Nukewatch is 20
Working for Disarmament and Justice, Getting Ready for Nonviolence
By Pat Kane
Nukewatch began for me about 15 years ago on a trip to North Dakota with Sam Day. I went to visit my aunts, and Sam went to meet with people interested in shutting down the missiles buried in the Dakota prairies. As we drove through the night, Sam told me the story of nuclear resistance, Nukewatch and the reality of our country's incredible proliferation of nuclear weapons. Having read major media all my life I of course said, "What missiles?" Sam talked on and I responded with, "I didn't know that" at least 300 times. My innocence gone, I began to volunteer at Nukewatch, to become a resister/worker, and to support Sam, Bonnie and John and all the Nukewatch folks who continue to do "the work" every day of investigating, reporting on and resisting the activities of militarism.
Getting out that information, teaching, planning and organizing resistance, continuing to insist on peace and disarmament and going to jail as a result, is Nukewatch's invaluable contribution to all of us.
In this Pathfinder you'll find Sam Day's historical narrative on the origin of the Progressive Foundation and Nukewatch. You'll read stories by friends who were involved in and influenced by Nukewatch actions. You'll see the faces of some of the people committed to taking a stand against nuclear madness. From the railroad tracks where secret shipments of radioactive waste slink by; to the highways where unmarked trucks carry H-bombs; to the Nevada Test Site where "sub-critical" nuclear weapons are still detonated; to Cape Canaveral where radioactive payloads are blasted into space; to the slowly shrinking missile fields and nuclear weapons factories: Nukewatch has been there, has shined a bright light on the deadly and pervasive nuclear threat.
Thousands of contributions from dedicated supporters in the U.S. and around the world have kept Nukewatch financially sound. We send grateful thanks to all of you! Hundreds of volunteers have helped in the field, alerted their communities, challenged the nuclearists in court and even strengthened their commitment in jail.
The health and environmental dangers posed by nuclear weapons and radioactive waste need the critical attention of nukewatchers more than ever. As Margaret Mead has written, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, it is the only thing that ever has."
Thank you Nukewatch and friends for 20 years of thought-filled committed work!
-Pat Kane, Nukewatch board member and organic gardener, and her partner
Daniel Campbell have donated office space and volunteered for Nukewatch