Let us start the new year with a celebration of one of the most ambitious yet lesser-known actions of the mid-20th century peace movement: the San Francisco to Moscow Transcontinental Walk for Peace. This action, which was first thought up at the Hygienic Restaurant in New London, Connecticut, saw ten people in ten months walk across the entire width of the continental United States (and halfway down the East Coast), then the entire span of Europe from Britain to Moscow in the Soviet Union. Along the journey, hundreds of people walked parts of the way with the core team, and in the end, the team demonstrated for peace and nuclear disarmament in Moscow’s Red Square.
Overview of the Walk: http://www.voluntownpeacetrust.org/a-peace-of-history-blog/san-francisco-to-moscow-walk-for-peace
Organizing the Walk: http://www.voluntownpeacetrust.org/a-peace-of-history-blog/organizing-the-san-francisco-to-moscow-walk-for-peace-1960-1961
Excerpts from the first month of the Walk: http://www.voluntownpeacetrust.org/a-peace-of-history-blog/excerpted-account-of-the-san-francisco-to-moscow-walk-pt-1
Challenges on the Walk: http://www.voluntownpeacetrust.org/a-peace-of-history-blog/challenges-on-the-san-francisco-to-moscow-walk-for-peace-1960-1961
Today, we have some excerpts from the walkers’ personal logs from January 1961, published together in a special newsletter by the Committee for Nonviolent Action (CNVA), the organizers of the action. The excerpts offer an early, two-week snapshot of a 10-month walk across two continents. While much of it seems banal, there are some important (and humorous) points we can learn from the walkers’ experiences:
Two more notable moments:
(Click the image below to download the PDF version of the original newsletter clipping)
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“Excerpts from reports by various walkers.” Polaris Action Bulletin. 30 January 1961 (Special Bulletin), page 1.
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