The Golden Rule Project aims to advance Veterans For Peace opposition to nuclear weapons and war, and to do so in a dramatic fashion. The Project has recovered and restored the original peace boat, the Golden Rule, that set sail in 1958 to stop nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and which inspired many peacemakers and peace ships that followed. The restored Golden Rule is voyaging once more, to show that a nuclear peace is possible, and that bravery and tenacity can overcome militarism.
GOLDEN RULE BACKGROUND
In 1958, a crew of anti-nuclear weapons activists set sail from San Pedro, California, in an attempt to interpose themselves and the boat between the U.S. Government and nuclear weapons testing in the air and waters of the Marshall Islands. They were twice boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard, and the crew was arrested, tried, and jailed in Honolulu. But far from being defeated, their example helped to ignite a storm of world-wide public outrage against nuclear weapons that resulted in the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and which has continued down to the present in the many organizations working to abolish weapons of mass destruction. The Golden Rule and her crew helped set in motion many environmental and peace voyagers and craft that came after including the Phoenix of Hiroshima, and later Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherds, among others.
The use of nonviolent direct action as a basic guiding principle of the Golden Rule’s crew would also influence future generations. Two of her crew would later be among the original Freedom Riders in the U.S. South. It is in their memory, and the causes for which they sacrificed, that the Veterans For Peace have vowed that the Golden Rule shall again ride the waves of peace.
After sinking in Humbolt Bay in Northern California, the Golden Rule was brought up and restored in the boat yard of Leroy Zerlang with Chuck DeWitt coordinating dozens of volunteers. Many local businesses and hundreds of donors made the restoration possible.
The re-born Golden Rule, like the original, will inspire a new generation of peace and environmental activism.
Golden Rule supporters are confident that the project will strengthen VFP, and significantly expand its presence. Already in Humboldt County, California, the project has brought together religious groups, businesses, foundations, environmentalists, people from the marine trades, students, veterans and others. The Project intends to pursue cooperative arrangements with like-minded organizations at every opportunity. There are no formal agreements as yet, but contact has been made with IVAW, the Japan Peace Boat, AFSC, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Greenpeace (New Zealand, Germany and USA), Peace Action, the SF Peace Navy.
All crew members will be articulate and passionate ambassadors of peace, and the mission of Veterans For Peace. They will represent us before the media, and the world.
With tensions high between the U.S. and other nuclear nations, it is time for the Golden Rule to sail into the pacific to support the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
The Golden Rule arrives in San Pedro on May 22, and will dock at the Ports o Call Restaurant, where it can be boarded and conversations with the crew enjoyed.
Then Come Say Bon Voyage to the Golden Rule Anti-nuclear Sailboat As She Repeats the Epic Voyage of 1958.
Leaving San Pedro on June 3 at 10am (all are welcome for the send-off)– Arriving in Honolulu by July 1.
Attend the send-off-party on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm
Ports o Call Restaurant – 1200 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, CA 90731
NOTE: There is a Los Angeles area screening of MAKING WAVES, a documentary about the Golden Rule, see this LINK.