(Photo above courtesy Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Albert Bigelow Papers)
Help Bring Back the Rainbow Warrior’s Granny
Throughout the 1950s, the Marshall Islands were the primary site for nuclear weapons testing by the United States. Those tests were wreaking havoc on the environment and human health. In 1958, a Quaker-inspired mission of nonviolent protest set out for the Marshall Islands in a little sailing ketch called the Golden Rule.
The Golden Rule and her crew never made it to their intended destination. The Coast Guard stopped her in the Hawaiian Islands and arrested everybody on board. But the publicity surrounding the trial and imprisonment of her crew helped to ignite worldwide public outrage against the nuclear tests. By 1963 the Partial Test Ban Treaty was signed, ... Read more >