“June 12” Legacy event commemorates historic NYC peace rally May 26, 2022

1982 march poster by Seymour Chwast

June 12, 2022 will be the 40th anniversary of the largest peace demonstration in United States history. In New York City, one million people marched from the United Nations and rallied in Central Park to demand an end to the injustice of the nuclear arms race.  The rally included musical entertainment from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Joan Baez and Jackson Browne.

June 12 Legacy is a virtual event — endorsed by PSR and including PSR staffer Jasmine Owens among the speakers — to commemorate this historic NYC demonstration and support continuing efforts to rid the world of the nuclear weapons menace. You are invited to June 12 Legacy, Sunday, June 12, noon to 4:00pm, eastern time — to learn from those who organized the 1982 demonstration, as well as current activists who continue to work for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.

The schedule includes breakout sessions on these topics:

  • Race, Class, and Nuclear Weapons: Links in the Same Chain
  • It Starts in the Classroom: The Importance of Education in the Nuclear Disarmament Movement
  • Climate Change, Nuclear Weapons, and the Future of the Planet
  • Art as Activism, Activism Through Art 

For all the details and to register for the virtual event, visit:


1982 march poster by Keith Haring

June 11 in Washington, DC: The afternoon prior to June 12 Legacy, on Saturday June 11, disarmament supporters in the DC Metro area will gather 4:00pm to 6:00pm for a live and in-person commemoration in Lafayette Square, immediately adjacent to the White House. Speakers include Rev. Herbert Daughtry, an organizer of the original 1982 New York rally; Gwen DuBois, President of Chesapeake PSR; Kevin Martin, Executive Director of Peace Action; Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research; Professor Peter Kuznick of American University; and Jasmine Owens, Lead Organizer and Policy Coordinator for PSR’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Program.

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