[Dear Friend: As this letter is written, Father Michael Scott…]

by A. J. Muste, George Willoughby, Committee for Non-Violent Action
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
November 20, 1959
Publisher: Committee for Non-Violent Action
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Africa, Algeria, Ghana
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Kingdom, United Nations
Language: English
Father Michael Scott is flying from New York to Accra, Ghana to join a team of English, French, American, and African members who plan to go into the Sahara desert to try to reach the site where the French government has announced it will shortly test an atomic bomb. Scott says the purpose is to "appeal to the conscience of the French people and their leaders not to set in motion … a train of events which will mean that one new nation after another acquires an arsenal of extermination." Bayard Rustin was sent to London and on to Accra by the Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA) in response to the urgent call for help from the British Direct Action Committee, which sponsored the Aldermaston march. Rustin is helping to organize the project and is conferring with African leaders about protests all over the African continent in support of the Sahara project. A remarkable amount of protest against the Sahara test has already occurred at the United Nations. The Sahara project and accompanying actions may stir the whole African continent and enlist its peoples in the world struggle against nuclear war and "the new nuclear imperialism." The mailing seeks to raise $5,000 to send Rustin to Africa and to help with project expenses [Note: The Aldermaston marches were anti-nuclear weapons demonstrations in the United Kingdom.]
Collection: Winifred Courtney papers