Life Over Trident: The Bangor Submarine Protests

During the 1970s and 1980s the arrival of submarines armed with nuclear Trident missiles at the naval base in Bangor, Washington was depicted as a strategic neccessity by the US Government and the Navy to keep pace with the military developments of the Soviet Union.

However, despite the official stance of these missiles as an effective deterrent against Cold War adversaries, the close proximity of these devastating weapons to the city of Seattle amid reemerging Cold War tensions became a cause of great concern for anti-nuclear activists as well as local residents.

As a result protest groups soon formed, not only out of concerns for personal danger, but also to challenge the morality of these weapons and address possible repercussions of their use. These groups included the Pacific Life Community and the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action. 


Sarit Laschinsky