On New Years Eve, 310 of the more than 500 activists gathered at the Nevada Test
Site committed civil disobedience, calling for the abolition of nuclear arms. Polls have
shown that 80 percent of U.S. citizens support a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, despite
its defeat by Senate Republicans last fall.
After two years living 180 feet from the ground in a giant redwood tree in northern
California, environmentalist Julia Butterfly succeeded in negotiating a settlement with
Pacific Lumber Company that will permanently protect the site from logging.
In response to rising outrage over gun violence, a grassroots womens campaign for
gun safety laws is planning a "Million Mom March" for Mothers Day 2000 in
Washington, D.C., aiming "either to celebrate sensible legislation or to protest
As the Chinese government clamps down on what it considers "politically
threatening" religious groups, laws targeting the Falun Gong spiritual movement have
also been used to imprison more than 100 Christian leaders in the unsanctioned house
church movement, which is estimated to have 30 to 40 million members. In comparison,
restricted but officially sanctioned churches have around 19 million members.
Despite a climate of nationalistic support for the brutal war against Chechnya, the
Committee of Soldiers Mothers of Russia has worked for peace since 1994 by
cooperating with Chechen women in organizing anti-war activities, denouncing human rights
violations by both sides, and working for release of prisoners-of-war.