Civil Defense

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Peace Groups' Opposition to Cd Plans

President reagan's emphasis on civil defense planning is adding a new element to the ongoing public debate over nuclear arms. Peace activists have seized on the coming United Nations second Special Session on Disarmament to dramatize their concern about the failure of the United States and Russia to agree on significant arms-control measures.1 The seekers of an international freeze on the production of nuclear weaponry are calling for a “mass demonstration” in New York on June 12, while the U.N. disarmament delegates are meeting. Many persons connected with the movement say they expect protests against a civil defense buildup to join the nuclear-freeze campaign as a major focus of anti-war activity during the year.

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