Nuclear Weapons

Which Way the Wind? - Segment 5

After 300 years, William Penn’s words to the American Indians remain poignant – and an example of how to reach across the chasms that divide us.

Which Way the Wind? - Segment 4

More than a hundred years ago, Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden Pond, was jailed for not paying his taxes.  His thoughts during incarceration became “Civil Disobedience,” which in turn influenced Gandhi’s work in India during the middle of the 20th century.  Thoreau’s words still ring true today.

Which Way the Wind? - Segment 3

Although the percentage is somewhat smaller than this 1960s clip cites - the current United States current military budget eats up almost 60% of all discretionary spending – and accounts for nearly half of all money spent on defense around the world.

Which Way the Wind? - Segment 2

The words of General Douglas MacArthur, President Dwight Eisenhower, and Dr. Albert Schweitzer may come from the past, but they can also light our way to the future.

Which Way the Wind? - Segment 1

One of our most famous families of supporters are the entertainers (father) John and (daughter) Bonnie Raitt. Their roots in peace go back to the early 1960s, when John Raitt starred in an AFSC-produced film urging nuclear disarmament.  We present these clips from “Which Way the Wind?” to show that even when things change, they remain the same.

When John Raitt, Marsha Hunt, and James Whitmore made this film almost 50 years ago, the world remembered Hiroshima and Nagasaki vividly.  That memory has faded.  The nuclear threat remains.

1994 Nuclear weapons conference

In 1994 AFSC's New England Region sponsored a conference to discuss nuclear weapons in the post-Cold War era, and published a 44 page pamphlet reflecting on the 50 year history of nuclear weapons.

Letter to the President about nuclear weapons - 1961

In 1961 the Soviet government announced plans to resume testing nuclear weapons, and the U.S. government followed suite.  On September 15 AFSC published an open letter to the President Kennedy, calling the resumption in the arms race: "utterly traggic".

1945 Plans for the Atomic Peace

In October of 1945, AFSC sponsored one of the first conferences on the danagers of "atomic weapons". 

1945 Nuclear weapons statement

Just weeks after the nuclear attacks on Japan, AFSC's Executive Secretary Clarence Pickett, joined more than 30 other religious and educational leaders to condemn atomic bombs.  This copy of that statement was pulled from AFSC's archives.

Resources on abolishing nuclear weapons

Nagasaki bomb

nuclear explosion

Atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

AFSC began working for a world free of nuclear weapons in 1945.  We've gathered a collection of examples from our archives of statements, videos, and events we've sponsored over the years.

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