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|Abstract||North Carolinians for the Freeze, a coalition organized in 1982 as a citizens' group advocating a mutual, verifiable nuclear weapons freeze between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The group's main activitiy was the campaign for a freeze resolution in the 1983 session of the N.C. General Assembly. The resolution narrowly failed. Office files of North Carolinians for the Freeze documenting the organization of a state-wide network to lobby for the N.C. General Assembly freeze resolution, with some material relating to the campaign for the city council of Raleigh, N.C., to pass a "Peace Initiative" ordinance.|
|Creator||North Carolinians for the Freeze.|
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North Carolinians for the Freeze was organized in the fall of 1982 as a citizens' group advocating a mutual, verifiable nuclear weapons freeze between the United States and the Soviet Union. NCF was a loose coalition of freeze groups and individuals from across the state who worked together to promote awareness of the freeze issue and to encourage the introduction and passage of a freeze resolution in the 1983 session of the North Carolina General Assembly.
The group was based in Raleigh, in office space donated by Common Cause. Dale M. Evarts of the Raleigh Peace Initiative was hired as general coordinator. Evarts had been active in the 1982 drive that resulted in the Raleigh City Council's adoption of an ordinance requiring the city manager to petition the president annually for a nuclear arms freeze. In addition to Common Cause, NCF received support from the American Friends Service Committee, SANE, the War Resisters' League, and other groups.
NCF was instrumental in lobbying for the freeze resolution that was introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly on 16 February 1983 by Representative H. Parks Helms (D-Mecklenburg) and Senator William G. Hancock, Jr. (D-Durham). The House resolution was passed on 4 March, but a joint resolution, designed to put both houses on record as favoring the freeze, eventually went down in defeat in the Senate, even though twenty-four of the fifty state senators were listed as sponsors. It was widely reported that the intervention of anti-freeze Lt. Governor James C. Green was the primary cause of the resolution's failure.
NCF was officially disbanded in January 1985, although activity had stopped, for the most part, after the freeze resolution's demise.Back to Top
Files, 1982-1985, from the office of North Carolinians for the Freeze. Most files retain the titles assigned by NCF staff; a few titles have been changed to clarify contents. Of interest is the set of notes marked "Background" in the publicity file, which documents some of the history of the organization and its activities.Back to Top
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