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TitleEmergency Committee for Direct Action Against Nuclear War/Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War
Ref NoCND/2008/2
LevelSeries
Date1956-1961
Extent1 box
DescriptionThe Direct Action Movement emerged out of the Peace Pledge Union and established itself according to a specifically Gandhian programme of non-violent constitutional and unconstitutional resistance. During the 1940s and 1950s, it organised a series of non-violent protests against the installation and manufacture of nuclear weapons in Britain. The Emergency Committee for Direct Action Against Nuclear War was set up in 1957 to organise a protest against the Christmas Island nuclear tests. The originally conceived protest - Harold Steele's voyage to the Pacific - never came about due to organisational difficulties, but Steele did travel to Japan in May 1957 and successfully represented the anti-nuclear cause there. That autumn the Direct Action Committee established itself and organised a protest march to AWE Aldermaston.
The original Committee consisted of Allen Skinner, Hugh Brock and Arlo Tatum. They were soon joined by others, including Michael Randle, April Carter, Pat Arrowsmith, Walter Wolfgang, Frank Allaun and Rev. Michael Scott. Sponsors and public supporters included Alex Comfort, Doris Lessing, Linus Pauling and Bertrand Russell.
After the Holy Loch demonstration of 1961, the Direct Action Committee disbanded to make way for the Committee of 100.
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