Nuclear Resister Records
Held at: Swarthmore College Peace Collection [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore 19081-1399
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In 1980, Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa became co-coordinators of the National No-Nukes Prison Support Collective, which educated about peace issues and advocate for imprisoned anti-nuclear activists. The Cohen-Joppas also published The Nuclear Resister newsletter as an essential element of this work. In 1988 the organization changed its name to The Nuclear Resister. The function of the Nuclear Resister was to provide comprehensive reporting on arrests for anti-nuclear civil resistance in the United States. There was an emphasis on providing support for the women and men jailed for these actions. In 1990 reporting coverage was expanded to include anti-war arrests in North America, plus overseas anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance with the same emphasis on prisoner support. While the principal effort continues to be publication of the newsletter, supporters also participate in anti-nuclear resistance through public speaking, writing for other publications and websites, organizing protests and other events, a website, a Facebook page and Twitter account, among other things. Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa continue as co-cordinators and co-editors and The Nuclear Resister newsletter continues to be published, as of 2015.
The files of the Nuclear Resister Newsletter includes correspondence with hundreds of peace movement activists from 1980 onward.
This collection was organzied by the donors John Cohen-Joppa and Felice Cohen-Joppa. They indentified many of the correspondents in the collection and wrote names where necessary on various letters.
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these records.
Gift of Felice Cohen-Joppa and John Cohen-Joppa, 2015 [Acc. 2015-050].
This collection remains in the order in which it was donated. This finding aid was created by Wendy Chmielewski, August 2015.
Items removed: Periodicals from various peace organizations.
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