Dorothy Day Refuses To Duck-And-Cover

Sun, Rivera
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/10/dorothy-day-refuses-to-duck-and-cover/

Publisher:  Counter Punch
Date Written:  10/06/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19524

On June 15th, 1955, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day joined a group of pacifists in refusing to participate in the civilian defense drills scheduled on that day. These drills were to prepare the citizenry in the event of a nuclear attack, and involved evacuations of city centers, taking shelter in subway tunnels, and, for schoolchildren, "duck-and-cover" to hide under their school desks. Such actions would be futile if a nuclear attack were underway, but the drills were part of a government propaganda program to convince Americans that nuclear weapons were a necessary part of the US arsenal, and that it would be possible to survive a nuclear war.

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