Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. Live coverage of large rally in Central Park to support nuclear disarmament. Tape 2 of 3.
0:00Copy video clip URL Animated version of atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima.
0:29Copy video clip URL Reporter Carlos de Jesus speaks in Spanish about various groups against nuclear weapons.
2:40Copy video clip URL Religious leaders are interviewed about why so many clergy members came to the demonstration. Priest claims that people in his area are forced into poverty because the government spends money on military weapons instead of welfare programs.
4:07Copy video clip URL March for Disarmament title.
4:08Copy video clip URL Religious leaders continue to speak about the need for people to get involved in the cause.
5:30Copy video clip URL Dr. Randall Caroline Forsberg, from the Institute For Defense and Disarmament Studies, speaks about how people now feel that something can be done to stop the production of nuclear weapons.
6:45Copy video clip URL More interviews with people in the crowd. Woman who has lived in Colombia for the last 15 years speaks about her reasons for coming to the meeting. Woman who took part in the World Peace March explains the march, which was organized by Buddhist monks in the previous year.
9:24Copy video clip URL Maxi Cohen introduces a tape from Upper West Side’s March for Disarmament from that morning.
9:51Copy video clip URL Woman speaks about why the West Side got involved.
10:05Copy video clip URL Man holds sign that reads “Protest and survive” and says that this cause is the most important cause in the world.
10:28Copy video clip URL Nuns speak about how impressed they are with the way the people are unified in the cause.
10:52Copy video clip URL Footage of march with interview of Spanish-speaking man.
11:30Copy video clip URL Footage of people at present demonstration. Nancy Cain interviews Colleen Dewhurst, the organizer, who says this might be one of the most exciting days of her life. “It’s probably the one time in the history of the United states that everybody got the chance to speak out about the nuclear freeze… There’s no way now they can put a label on us like they always try to do. There’s no labeling this group. This is simply a group across the United States and the whole world saying, ‘We’re telling you, we want to live.'”
13:55Copy video clip URL Interview with people from the Modern Times Theater who have been putting on a play about Hiroshima and atomic war.
15:24Copy video clip URL Maxi Cohen reads a press release from Channel 13, with Defense Secretary Kaspar Weinberger saying that the demonstration will have no effect on disarmament policy, because “U.S. policy is determined at the polls and not in the streets.”
16:40Copy video clip URL Live Central Park NYC. Interview with Ruby Rich, who runs the film department for New York State Council for the Arts. She says the arts are having trouble now, given the budget cuts from the Reagan administration.
19:00Copy video clip URL Excepts from “Atomic Café.” Military chaplain explains to soldiers exactly what happens when an atomic bomb is dropped.
20:12Copy video clip URL Interview with Norma Becker, Chairperson of the War Resistance League. She reacts to the statements made by Weinberger: “To be very honest, I find it disgusting that an official of the government would express such disdain for public opinion.”
22:40Copy video clip URL Arts for Life Festival at NYC’s Lower East Side. Footage of performances.
23:54Copy video clip URL Carly Simon performs song.
24:30Copy video clip URL Back live in Central Park, Nancy Cain interviews Dick Gregory. He talks about how people only recently have realized how dangerous the atomic bombs are. He claims we initially accepted them because they were created by scientists at prestigious universities. “Now we realize that Harvard, Yale, MIT, all of them can be thugs and hoodlums, just like the thugs and hoodlums we grew up with in the neighborhood. Now the glamour is gone.”
26:30Copy video clip URL Men have contest called “Push-ups for peace.”
27:34Copy video clip URL It is announced that the speaker will be on in a few minutes.
27:55Copy video clip URL Coretta Scott King takes the stage. The audio seems to be taken from in the crowd, so it is hard to hear her speech.
29:20Copy video clip URL Interview Edith Ballantyne of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, who is currently stationed in Geneva. She says that people in Europe have been protesting in great numbers.
31:50Copy video clip URL Back to King’s speech. She calls the people to action until peace is achieved.
33:58Copy video clip URL Nancy Cain interviews Theodore Bikel. “[This event] is totally improbable, but we have done the improbable before.” He recites an anti-war poem.
35:05Copy video clip URL Jackson Browne performs on the stage.
35:36Copy video clip URL Reporter refutes claim that the movement isn’t affecting the Reagan administration’s policies, while walking past line of cops.
36:07Copy video clip URL Back to the Jackson Browne performance.
36:40Copy video clip URL Nancy Cain interviews James Taylor. “[The nuclear freeze] is the most important human endeavor, certainly of this century, and perhaps of human history.” Cain jokingly asks him to hum a few bars for them, which causes him to act intensely awkward and respond, “I had to stop.”
37:42Copy video clip URL Back to performance.
39:50Copy video clip URL Maxi Cohen interviews Holly Near. “I’m here with a million people to try to show very clearly that disarmament is the only solution for the world.” She hopes that the demonstration will additionally encourage people to take action in their own communities.
42:18Copy video clip URL Back to Jackson Browne.
45:00Copy video clip URL Nancy Cain interviews Winona La Duke of the Indian Treaty Council (later to be Ralph Nader’s running mate for President in 1996 and 2000). “I’m here to honor the earth… The earth is our mother, and that’s who we have to protect.” “We’ve [Native Americans] survived here for 490 years, and if can learn anything about how to live on this continent, I think they should be talking to us.”
47:52Copy video clip URL Joan Baez takes stage and speaks. “Now we have to move a mountain, and I believe when I see you, that we can.”
49:21Copy video clip URL Brief shot of Susan Sarandon.
49:27Copy video clip URL Back to Baez singing “Imagine” with crowd.
51:45Copy video clip URL Footage of peace march with Bread and Puppet Theater elsewhere in the city.
52:18Copy video clip URL Jackson Browne returns to the stage and introduces Bruce Springsteen. Together, they perform “The Promised Land.”
55:15Copy video clip URL Nancy Cain interviews Susan Sarandon, another one of the event organizers. She expresses the urgency of the cause. “We have to stop this insanity. Initially what got me here is a fear for my life.” She urges participants to continue to be active in their local communities.
57:30Copy video clip URL Bruce Springsteen does another song, “Running on Empty,” with Jackson Browne.
1:00:40Copy video clip URL Nancy Cain does station identification.
1:02:23Copy video clip URL Animated Regan and Gorbachev bombs go off.
1:02:25Copy video clip URL End of Tape.