About Us

Since 1980, the Nuclear Resister has provided comprehensive reporting on arrests for anti-nuclear civil resistance in the United States, with an emphasis on providing support for the women and men jailed for these actions. In 1990, we expanded our work to include reporting on anti-war arrests in North America, plus overseas anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance with the same emphasis on prisoner support.

Through the publication of a newsletter every three months, and other education and outreach, the Nuclear Resister serves to network this nonviolent resistance movement while acting as a clearinghouse for information about contemporary nonviolent resistance to war and the nuclear threat. We believe that in any significant movement for social change, many committed individuals are imprisoned. Behind bars, they are physically isolated from their supporters and their own resistance activity is limited. Broader awareness of their actions and support for the imprisoned activist are essential to the movement for a peaceful, nuclear-free future.

The Nuclear Resister provides the names and jail addresses of currently imprisoned anti-nuclear and anti-war activists. People are encouraged to provide active support by writing letters to those behind bars and in other ways requested by the prisoners.

Since 1980, Jack and Felice Cohen-Joppa have been co-coordinators of the Nuclear Resister and co-editors of the newsletter. Hundreds of people have helped over the years by distributing newsletters, helping staff a Nuclear Resister booth at various events, doing artwork and writing articles for the newsletter, helping at mailing parties, providing information about actions and legal updates, sending photos, helping with the website and blog, and writing letters of support to imprisoned activists.


Please send news, updates and donations! Send new action reports, updates, jail information, statements, graphics, photos and clippings about local actions.

Please inquire about multiple copies of the current newsletter for free distribution at conferences, actions, trials, peace fairs, workshops, etc. We can send a stack of newsletters for you to place on your group’s table. Or if you’d like to set up a table for the Nuclear Resister, we will provide materials for the table, including large note cards for imprisoned activists so people can write them messages of support.

Are there other ways you’d like to help? Contact us and let us know!


One year subscriptions are US$25 in the United States, US$30 to Canada, and US$35 overseas. All subscriptions are sent via First Class or Airmail.


The Nuclear Resister is available on microfilm as part of the Alternative Press Research Collection (1986-present) and the Alternative Press Center Supplement of the Underground Press Collection (1980-1985) offered by the UMI Division of ProQuest Company, 300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.