Golden Rule sailboat crew to give presentation at Huckleberry’s

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The Golden Rule sailboat will be coming to Prairie du Chien on Oct. 6-8. The Golden Rule crew will be giving a presentation to the Prairie du Chien Rotary Club on Friday, Oct. 7 at noon at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. The public is invited. “We will arrive in Prairie du Chien on Oct. 6 in the afternoon and depart on Oct. 8,” said Golden Rule Project Manager Helen Jaccard. “People can also come see the boat during the day.”


History of the Golden Rule Sailboat

In 1958, four Quaker peace activists sailed the Golden Rule toward the Marshall Islands in an attempt to halt nuclear weapons testing. The US Coast Guard boarded her in Honolulu and arrested her crew, causing an international outcry.


Arrest of the crew and rising awareness of the dangers of radiation led to worldwide demands to stop nuclear testing. This spurred the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and the U.K. to sign the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963.

In 2010, the Golden Rule sank in Northern California.For five years, dozens of Veterans For Peace, Quakers and other volunteers restored her.


Nuclear Abolition 

Mission Restored

From 2015-2022 the Golden Rule sailed the West Coast between British Columbia and San Diego and to Hawaii and back.


The Golden Rule Project has given hundreds educational presentations about nuclear issues and led many peace flotillas. Thousands of people visited the Golden Rule during four wooden boat shows.


The Golden Rule now sails for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future.


From September 2022 through December 2023 the, Golden Rule will sail “The Great Loop.” Starting in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she will sail down the entire Mississippi River, along the Gulf states, up the east coast to Maine, through the Hudson River and Erie Canal, around the Great Lakes, and down the center of the country back to the Gulf of Mexico.


This 15-month voyage will take the Golden Rule into 100 towns and cities and cover 11,000 miles.

Along the way, Golden Rule representatives will speak to many groups about how their actions can bring about nuclear disarmament and stop the possibility of nuclear war.

In this time of war, bringing hope through action is a great antidote to the fearful messages often heard.

Golden Rule events also highlight local environmental, climate change and peace and justice issues by giving others a chance to speak and connecting their issues to the need to stop all war.


Sailors welcome

To be part of the crew, please fill out the form at: Volunteers can let the Golden Rule know how they can help. Crew hosts, musicians, authors, speakers, social media posters, and more are needed. The form is at: vfpgoldenruleorg/volunter


The trailer for the new documentary “Golden Rule: The Journey for Peace” is out. The film is about the Veterans For Peace historic sailboat, its mission to stop nuclear weapons and the sail back from Hawaii to California. View the trailer at:

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