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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Historical Perspective on Ending War



David McReynolds, retired staff member of the War Resisters League and former chair of War Resisters International, spoke June 20, 2015, in Eureka, California, about the launching of the restored nuclear protest vessel Golden Rule.

McReynolds makes several important points in this video - one being that early black civil rights struggles opened the door for other movements to step up.  Secondly he points out that the peace movement in the 1960-70's never spit on GI's but in fact embraced their return from Vietnam and their participation in the anti-war struggle.

I can attest to his point about GI's not being spit upon.  I was stationed at Travis AFB, California during the Vietnam war in 1971-72.  I walked through the San Francisco airport in my uniform several times.  I often visited San Francisco during those days and never witnessed the slightest bad treatment of GI's.  Our haircuts alone made us more than obvious.

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