Scope and Contents
Includes correspondence, administrative files, notes of meetings, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, brochures, directories, membership materials, financial records, notebooks, journals, and photos. Subjects include nonviolence and training for nonviolent action; feminism, nonviolence, and peace.
Movement for a New Society began in 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a national network of activists committed to building a nonviolent revolution. Movement for a New Society grew to be a community, based in several areas around the United States. While Movement for a New Society was always an activist organization, it was also a co-housing and/or communal society. Movement for a New Society provided training in nonviolent direct action; was committed to decentralized organization and decision-making. It grew out of an earlier gathering of peace activists, A Quaker Action Group. For the first ten years, Movement for a New Society collectives in Philadelphia encouraged the formation of regional groups, including collectives in the Boston/Northeast Region, the Mid-Atlantic Region, Tucson, Seattle, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, etc. After 1981 efforts were made to strengthen communication and coordination among the various collectives. Movement for a New Society published at least three newsletters for internal communication: Dandelion Wine, Wine, and Grapevine; and one external newsletter, The Dandelion. Movement for a New Society ceased operation in 1988. Members of Movement for a New Society formed a collective publishing business, based in Philadelphia, New Society Publishers, which published books and pamphlets on peace, social justice, and ecological issues. New Society Publishers was in existence from 1988-1996.