Changemaker Chat: David McReynolds
How did you first become interested in social change?
I suspect I became interesting quite early, in high school, partly as a result of the teachings of the Baptist church I attended, and partly as a result of following events in World War II very closely, and the aftermath of the war.
How do you define social justice?
Social justice would be a society in which, without trying to “level everyone,” there would be no massive concentrations of private wealth and the general population would have decent housing, medical care, and access to education.
What has been your most exciting experience as an activist?
Perhaps the demonstration in Moscow in 1978, opposing both the Soviet and American arms races. Our group demonstration in Red Square as the same moment as fellow pacifists walked onto the White House lawn and unfurled a banner.
What is the most interesting project in which you are currently involved?
Probably trying to sort through the thousands of negatives and prints in order they can be useful to pacifist and socialist historians (photography having been a hobby of mine).
What is your vision for a better world?
Less emphasis on “nation states,” more serious work on disarmament to a police level.
What are your plans for the future?
At 82, there are no extensive plans for the future
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