Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 4. 1962.
No More War
No More War
The White House picketing and the San Fransisco—Moscow peace march have been two most spectacular and publicised efforts of this union. These, however, have been fairly minor activities. Both groups are busy organising new campus chapters and publishing national magazines.
These magazines will be available at Vic. soon.
Other students acting independently have sent letters to President Kennedy. An Eastern college group stated: "It Is apparent that whatever military advantages are gained from tests, they are far out-weighed by the harmful effects they produce."
The group deplored the irreparable harm to mankind that tests could engender.
The student movement against war is not widespread as yet. The Student Peace Union is only one of two national groups attempting to organise American students to take an active part in the campaign against war.
The student division of the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (Student-Sane) with an estimated membership between two and three thousand is the other national group.
The Combined Universities campaign for nuclear disarmament in Canada also has 7,000 members.
Both the S.P.U. and Student Sane have been accused of being Communist fronts, though neither organisation is on the Attorney General's list of subversive organisations.
All officers of the S.P.U. are unpaid volunteers, though a few draw a meagre subsistence allowance of about $10 a month. None of the leaders of these organisation have any illusions that they are going to change the world's thinking overnight, but feel it is worthwhile to "go on record showing how we feel."—D.T.