Women for Peace

1962, 24 min., black/white, DVD

Founding the Women for Peace Organization

Rent or Buy smallIn San Francisco, on August 6, 1962, Harvey Richards photographed the Women for Peace march to commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima.  Marching in a time of complacency and ubiquitous anti-communist media bias, these demonstrators received little or no publicity from the established media.  Calling for “No More War”, protesters marched around an area in San Francisco equal in size to the area destroyed in Hiroshima by the bomb.  Eva Helen Pauling spoke at the rally at Civic Center in San Francisco where the march ended.  Alice Richards, one of the founders, and also spoke at the rally.

Out of these demonstrations came the peace organization Women for Peace.  Harvey Richards documented the west coast activities and formation of this group in his film Women for Peace, with the script written by his wife, Alice Richards and narrated by her friend Francis Herring, both co founders of the group.  One of the first actions of Women for Peace was the protest against nuclear testing outside the testing zone in Mercury, Nevada where women picketed openly with helicopter surveillance flying over them. Still photo images of these demonstrations are available on this web site.

About the Harvey Richards Media Archive: The Harvey Richards Media Archive contains a treasure of images of the political and social justice upheavals of the 1960s on the west coast and of the devastating impact of capitalist resource exploitation in western forests, and mines among other subjects.  All of his 22 films are available for streaming, downloading and as DVDs. The interest and demand for his images has continued to grow along with the interest in the legacy of the 1960’s political and cultural upsurge. Estuary Press is the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive video and photo image collections.

About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano and Heart Suite, a trilogy of three books of poetry by Nina Serrano. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of the social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, paulrichards@estuarypress.com or visit estuarypress.com for more details.

MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; paulrichards@estuarypress.com

Topics: anti-nuclear protests, war resistance, ban the bomb, nuclear testing, Atomic Energy Commission Nevada Test Site, 1960s.

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