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Resistance to the Vietnam War – The history the Pentagon does not want you to know or remember

March 28, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

People’s History of the Vietnam War Teach-In

Resistance to the Vietnam War

The history the Pentagon does not want you to know or remember on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 teach-ins on the Vietnam War

featuring Noam ChomskyLouise BruynCarl Davidson and other resisters

Registration fee: $5 in advance, $10 at the door.  Register here:

Voices from the Movement to End the Vietnam War – Speaking out Then and Now

A People’s History – covering Draft Resistance, Resistance within the Military, a Vietnamese Perspective, SDS, Agent Orange, Vietnam today, building a movement, persevering and working for peace, justice and social change

10 AM Panels/Discussions in 32-141 

History of the Vietnam War – Four Perspectives

Paul Shannon is a staff member of the American Friends Service Committee and helps coordinate the Budget for All project. During the war he participated in numerous anti-war mobilizations including the Daily Death Toll project, the Committee to Free Saigon’s political prisoners, the Indochina Peace Campaign, and the peoples Blockade Committee. For 20 years he was the Editor of the Indochina Newsletter.

Carl Davidson was twice elected to SDS national leadership–as Vice-President in 1966-67 and as National Inter-Organizational Secretary in 1967-68. After that, he worked at the Guardian as a staff writer, news editors, and the paper’s representative to several national antiwar coalitions. More recently, he was a steering committee member on United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ) and local peace groups in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He is a national co-chair of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and a member of USW Local 3657.

Louise Bruyn, author, She Walked For All Of Us.  “Someone ought to walk to Washington to tell the government to stop to stop this war!” Louise Bruyn did just that in 1971.  She walked from Newton, Massachusetts to the Capitol in Washington, where then-Senator Edward Kennedy and then-Rep. Father Robert Drinan met her on the steps.  Forty years later, she published a book based on her diary. 

Nguyen Ba Chung, Staff member of the William Joiner Institute at UMass, Boston.

Wayne Smith, Vietnam Veteran who since 1976 has played a leading role in efforts for normalization of relations with Vietnam, justice for veterans, and peace.

Pat Hynes, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Western Mass, is a retired environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health who worked on multi-racial and low-income issues of the urban environment (including lead poisoning, asthma and the indoor environment, safe housing, community gardens and urban agriculture); environmental justice; and feminism at Boston University School of Public Health.  She recently conducted an investigation of the ongoing legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam and has created the Vietnam Peace Village Project to support scholarships for 3rd and 4th generation Agent Orange victims.

Poems with Doug Rawlings from Veterans For Peace (VFP poet of the year!)  

Lunch Break – 12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch places are nearby, a list is posted below and available at the event or you can bring your own, food is not provided by the organizers!

Lunch within a 10-minute walk Open Saturdays  Near Kendall T

Clover on 5 Cambridge Center – Main Street (sandwiches)

Au Bon Pain, 238 Main Street (coffee/muffins/sandwiches)

Cosi, 290 Main Street (sandwiches)

Food Court at 3 Cambridge Center, behind T and MIT Coop (Various food court type places)

Royal East, 792 Main St. (Chinese)

Bertuccis, 799 Main (Pizza)

Desi Dhaba, 401 Mass. Ave. (Indian)

2:30 PM  Panel on Resistance to the Vietnam War in 32-123

Professor Noam Chomsky, MIT.  Noam Chomsky is one of the foremost public dissidents in the U.S. and has been for more than 50 years.  His books and articles criticizing U.S. policies are read around the world.  

John Bach – draft resistance.  In 1967 John Bach dropped out of college to lose his student deferment which he considered racist and classist.  He spent three years in federal prison which he views as three of the freest years of his life.  A very committed Quaker, he has tried to be faithful to that trajectory ever since.  

Susan Schnall – resistance within the military.  Susan Schnall was an active duty Navy nurse during the American conflict in Vietnam.  In 1969 she was tried and found guilty by general court martial for:  conduct unbecoming an officer for dropping anti war flyers over military bases in the San Francisco Bay area and wearing her uniform in the GI and Veterans March for Peace demonstration in San Francisco.  She has been active in the Medical Committee for Human Rights, Medical Aid for Indochina and the GI coffeehouses of the 1960s.  Susan Schnall is a member of the core of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, Veterans for Peace and Vietnam Veterans Against the War. 

Judy Norsigian – linking in the Women’s Movement of the era.  Judy Norsigian is a co-founder of Our Bodies Ourselves – the book that revolutionized women’s health care. She is an internationally renowned speaker and author on a range of women’s health concerns, her areas of focus include women and health care reform, abortion and contraception, childbirth (especially the role of midwifery), genetics and reproductive technologies, and drug and device safety.  

Anti war music of the time with Chris Nauman, a long time peace activist who lately has been leading standing room only Pete Seeger singalongs! 

Link to Resistance Documents of/about  the   

Registration fee: $5 in advance, $10 at the door.  Register here:

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace

Hosted by MIT Technology and Culture Forum

Supported by Survival Education Fund and Arlington UJP


March 28, 2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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