Schaeffer-Duffy, Scott

Scott Schaeffer-Duffy
1 September 2003Feature

Scott Schaeffer-Duffy argues that the key to sustaining long-term campaigns against weapons producers is creativity and community.

In 1991, during the first Gulf War, I joined an ad hoc demonstration to protest at president Bush's visit to the Andover, Massachusetts, Raytheon plant. Bush choppered in for a photo op of himself congratulating the workers for making the Patriot missile, while secular and religious activists did their best to rain on his bellicose parade.

This was my first demonstration at Raytheon, but hardly my first protest. I participated in long campaigns against the Trident submarine, made by…