richter, Producer and director of In Our Hands, documentary of June 12, 1982 demonstration
Seth Shelden, United Nations Liaison for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons