U.S. Peace Council
The U.S. Peace Council is an activist organization founded in the late 1970s.
NATO's decision to deploy a new generation of strategic nuclear warheads in Europe and U.S. President Ronald Reagan's planned military buildup program signaled the end of detente, a return to heightened Cold War tensions, and renewed fears of nuclear war.
The Peace Council held three days of organizational meetings were held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., attended by approximately 275 to 300 people from thirty-three states, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. They later were one of many groups that organized a June 1982 huge peace protest in New York City. Edward J. O'Malley, assistant FBI director of intelligence charged that KGB officers were instructed "to devote serious attention to the antiwar movement in the United States," and were infiltrating it.
Over the years, leading members of the U.S. Peace Council have included:
- Barbara Lee, current member of the U.S. Congress
- James E. Jackson (1914-2007), veteran civil rights leader.
- Alice Palmer, Illinois State Senator
- Leslie Cagan, coordinator of anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice.