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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:11 PM
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How many DUers where there on May Day 1971? I was one of the 500,000.
Remember the last massive Vietnam anti-war demonstration in Washington? The 37th anniversary is coming up next week.

I was a US Army draftee stationed in DC, and the Major threatened us with all kinds of shit if anyone participated. Several of us said "fuck it" and went anyway. I had never seen that many people in one place in my life. Anyway, tell me your stories. Were any of you among those arrested early Sunday morning?
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mrreowwr_kittty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:19 PM
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1. I might have been there. I was definitely in the city.
I was 2 and a half at the time :P
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:20 PM
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2. I was on the corner of Woodward and Fort in downtown Detroit.
God bless you for being there. I was 19 and in downtown Detroit, and it was one hell of a big demonstration there that day, too. Not Washington, but it was heartfelt.
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glowing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:20 PM
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3. I was perhaps a pre-conceived notion at that time.. I was born in 1979..
Just in time for the great Reagan years.. Lucky me. Along with it DARE program, bad hair, makeup, clothes, and AIDS.
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:21 PM
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4. I was in college
but on a very quiet campus.
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GainesT1958 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:22 PM
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5. An older sister of one of my sixth grade classmates...
Was among those arrested--and herded into RFK Stadium. Too young to have gone myself, but I still remember it. Were you sent to RFK? I recall THAT almost caused a far worse crowd-control problem than any of the marches ever did. Typical over-reaction by Nixon, though in retrospect, I guess we could expect such a thing from the SECOND-biggest crook and liar ever to occupy the Oval Office! :eyes:
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:51 PM
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10. No, I wasn't arrested.
I left late Sunday afternoon before all that shit happened. Had to report back to the Army at 6:00 AM Monday morning.
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Misskittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:29 PM
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6. Do you mean May Day 1970???
It was about the Cambodia invasion. Kent State took place around that time.

I was at George Washington University. We "hosted" the demonstration to some degree (i.e., housed thousands of students and the campus pretty much closed down). We had our own semi-violent confrontation with the DC police.
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:53 PM
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11. No, it was May Day weekend of 1971. I was a civilian living in Georgia in 1970.
The 1971 demonstrations came in late-April and early-May. It was that week that John Kerry testified before Congress.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:29 PM
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7. I was there on the mall


That's me on the left with my back to the camera, my friend is looking in my direction
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:32 PM
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8. I was playing with the toys I got the day before. -nt
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swag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:33 PM
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9. I lived in Alexandria, VA at the time. I was 10.
My dad was in the military, so no way we were going, though my best friend and fourth-grade girlfriend went.

Best to you.
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 09:54 PM
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12. I was 21 and a student at the UO in Eugene. As I recall, the ROTC building on
Alder was burning to the ground and I took a tear gas canister to the left side of my face.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 10:05 PM
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13. I was 3 years old....
...and somewhere around then, my mother tells me I went to a peace rally.

I don't remember it.
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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 10:35 PM
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14. I got arrested in Madison
Edited on Thu Apr-24-08 10:35 PM by postulater
They said I was throwing missiles (rocks) at passing cop cars. I wasn't.

I had just gotten out of class and was soaking the sun on Bascom Hill. The class was Philosophy of NonViolence.

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kdmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 10:40 PM
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15. Unfortunately,
I had just turned 2 years old. I doubt I knew what Vietnam was...or protests or anything else.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-24-08 11:45 PM
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16. Was there one in 1970, too?
I was in a huge march in San Francisco simultaneous with one in DC, but I don't remember which year it was. I think it must have been 1970 because I was still living in the City. Whenever it was, it was an amazing event ... the largest number of people I had seen in one place, too. I remember all along the route, from downtown all the way out to Golden Gate Park, people were waving to us from their windows, giving us food and drinks. Cesar Chavez and Leonard Nimoy spoke, among others. The Youngbloods, CS&N, Jefferson Airplane played. It was great.

Last October I marched in San Francisco again and was joined by my dear old friend with whom I marched in 1970. It's kind of a bittersweet experience now ... it's wonderful to share the fellowship again, but sad that it's under the same circumstances -- another stupid war. Deja vu all over again.
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Ani Yun Wiya Donating Member (639 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-25-08 02:06 AM
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17. Not arrested, but it was quite close...I was fleeter of foot.
That was the third "large" crowd I had been in.
(After Woodstock and Altamont)

I was in "dress greens", just out of jump school and well involved with seriously protesting.
Which is why I think a particular gaggle of coppers were right miffed when they failed to bag me.

I guess in their eyes national symbols and fire don't mix...
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