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This badge was made by Patrick Bros. in Melbourne in 1979 and was collected by the donor while active in left-wing politics at the University Melbourne, c 1979-86. Both 'Mobilise for Survival' and 'Stop Nuclear Madness' were extremely popular slogans that appeared in many different anti-nuclear campaigns worldwide. Mobilization for Survival was a Philadelphia-based coalition founded in 1977. 'Stop Nuclear Madness', for example, was the title used for both a 1979 book and a 1986 speech by influential Australian activist Helen Caldicott. This message was still used by Greenpeace Italy as recent as 2010 on their banners. This just serves to show the way anti-nuclear slogans functioned: they were absorbed into a common language of shared experience which then was appropriated by various groups worldwide to advance the same concerns and fight for the same goals.

Physical Description

Circular button, metal with plastic-covered front and safety pin welded to reverse. Printed label beneath plastic covering: white background with red script around edge and stylized missile at centre in green. Missile is broken in middle and shattered edges resemble outline of dove.

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