A Times article (Sept. 8), "Nuclear Freeze Movement, With Eye on '86 Elections," mentioned that the movement was either dead or fading away. Quite the opposite is true.
The Southern California Freeze movement is once again swiftly organizing to capitalize on a political opportunity that will not occur again in this century. Twenty anti-freeze senators are up for reelection in 1986. Recognizing that only a net gain of four seats is necessary to elect a pro-freeze Senate, freeze supporters are wasting little time in furthering organizational efforts that will raise substantial funds to export to targeted Senate races throughout the United States.
The frustration and discouragement that has been experienced by the freeze movement that the article mentions is now having a turnaround. The activists, on whatever level, have always been here and waiting to act when they know that their efforts will make a difference. 1986 is the year for realistic optimism. We can elect a Senate that will support the nuclear weapons freeze; a Senate that will vote for the comprehensive test ban, stop funding the MX missile system and put a firm cap on spending for "Star Wars."
Marks is chair of the Southern California Freeze Voter.