TRACK 1 STAND UP
TRACK 2 BRIDGET EVANS
TRACK 3 WE MARCH ON
TRACK 4 BENJAMIN'S SONG
TRACK 5 WAR TOYS
TRACK 6 COME SPINNING DOWN
TRACK 7 CIRCLE/ THIS LITTLE LIGHT
TRACK 8 AMERICAN WAY
TRACK 9 MISSILE ENVY
TRACK 10 PROGRESS
TRACK 11 AIN'T WE GOT PROTECTION?
TRACK 12 MY LITTLE SISTER
TRACK 13 SIMPLE GIFTS
TRACK 14 REAL WORLD
TRACK 15 FAREWELL
The performances captured on this recording were written and performed by activists marching the 3,700 mile, 225 day Great Peace March of 1986. This CD was recorded live to 2-track at the GPM campsite on October 2, 1986 in Bedford, PA by Don Bell.
The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament evolved from another peace effort, PRO-Peace. Formally organized on April 2, 1985, by David Mixner of Los Angeles, California, PRO-Peace envisioned raising $20,000,000 to send 5000 marchers 3000 miles eastward to Washington D.C. The march departed from Los Angeles on March 1, 1986, with only 1200 participants and a fraction of the needed monies in hand. The marchers soon began to realize that the collapse of PRO-Peace was imminent and some began to organize a new structure to take its place. On March 14, while camped near Barstow, California, they received word from David Mixner that PRO-Peace no longer existed. Many marchers departed but those who remained incorporated on March 19 into the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.
A Statement of Purpose was approved with the following preamble The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament is an abolitionist movement. We believe that great social change comes about when the will of the people becomes focused on a moral imperative. By marching for nine months across the United States, we will create a non-violent focus for positive change; the imperative being that nuclear weapons ar politically, socially, economically and morally unjustifiable, and that, in any number, they are unacceptable. It is the responsibility of a democratic government to implement the will of its people, and it is the will of the people of the United States and many other nations to end the nuclear arms race.
The GPM, also known as Peace City and now numbering approximately 600, resumed its eastward walk on March 28.
The marchers crossed the United States through California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. On November 15, 1986, they marched into DC, despite the predictions of failure, almost 1200 strong again. About 15,000 people were there to greet them--many of those had helped the march or were inspired by it. Concluding ceremonies were held the following day in Meridian Park, followed by speeches in front of the White House, and closing ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial. Rev. Jesse Jackson was among the speakers at the Lincoln Memorial.
The March itself was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. What happened between leaving LA and arriving in DC is the real story, and it is different for each of the marchers who made that journey. Some of the transformation is palpable in this exciting recording.