Protest: Conflict in the Movement

Looking back on its greatest success —the Oct. 15 Moratorium Day—the multifaceted U.S. peace movement is exhilarated. Looking ahead to its plans for November, it is worried. Can the momentum be sustained? Can violence be avoided? Most of all, will the desire for peace prevail over the movement's tendency to wage internal war over goals and tactics?

Publicly, the factional leaders last week expressed optimism and pledged cooperation—at least through the activities scheduled for Nov. 13, 14 and 15. Yet privately, key participants conceded that a serious split had been narrowly averted and that basic disagreements remained unresolved.

The potential conflict...

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