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Accession Number: 89-011


We-Peterborough : World Emergency Centre for Assertive Non-Violence fonds. -- 1961-1985. -- 25 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

We-Can; World Emergency Centre for Non-Violence was the local Peterborough Group of Alliance for Non-Violent Action. The Alliance for Non-Violent Action was a geographically dispersed collective of groups and individuals who gathered together to plan, organize and participate in education and events for non-violent direct action. They sought to remove oppression from the world through building a non-oppressive and non-exploitative world by removing the ecomonic and political institutions and practices which supported injustice. They did this through supportive local groups such as We-Can. The strategy behind the Alliance organizations was through organizing public, non-violent actions and the development of educational materials, resources and projects. We-Can in Peterborough took on protests at the Litton Systems Plant in Rexdale, Ontario; a study on dismantling bombs and the cruise missile amongst other projects.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Chris Halonen before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of records dealt with by We-Peterborough, primarily the civil disobedience and cruise missile protest. Regarding civil disobedience, the fonds contains various study kits, articles and publications. It also includes articles, legal correspondence and minutes of meetings.


Title based on organization which created fonds.

This fonds was donated by Chris Halonen

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

For related records see: 88-020, 88-024.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Folder 1: Study Kit: Feminism and Racism

Folder 2: " : Non-Violent Action

Folder 3: " : Arms Race

Folder 4: " : Women and Militarism

Folder 5: Grindstone Experiment

Folder 6: Various publications regarding nuclear weapons, the threat of war (Cruise missile conversion project)

Folder 7: Publications satirizing the Rockefeller family: "The Incredible Rocky) pub. U.S.

Folder 8: Media Watch: "Escape from the Bomb" and article by Lester Grinspoon and E. James Liebman (Sept. 4, 1961) and transcripts to editor/author regarding it.

Folder 9: 3 articles by Brian Martin: "A Critique of Nuclear Extinction", "Grassroots Action For Peace", "How the Peace Movements Should Be Preparing For Nuclear War"

Folder 10 Miscellaneous publications and articles; information on civil disobedience and the role of support groups. "The Non- violent Activist: Magazine of War Resistors League" v.3 #6, v.4 #1 and #3;

"The Dandelion: Newsletter of Movement for a New Society", summer 1986, March 1984, Winter 1986. Articles dealing with terrorist regimes. Bulletin of the Civil Liberties Action Security Project, v. 1, #1 and #2.

Box 2

Folder 1: Alliance for Non-violent Action, minutes, 1982-1983; miscellaneous, 1985

Folder 2: Alliance for Non-violent Action: articles,advertising, pamphlets, phone and mailing lists.

Folder 3: Rough draft of Alliance for Non-violent Action by C. Halonen

Folder 4: Information regarding events between October and December 1982 (Litton bombing and subsequent arrests

Folder 5: Resistance proposals and critiques: correspondence, 1985

Folder 6: Cruise Missile: Litton, Rexdale, Ont., posters and information

Folder 7: Notes on a proposed organizing\decision- making workshop, 1985