Peace Movement Vietnam The Power of Protest 2015
City Project Board Member Tom Hayden has spent fifty years practicing activism, politics, and writing,
beginning as a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society, freedom rider in the deep South, and prominent Vietnam War opponent. He was arrested for protesting at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, becoming one of the “Chicago Seven” defendants who were convicted for conspiracy to incite violence but later had their convictions overturned. He was the principal author of the seminal 1962 SDS manifesto, “The Port Huron Statement,” and has gone on to write twenty books, including the just released Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters.

Speakers included people from the peace movement who shaped my life and work. David Harris, who was Stanford student body president and helped found the Resistance, did 20 months in federal prison for refusing to be drafted during the Vietnam war.

I was an organizer for David Harris after college and before and during law school at Stanford when David ran for Congress. I met Tom Hayden, who’s on the City Project Board, at David’s in 1976 when Tom was running for US Senate. I talked to former Congressman Ron Dellums at the conference. I was one of 13 people who voted for Dellums for vice president on the floor of the 1976 Democratic National Convention when I was a delegate for Jerry Brown. I cut classes in high school to see Jerry Rubin speak against the war at Cal State Northridge and read his book Do It!. I wrote my senior paper in high school history on Abbie Hoffman’s Revolution for the Hell of It! and the Yippies.

Robert García

Visit www.lessonsofvietnam.com

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