Sailing for Peace and a Nuclear-Weapons Free World
Last week, VOW Member Tamara Lorincz met with the inspiring crew from the Golden Rule peace sailboat during its first visit to Victoria, British Columbia. In 1958, the Golden Rule and her crew of Quaker peace activists attempted to sail into the U.S. nuclear bomb test zone in the Marshall Islands. They were stopped by the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu, where they were arrested and jailed. Worldwide publicity helped spur international opposition to atmospheric nuclear testing and led to the 1963 signing of Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty by the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union. Six years ago the Golden Rule was pulled up from the bottom of Humboldt Bay on the northern California coast. After five years of renovation by Veterans For Peace and scores of volunteers, the 34-foot wooden ketch is sailing once more. With her burnt red sails emblazed with a large white peace sign and the Veterans For Peace logo, the Golden Rule is sounding the alarm about the continuing dangers posed by nuclear weapons, nuclear power, and fossil fuels. Tamara was invited by the crew to speak about Canadian activism to abolish nuclear weapons at the public event that took place at the central branch library in downtown Victoria. She had participants sign letters to Prime Minister Trudeau to take international leadership on nuclear disarmament.