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Saving the World from Nuclear War

The June 12, 1982, Disarmament Rally and Beyond

Examines how the June 12, 1982, rally for nuclear disarmament paved the way for a new generation of activists.

On June 12, 1982, one million people filled the streets of New York City and rallied in Central Park to show support for the United Nations' Second Special Session on Disarmament. They demanded an end to the nuclear arms race and called for a shift from military funds to money allocated for human needs. In Saving the World from Nuclear War, Vincent J. Intondi draws on archival materials and interviews with rally organizers and activists in Central Park to explore this demonstration from its inception through the months of organizing, recruiting, and planning, to the historic day itself.

About the Author

Vincent J. Intondi is a professor of history and the director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College. He is the author of African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.

Endorsements

"An immersive and vibrant journey from America's largest anti–nuclear warfare protest to the present day. Meticulously researched and carefully crafted, this book unveils a vital yet neglected timeline and provides a fresh understanding of late twentieth-century pacifist activism. An absolute must-read."

- Becky Alexis-Martin, author of Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima

"Even a glance at the battle for Ukraine tells us that we desperately need a mass movement for a world free of nuclear weapons. We know we can build such an essential struggle because we did it before. This book is a triumph because it excavates what has been an all-too-hidden history of the struggle for our very species. I simply cannot recommend it enough."

- Dave Zirin, The Nation

"Sometimes we need to look back to find the way forward. Intondi has delivered a gripping account of the people and forces that shaped one of the most important and inspiring episodes in the long struggle against the bomb. He also offers valuable insights about how we can address the existential threats posed by nuclear weapons now and in the future."

- Daryl G. Kimball, Executive Director, Arms Control Association

"Intondi has written a book that shows how social movement rallies and campaigns are not just discrete moments in history. They are created by the relentless organizing of those seeking to make change in the world, and their legacies can impact movement building far into the future."

- Ray Acheson, Director of Disarmament, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, author of Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy

"The beauty of Vincent Intondi's Saving the World from Nuclear War comes from the light he shines on the people behind this historic disarmament rally. Peace activists, civil rights defenders, artists, regular citizens, and even police all come to life in this nuanced portrait. Intondi transports us to New York City on that day and leaves with lessons for today's challenges when the world again stands at a brink of a nuclear war."

- Togzhan Kassenova, author of Atomic Steppe: How Kazakhstan Gave Up the Bomb

"When nuclear weapons are only a grim chapter in history, a milestone in the story will be the rally Intondi vividly unpacks here. Learn why providing hope was essential for successful anti-nuclear organizing, and how people overcame the challenges they faced in doing extraordinary things."

- Zia Mian, coauthor of Unmaking the Bomb: A Fissile Material Approach to Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation

"As an account of this moment in the history of the anti-nuclear movement, this book is spectacularly successful. Intondi concisely outlines the factors leading up to the demonstration, including the tensions created by its intersectional nature, using a good mixture of oral history interviews, contemporary press coverage, and relevant secondary sources."

- Sean L. Malloy, author of Out of Oakland: Black Panther Party Internationalism during the Cold War

"Saving the World from Nuclear War establishes the significance of the June 12 rally for the American and international peace movements, both at the time the rally happened and in the ensuing fifty years. As a historian of social justice movements and as someone who attended the disarmament rally, I agree firmly that this rally deserves much more examination and consideration. Intondi employs strong primary sources (especially interviews) and grippingly vivid details to paint a picture of that historic day."

- Catherine Fosl, author of Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South
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