Oral History of Utah Peace Activists

 

The Oral History of Utah Peace Activists Project was begun in the spring of 2006. The goals are to preserve the historical record of peace activists and peace movements in Utah as well as to provide opportunities for Utahns and others to learn about the important role of peace activism in our society.

The Oral History of Utah Peace Activists Project will soon consist of interviews of 125 individuals who have been active in Utah's civil rights, peace, and justice movements. There are veterans and their family members, ministers, teachers, community activists, politicians, health advocates, musicians, and artists—all working to promote peace and social justice not only in Utah but internationally.

Rocky Anderson

Anderson, Rocky is a former mayor of Salt Lake City, and is currently affiliated with "High Road for Humanity." 

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Appleby, Nancy became active in Utah peace and anti-Vietnam War movements with her husband, Peter, a professor of philosophy.

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Archuleta, Archie was a teacher who became involved as an activist in the Chicano Movement and the Black Liberation movement.

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Barrett, Gene and Donna are a married couple who are both active in the peace movement. Gene is a Vietnam War veteran.

Dr. Lou Borgenicht

Borgenicht, Lou is a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War.

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Box, Thad and Jenny are activists involved with helping battered women and promoting peace both in the home and in general.
UVU Peace Activists Project Brown, Jason has been active in Amnesty International, Eco Response, the fair trade network, and political protests. UVU Peace Activists Project Browning, Gary is a peace activist who opposed the MX Missile, and has worked to promote peace across many cultures.
UVU Peace Activists Project Buck, Roger is a psychologist and therapist who protested against the Vietnam War and participated in the ROTC attack on the University of Utah campus. UVU Peace Activists Project Burnett, Dannie served in the U.S. Army. He obtained a masters degree in business management and became an activist in college. 
UVU Peace Activists Project Bushman, Cory was born in Provo and became a peace activist while at the University of Utah. She helped start a chapter of Not in Our Name. Alex Caldiero Caldiero, Alex is a activist, poet, performer, and "sonosopher."

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Chadwick, Larry is a veteran of the Vietnam War who now works for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Salt Lake City.

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Chung, Brenda is involved in the Quaker organization American Friends Service Committee, and the Utah Friends Fellowship.

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Davis, Aaron is a veteran, stationed in the United States and Germany, and became active with the group Veterans for Peace.

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Davis, Rev. France is a Baptist pastor and has been active in civil rights and peace and justice causes since 1965.

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Day, Carol works to end apartheid, ban nuclear testing and proliferation, promote recycling, and advocate for international peace.

Sonja Decker

Decker, Sonja has been affiliated with the Unitarian Church, Dialogue for Peace, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Mary Dickson

Dickson, Mary is an activist with Downwinders United who lost her sister to cancer caused by exposure to nuclear fallout from atomic testing.

David Dominguez

Dominguez, David is affiliated with Community Dispute Resolution Services and Brigham Young University Law School.

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Easterling, Ana was raised on ideals of peace and equality. Active early in life, at Logan High School she started a Gay-Straight Alliance

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Ehrbar, Hans is a native of Heidelberg, German. While studying mathematics, he became involved in social activism.

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England, Charlotte isan activist for peace. She's published anti-war essays, and worked with various religious relief organizations.

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Erbin, Joan visited the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. She became involved in Women Concerned about Nuclear War.

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Erikson, Stephen demonstrated against the Vietnam War in New York City, and then against the MX Missile system after moving to Utah.

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Evenson, Bill and Nancy promote education and have worked against the Vietnam War and for peace.
UVU Peace Activists Project Flint, Lou Jean has been an advocate for equality for women in education, working with the Utah Commissioner for Higher Education UVU Peace Activists Project Foster, Chris taught philosophy and is an animal and environmental activist who has protested against animal experimentation and abuse.

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Fox, Jeff has been involved in student activism and politics in 1968, anti-war protests, and community services activities.

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French, Julia comes from a long line of environmental and social activists and is involved with Utahns Against Hunger.
UVU Peace Activists Project Garland, Cecil has been a protector of wilderness land through the National Wilderness Preservation System. UVU Peace Activists Project Giron, Isaac moved to Utah to avoid the gangs and crime of Los Angeles, but found similar conditions existed in Salt Lake City.

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Goodwin, Dayne participated in the anti-Vietnam War protests at Utah State University. He was also a member of the Wasatch Peace Action Coalition.

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Green, James grew up in Utah in the 1940s and 1950s, joined the NAACP, and is still active working for civil rights in Utah.

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Guy, Barbara was exposed to activism in 1980 while working next door to the KRCL Community Radio, a hotbed for activism.

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Hale, Ethel has had a long life of activism, participating in many local civil rights activities.
UVU Peace Activists Project Hale, Ethel & Wharton, Paul fought against the MX Missile system proposed for the west desert of Utah. UVU Peace Activists Project Hamilton, Marv was a defendant in what was known as the trial of the Hercules Three, along with Diana Hirschi and Matthew Haun. 

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Haslam, Elizabeth has promoted peace through civil and religious methods, and is involved with the Peace and Justice Commission.

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Hirschi, Diana Lee participated in anti-Vietnam War marches and the Equal Rights Amendment march sit-ins, teach-ins, and other events. 

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Hirschi, John Rand has been involved in activism for many years. He and his wife were arrested at the Nevada Test Site demonstrations.

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Hitz, Carla sends care packages and letters of support to soldiers though her non-profit organization, Operation We Love Our Soldiers.

Steve Holbrook

Holbrook, Steve has had a long career of public service and involvement with a variety of organizations and movements. 

Stanley Holmes

Holmes, Stan is a veteran of the Vietnam War, whose activism started after he returned and joined Vietnam Veterans Against War.

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Holt, Rosemary encountered a group named Women Concerned about Nuclear War and became involved in peace concerns.

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Irvine, David has been working with Human Rights First to strengthen the strictures against torture.

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Jackson, Dean is a minister in Utah County for over 18 years. He works for interfaith outreach, serving on the various community councils.

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Jarvis, Boyer is active in the anti-nuclear testing and proliferation movement and in promoting peace and equal rights.

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Johnson, Debbie joined Military Families Speak Out and Veterans for Peace, and gives speeches to help military families and veterans.

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Jones, Earl became involved in the peace movement a the University of Utah, out of which grew out of the Peace and Freedom Party. 

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Kader, Omar became involved in Arab American civil rights after an Arab American employee was killed by an Israeli settler.

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Keele, Reba was very active in the Equal Rights Amendment movement, and counseled conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War.
UVU Peace Activists Project Key, Jeff witnessed racism, discrimination, and cruelty as a young man in Alabama, which influenced him to join the Marines.  UVU Peace Activists Project Khalsa, Mahan is very active in a wide variety of community peace and justice groups and events.
UVU Peace Activists Project Kingman, Spencer started a group called "On the Ground Columbia," which was active against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq UVU Peace Activists Project Lambert, Carol is a lifelong believer in volunteerism, supported the Equal Rights Amendment for women, and helped organize a state mental health board.

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Landesman, Bruce became involved in civil rights and anti-war movements as a graduate student in Michigan from 1963-1966.

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Laun, Maggie was devoted to the cause of educating the public about the MX Missile system, and was arrested due to an MX protest.
UVU Peace Activists Project Lazar, Elise traveled to the Soviet Union with Women Concerned, and promotes peace and ecological conservation through her art. UVU Peace Activists Project Lesueur, Bryan participated in demonstrations against Army recruiting, and is active in Provo/Orem Action Coalition.
UVU Peace Activists Project Levine, Deb was arrested due to non-violent protests against nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear waste. UVU Peace Activists Project Littlehale, Robert believes that military recruiting is often misleading, and works to educate military-age youth. 

William Lockhart

Lockhart, Bill exposed chemical experiments at Dugway Proving Ground and was active against the MX Missile in Utah.

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Lower, Nancy and her husband came to a small ministry in Springville, Utah, and were inspired to open a women's crisis center.

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McGee, Zell works to educate Utahns about the health dangers of coal-fired power plants, and nuclear testing and waste.

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 Miller, Rick is a Vietnam War veteran who has written numerous short stories and given talks about his experiences in the war.

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Minch, Michael is an associate professor of philosophy and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Utah Valley University.

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Muller, George is pro peace due to service in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and the World Trade Center attack.

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Parsons, Linda and others tried to shut down the Ogden Defense Depot in 1969, and she was one of 12 who were arrested.

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Paxman, Shirley and Monroe are longtime advocates for peace and justice, and are supporters of the arts and civic life.
UVU Peace Activists Project Peck, Elbert helped found the Seventh East Press, an independent newspaper at Brigham Young University while there as an undergraduate. UVU Peace Activists Project Pendell, Ann is a member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and worked against the MX Missile program.

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Phillips, Bonnie owns the Phillips Gallery, a gathering place for almost 50 years for peace and justice activists and planning groups. 

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Phillips, Denis is the owner of an art gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah and became a peace activist during the Vietnam War.
Utah Phillips Phillips, Utah was a folk singer and political activist. As a veteran of the Korean War, he protested the Vietnam War. UVU Peace Activists Project Plenk, Bruce (part 1) (part 2opposed the Vietnam War, was arrested for attacking the ROTC Building at the University of Utah.

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Redburn, Joe started a conservative talk radio station, KTALK, in 1965 and interviewed many famous activists.

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Remillard, Frances is the director of Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land, which works to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

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Ritchie, Bonner has always looked for ways to solve problems, including in labor issues, the Middle East, and in international business.

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Roundtable Discussion - This panel is made up of Boyer Jarvis, Stanley Holmes, Deb Sawyer, and Preston J. Turman, Jr.
UVU Peace Activists Project Rowland, Dee worked against the MX Missile system, and established a Utah auxiliary of the organization Peace Links. UVU Peace Activists Project Rushforth, Sam is the Dean of the College of Science and Health at Utah Valley University, researching water and air pollution.

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Sampson, Amanda helped organize a walk-out after the invasion of Iraq and is concerned about environmental issues and nuclear proliferation.

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Sanders, Ashley worked for the first Ralph Nader campaign for president and became concerned about air pollution.
UVU Peace Activists Project Sanders, Ken has been active in civic life and the arts in Salt Lake City for decades. UVU Peace Activists Project Savage, Katy protested the Divine Strake chemical munitions blast in 2006, and is involved with HEAL Utah.
UVU Peace Activists Project Sawyer, Deb became active in the anti-MX Missile movement and in peace activities in Central and South America. UVU Peace Activists Project Slover, Tim worked for Democrats such as McGovern and participated and spoke at a peaceful march in Provo after 9/11.
UVU Peace Activists Project Smith, Joan is a social worker advocating peace among children, gang members, and anti-nuclear proliferation. UVU Peace Activists Project Spangrude, Kim is an activist for health care for the homeless or low income people and involved in Military Families Speak Out.

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Tanner, Barb has been against war since childhood, and she and Norm Tanner have been active in Utahns United.

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Tanner, Barb & Norm became peace activists after Norm served in World War II, and especially during Reagan's term as president.
UVU Peace Activists Project Tapscott, Bangs is a retired professor of philosophy at the University of Utah who helped found the Utah Peace and Freedom Party. UVU Peace Activists Project Taylor, Deanna organizes and participates in peace vigils, marches, and is a national spokesperson for the Green Party.

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Thayne, Emma Lou is a poet and writer, whose poetry exemplifies her deep belief in peace.

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Thompson, Marshall served in the Balkan War and Iraq. He came back changed and against war.
UVU Peace Activists Project Tippets, Bart saw action in the Vietnam War, and afterward became active in peace activities. UVU Peace Activists Project VanWagenen, Will started the newspaper called The Mormon Worker, which is a socialist, anti-war newspaper.
UVU Peace Activists Project Walker, Lee Anne became interested in peace activism at an early age, and is still involved. UVU Peace Activists Project Wharton, Paul was in the Army from 1958-1961. His activism began by participating in a Utah radio show called Public Pulse.

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White, Shelley was involved in several musical groups, such as Wild Wimmin for Peace and was involved in the Great Peace March.

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Woodworth, Warner works to provide micro-loans to would-be entrepreneurs in poverty-stricken areas. 

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Wunder, Dick is a conscientious objector, and has been active in peace and anti-nuclear weapons demonstrations and movements.

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Yengich, Ron opposed the Vietnam War, and participated in protests against the Gulf War and the Iraq War.

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Young, John served in the Korean War, which led to his participation in anti-wardemonstrations and movements.

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Young-Otterstrom, Crystal and Joel volunteer with the homeless and food banks and works to protest wars.