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Peace Marchers Turned Away by Lack of Insurance

March 4, 1986

CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) _ More than 1,000 anti-nuclear activists taking part in a coast-to-coast march were turned away from a school campsite Monday, the third day of their trek, because they lacked liability insurance.

The participants in the Great Peace March planned to spend Monday night on Claremont High School’s athletic field. Instead, they stayed in private homes and about 10 area churches, said Bobbi Cowan, a spokeswoman for PRO-Peace, which is organizing the 3,235-mile march.

The City of Claremont and the Claremont Unified School District approved use of the Claremont High athletic field last week, but PRO-Peace didn’t have the $5 million in liability insurance required by the district, said district business manager Ron Fortson.

The march has covered about 30 miles since its beginning at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It is to end in Washington, D.C., in November.

Some 200 unauthorized marchers have joined the group, pushing the number of participants to 1,400, Ms. Cowan said.

″They’re trying to pare down the march and send these people home,″ she said. ″They want to pick up more marchers but this is a little early in the game and they don’t have their insurance and financing taken care of.″

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