Dedicated activist Rae Street joined CND in 1980, and soon became very active, setting up Littleborough Peace Group.
‘From the start, I thought it not only important to be active at home, but also internationally.’ Rae says. ‘It seemed clear to me that governments and the military industrial complex were in league globally and as peace activists we should also link across borders.’
Rae went on her first speaking tour of many in 1986. ‘One visit which deeply moved me above all others,’ Rae recalls, ‘was being at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorative events. I broke down in tears and collapsed in the dust at seeing the trike whose small rider had been vaporised when the bomb fell. My small grandson was the same age.
‘I have always been proud of CND’s wide ranging support for international work. Proud too that the well-known symbol is known as a peace sign all over the world.’
Rae has also served as a vice-chair of CND and as a vice-president of the International Peace Bureau.
What is 60 faces of CND?
Founded in 1958 at the height of the Cold War, CND has been a powerful collective voice against the dangers of nuclear weapons.
CND’s greatest strength has always been its members.
Here we take a look at 60 Faces of CND,
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