Filmmaker: Harvey and Alice Richards • Publisher: Estuary Press
Women for Peace covers the founding of the organization and many of the first peace demonstrations that it sponsored. With narration by Frances Herring, a founder of Women for Peace, the film covers 1961 and 1962 anti-nuclear demonstrations in California and Nevada, and many other activities undertaken by the group. In San Francisco, on August 6, 1962, Harvey Richards photographed the Women for Peace march to commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Marching in a time of complacency and ubiquitous anti-communist media bias, these demonstrators received little or no publicity from the established media. Calling for “No More War”, protesters marched around an area in San Francisco equal in size to the area destroyed in Hiroshima by the bomb. Eva Helen Pauling spoke at the rally at Civic Center in San Francisco where the march ended. Alice Richards, one of the founders of Women for Peace, and also spoke at the rally.
Women for Peace grew out of these demonstrations. The script was written by his wife, Alice Richards and narrated by her friend Francis Herring, both co founders of the group. One of the first actions of the newly formed group was their protest against nuclear testing outside the testing zone in Mercury, Nevada where women picketed openly with helicopter surveillance flying over them.