Dave, with lollypop sign, in Moscow.
Why had mankind fought more than 17,000 wars in recorded history, basically each to end the need for another war? (Harvard historian, 1950's) Were Christians really following the command to "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."? (Romans 12:21)
In pondering that (and more) I became a Conscientious Objector (1-O) and joined the Committee for Nonviolent Action. Now mind, I have a tremendous respect for people in the military who want to defend our country and the values that we both love; I just disagree with their methods.
We (CNVA) demonstrated against our country's dependence on military power. We were told: "Go tell it to the Russians!" It was 1960 in the middle of the Cold War. How to do that? A long protest walk that got international press attention might work. We set out to try.
CNVA: SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSCOW WALK FOR PEACE Photo #1
Peace Walk in Paradise On the Monterey Peninsula, California. Right to left: Joe Glynn, Jerry Wheeler, Milton Mayer and Regina Fischer in the lead. Jerry Wheeler is now serving a six month term in prison as the result of a protest demonstration at a missile base.
December, 1960 º
CNVA: SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSCOW WALK FOR PEACE Photo #2
19841960 at the Missile Base "Peace is our profession," claims the U. S. Air Force. Peace Walkers take time out for lunch during a vigil at Vandenberg A. F. Base, home of the first operational Atlas ICBM. Left to right, visible faces: Scott Herrick, Allan Hoffman, Dave Rich, Ray Wisniewski, Julius Jacobs and Jerry Lehmann.
CNVA: SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSCOW WALK FOR PEACE Photo #3
Passing through the desert near Indio, California. December, 1960
CNVA: SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSCOW WALK FOR PEACE Photo #4
In Chicago, Ilinois. Bram Luckom and Jerry Lehmann lead. 1961
CNVA: SAN FRANCISCO TO MOSCOW WALK FOR PEACE Photo #5
In Indiana. Millie Gilbertson carries the lead sign. 1961
Pacifist Group Arrives in Columbia, MO. March 13, 1961
San Francisco to Moscow Walk Team at the United Nations. 1961 º
Dave speaks at the United Nations Plaza in New York City. 1961. Many made the walk.
Dave commits civil disobedience in Le Havre France. June 23, 1961
Leafleting in Poland. September 29, 1961
Meeting with Nikita Khrushchev's wife in Moscow USSR. October 7, 1961 º
CNVA photo of Dave in Chicago. April 1961