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Civil Rights Movement Documents
Vietnam War & Military Draft — 1965-1968

This section contains anti-war/draft documents from national organizations and southern civil rights organizations. See also:

Vietnam War, Imperialism, & Military Draft documents re local activites outside the South.
Articles by Freedom Movement Veterans Opposing the Vietnam War & Military Draft
Vietnam War and the Assembly of Unrepresented People introduction & background information.
Vietnam War & Civil Rights Movement for web links.


Opposition to the Vietnam War
Resistance to the Military Draft

Opposition to the Vietnam War

1963 Vietnam Student Peace Union (SPU) article. Unsigned. April 1964 (pages missing)
1964Mr. and Mrs. Voter open letter to the president. Unsigned Ad-Hoc Vietnam Peace Committee. Undated 1964 (probably summer or early fall)
1965Dear Friend (call for multi-organization discussions/workshops in DC), March 1965. Unsigned (possibly SNCC, SSOC, MFDP)
1965 An Outline History of Viet Nam. Unsigned Committe to End the War in Viet Nam (Madison WI). 3/30/65. 15 pages.
1965National Student March Against the War, SDS, Washington DC, April 1965

National gathering of students in Washington DC., Nancy Cooper, SNCC. April 8

Statement on Student March on Washington (SDS-organized march opposing the Vietnam War), Bayard Rustin, Norman Thomas and others, April 16

Memorandum (challenging Rustin-Thomas statement), Gardner Cox, Anne Farnsworth, Martin Peretz, April 27

Against the Vietnam War, speech by Paul Potter, SDS at mass protest in Washington DC. April 17

1965   McComb MFDP Statement Against the Vietnam War, July 1965
1965 MFDP and Viet Nam, Lawrence Guyot, MFDP. July 31 1965
1965Working draft of speech on Vietnam and U.S. imperialism, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated 1965
1965   Dr. King's Statement on Vietnam, August 1965.
1965Assembly or Unrepresented People, Washington DC, August 6-9

Letter to Lucy Montgomery re funds for Assembly of Unrepresented People (AUP), A.J. Muste, CNVA. 7/13/65. Anti-Vietnam War gathering.

We Declare Peace, Call for an Assembly of Unrepresented People (AUP). Washington DC August 6-9, 1965. Bob Parris, Eric Weinberger, many others. (Early mimeod version)

Call for an Assembly of Unrepresented People, Washington, DC, August 6-9. Bob Parris (Moses) SNCC, Eric Weinberger CORE. (Later printed version)

What's Wrong With the War in Vietnam? Donna Allen & Al Uhrie, distributed by SSOC

1965 Report to contributors, A.J. Muste & J. Barton Harrison, CCCO. Fall '65
1965 Draft speech about media failures to accurately report about the Vietnam War and U.S. foreign policy, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (apparently winter 1965)
1965 Letter to Alcia Kaplow re SNCC's position on Vietnam and the draft. Margaret, SNCC. 12/1/65.
1966 SNCC's First Public Statement on Vietnam, January 1966
1966 Statement of Julian Bond on being denied his seat in the Georgia Legislature, January 10 1966.
1966 Georgia Legislature Refuses to Seat Freedom Worker, (Julian Bond) re Vietnam War opposition. Unsigned, SNCC. January 11, 1966
1966 SNCC Does Not Speak for the Whole Movement, Roy Wilkins, NAACP. L.A. Times, January 17 1966
1966? The Enemy is Racism: Why Am I in Vietnam? Unsigned, undated, organization unknown.
65? 66? A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority, re Vietnam War and military draft. Unsigned. Undated (possibly 1966 or 1967).
65? 66? 67? The Legal 'Posture' of Resistance to American Intervention in Vietnam Unsigned. Undated (possibly 1965, '66 or '67)
66? 67? The Real Demands, Unsigned, Afro-Americans Against the War in Vietnam (AAAWV). Undated (possibly 1966 or '67)
66? 67? This Country Has Gone Mad, Donna Allen, Al Uhrie. Undated (possibly 1966 or 1967)
1966 Report on Results of Voters for Peace Poll, Karen Sue Dayno, VFP Chicago, IL. April 1966
1966 Proposed Vietnam War debate rules & procedures, L.T. Wylie Citizens Committee, April 15, 1966
1966 Letter & information challenging legality of and facts about Vietnam War, by L.T. Wyly. 4/28/66
1966 Dear Tom, letter from Laura Foner to Tom Canterbury re SNCC White Folks Project and anti-Vietnam War work. 7/21/66
1967Spring/National Mobilization Against the War in Vietnam.
New York City April — Washington DC, Pentagon, October

Mobilization internal documents (39 documents)

Mobilization organizing and education materials (25 documents)

Student Mobilization materials and documents (6 documents)

Mobilization newsletters (4 newsletters)

Mobilization press releases (2 releases)

Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Martin Luther King. Riverside Church speech, April 1967.

King-Powell-Malcolm on Vietnam, march flyer (NYC), Unsigned Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade Committee. April 15 1967

Address to Anti-War Marchers, Martin Luther King, April 1967.

1967Vietnam Summer

Vietnam Summer, draft call/proposal. Unsigned Vietnam Summer, Cambridge MA. 5/9/67

1967Vietnam, 20-page illustrated pamphlet by Julian Bond, SNCC. Drawings by T.G. Lewis
1967Documents: National Mobilization Against the Vietnam War. 1967. (22 documents)
1967Planning maps for Pentagon protest Bruce Hartford, National Mobilization. July-August 1967.
1968 You Cannot Have Wars Without Women, Betty Meredith, Frances Steadman, Jannette Rankin Brigade. January 8, 1968.

Resistance to the Military Draft

65? 66? Smash the Draft, April 26. Unsigned S.F. State Draft Resistance Union (SDS). Undated April 26, (possibly 1965 or 1966)
65? 66?SNCC: Rights Fight is Alternative to Draft, Unsigned, SNCC. Undated (possibly 1965 or 1966)
65? 66? A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority, re Vietnam War and military draft. Unsigned. Undated (possibly 1966 or 1967).
65? 66? 67? The Legal 'Posture' of Resistance to American Intervention in Vietnam Unsigned. Undated (possibly 1965, '66 or '67)
1966 Proposal for a national Black anti-draft program, unsigned SNCC. August 9 1966
1966 SNCC: Report on Draft Program and SNCC: Report on Court Proceedings, August 1966. (Anti-Vietnam War draft resistance in Atlanta.)
1966 Have You Ever Been One Day Late? Shutz Defense Committee (Flyer protesting Simuel Schutz prison sentence in military-draft case.)
1966? Uncle Sam Wants YOU Nigger! SNCC. Undated (probably 1966)
1966 National Anti-Draft Program, Michael Simmons & Larry Fox, SNCC. November 28 1966
1966 Dear Bros and Sisters (report on anti-draft tour), Michael Simmons & Larry Fox, SNCC. November 28 1966
1967 Seven SNCC Workers Indicted, Unsigned SNCC. March 7 1967
1967Documents: Draft Resistance National Mobilization Committee, Draft Resistance Project. 1967. (7 documents)
1967Let the Man Know Hell No We Won't Go, Washington DC rally flyer, Unsigned (probably Howard University student group). May 8 1967
1967 Black Men and the Draft, Cleveland Sellers, SNCC. June 8 1967
1967? Hey Brother Want to Die for Whitey in Vietnam? Unsigned Black Anti-Draft
1967Stop the Draft Week, October 1967. (16 documents)
1967The Days We Seized the Streets in Oakland, Stop the Draft Week, October 1967. The Movement newspaper. 11/67. 16 pages.
1967 Resist the War & the Draft, Defend Pvt. Ron Lockman, protest at S.F. Presidio. Unsigned. November 12, 1967
1968? For Us Women anti-war, anti-draft flyer. Gwen Patton, National Black Anti-War Anti-Draft Union. Undated (probably 1968)
Undated  Charlie Cobb's Draft Physical
Undated Preston King vs Draft Board Racism
Undated Roy Shields & the Draft Physical

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