[Disarmament Rally #55]

Part of the Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection. Live coverage of The International March and Rally for a Freeze and Reduction of Nuclear Arms and a Transfer of Funds from the Military to Human Needs. On June 12, 1982, the largest antinuclear demonstration was held in New York City's Central Park, while a simultaneous demonstration was held in San Francisco at its Civic Center. Estimates of over one million people attended the New York demonstration, making it the largest American political demonstration in history at that time.

00:00Copy video clip URL Open to the crowd gathered in Central Park for the March for Disarmament. Several shots from around the crowd, listening, dancing, and singing along to a cover of Ike & Tina Turner’s “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” sung by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.

02:59Copy video clip URL James Taylor performs “Stand and Fight.” View of the front stage as Taylor and his backing band play. Shots of the crowd dancing.

06:51Copy video clip URL Taylor introduces Chaka Khan to the stage. They perform a cover of The Temptations’ “It’s Growing.”

10:53Copy video clip URL Taylor invites John Hall to the stage to perform “Children’s Cry,” an original song penned by Taylor and Hall for the March for Disarmament.

16:22Copy video clip URL Taylor’s set concludes. A master of ceremonies introduces Russell Means to the podium.

16:41Copy video clip URL Media swarm a woman from the June 12 Rally Committee, naming other members of the committee.

18:06Copy video clip URL Return to Russell Means at the front stage.

19:06Copy video clip URL A man named Bob Muhlenkamp from the hospital worker’s union and labor coordinator for the Central Park rally, describes the unprecedented participation of international unions at the rally. 

19:37Copy video clip URL Cut to Reverend Herbert Daughtry with the National Black United Front speaks at the podium.

21:36Copy video clip URL Return to the woman from the Rally Committee, speaking about the reduction of political and economic investment in social policies resulting from the nuclear arms race. Another woman criticizes president Reagan’s foreign policy.

22:09Copy video clip URL Rev. Daughtry continues speaking. “It’s about time that we learn that we must be first in starting the dismantling of the bomb,” he says.

23:45Copy video clip URL The woman from the rally committee talks about how the peace movement must carry forward action, organizing, and demonstrations from the rally.

24:50Copy video clip URL Another man at the podium speaks about the necessity of entering the struggle to achieve peace.

25:38Copy video clip URL A woman takes the podium, speaking on ending the arms race and the need to fund education and other initiatives globally.call t

26:49Copy video clip URL A man speaks with reporters and issues a call to recognize the injustice of under-resourced areas in major U.S. cities in comparison to the 1.4 trillion proposed defense budget. A reporter asks about the peace movement’s education of children.

27:57Copy video clip URL Tape cuts to black.

28:00Copy video clip URL Tape returns to the Central Park crowd cheering as Orson Welles takes the podium. Welles speaks on the danger of apathy, recognizing the public’s agency, the “process of conversion” of the voices and funders of the “radical wing of the far right” who supported Reagan, and the politics of fear. He continues contemplating the baffling consequences of a time where “we are leaving the unthinkable and entering a new age of the utterly unspeakable” and the reality check of remembering our mortality. “We here are ready to believe that you may soon discover that the voice of the rich, WASP, country club is not uniquely the voice of the United States of America,” he says.

39:12Copy video clip URL Welles concludes his speech as the camera pans the acres of people in Central Park. Holly Near takes the stage.

39:22Copy video clip URL Tape cuts to black.

39:40Copy video clip URL Tape resumes. Holly Near performs “Ain’t No Where You Can Run.”

41:40Copy video clip URL Near performs “Singing for Our Lives.”

45:17Copy video clip URL Near performs “Wrap the Sun Around You.”

47:57Copy video clip URL Near concludes her set and credits her band.

48:22Copy video clip URL A woman introduces Michio Kaku to the podium.

48:50Copy video clip URL Michio Kaku physicist from the City College of New York, speaks at the podium.

49:26Copy video clip URL Tape cuts to black.



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