Standing Up for Peace Now and Half a Century Ago
United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination
Harvey and Alice Richards made two documentary films about demonstrations to end nuclear testing and ban the bomb back in the 1950’s and 1960’s here on the west coast. Women for Peace and Everyman document these early efforts to ban the bomb. In the post Cold War world of today, awareness of the dangers of nuclear power has grown dramatically with the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl in the Ukraine and in Fukishima in Japan. Sickness and death from nuclear radiation is now widespread around the world near these disaster sites and near uranium mines, nuclear power stations, nuclear fuel storage facilities and arsenals. The existence of nuclear weapons, uranium mining, production, storage and distribution of nuclear materials threatens human life on the planet more today than ever. The UN conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons is a welcome sign that humanity can turn back from the nuclear nightmare we have unleashed. The photographs below by Harvey Richards were shot during the production of Women for Peace and Everyman.