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Title: Mobilization for Survival: Feminist Task Force records
Dates:1985-1987
Call Number:M140

Historical Note

In 1977, a group of activists formed the Boston chapter of Mobilization for Survival, an organization dedicated to nuclear disarmament and peace. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mobilization for Survival rallied against a variety of anti-military and anti-nuclear causes such as the American presence in Central America and nuclear proliferation. In 1985, a group of feminists in the Boston chapter met to create a Feminist Task Force within the organization to address women's issues within the anti-militarist and anti-nuclear movements, as well as bring the those issues into feminist organizations in Boston. The Task Force met monthly and sponsored forums ranging from the history of women in the peace movement to challenges facing women in Central America. The Task Force also mobilized against the Massachusetts Human Services ban on gay and lesbian families fostering children in 1985, culminating in a massive rally in May of that year. The group continued to meet until 1987.
Chronology
1977 Boston starts a local chapter of the national organization, Mobilization for Survival
1985 A group of feminists associated with the Boston chapter of Mobilization for Survival meet to form a Feminist Task Force within the chapter to bring feminist issues into focus within the disarmament movement and to bring disarmament issues into focus within the feminist movement.The Feminist Task Force organizes educational forums on the history of women in peace movements. The Feminist Task Force along with other affinity organizations like GLAD and the Women's Center protest the Massachusetts Human Services Amendment prohibiting gay and lesbian families from fostering children. This culminates in a Boston city rally in May of 1985.
1985-1986 The Feminist Task Force sponsors open forums and lectures on relevant feminist issues within the anti-nuclear and antimilitary movement ranging from women's participation in Central America to challenges facing GLBT communities.