Category Archives: Anti-Nuclear Movement

Anti-Nuclear Resistance in Grand Rapids: Part II

Last week we shared Part I, where I had been arrested in an anti-nuclear action in the summer of 1990 at Wurtsmith Air Force Base near Bay City in Michigan.  After being arrested, I refused to go to the court … Continue reading

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Anti-Nuclear Resistance in Grand Rapids: Part 1

In 1990, several people from West Michigan participated in an action at Wurtsmith Air Force base near Bay City, Michigan. This action was part of a multi-year campaign that targeted the military base because it was a Strategic Air Command … Continue reading

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Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #6 – The Anti-Nuclear Movement in Grand Rapids

This past semester, art students in Brett Colley’s class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History … Continue reading

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Our history tells us to speak up and current events motivate us to act up – An Interview with Barb Lester

When did you first get involved in the Nuclear Freeze Campaign and what motivated you to get involved? I remember the exact moment I became involved in Nuclear Freeze Campaign.  In the spring of 1982 I saw a photo on … Continue reading

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West Michigan Nuclear Resisters took part in campaigns throughout the state in the 1980s through the early 1990s – Part II

(In Part I, we looked at campaigns against nuclear weapons production and deployment in Michigan.)  Grand Rapids also had nuclear connections to the Military Industrial Complex. The Defense Logistics Agency had (and still has) a branch location in the office … Continue reading

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West Michigan Nuclear Resisters took part in campaigns throughout the state in the 1980s and early 1990s – Part I

In two weeks, much of the world will be reflecting on the 70th anniversary of the US bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The world witnessed the brutal violence unleashed from those early versions of nuclear weapons, but it did … Continue reading

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Interview with Margi Derks Peterson: From Model to Anti-Nuclear Activist

GRPHP – When did you first get involved in the Nuclear Freeze Campaign? and what motivated you to get involved? Margi – Let’s see, Chuck and I got married in 1984, and I met my Best Woman, Kathy Connolly through … Continue reading

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