This traveling exhibit has now been rescheduled June – August, 2022 in the Veterans Gallery SF, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., Ste. 102. It’s time to set the record straight. During America’s War in Vietnam, tens of thousands of GIs & veterans created a robust movement in opposition to the war. Yet its history is largely unknown.
The Waging Peace In Vietnam exhibit & its companion book show how the GI movement unfolded, from the numerous anti-war coffeehouses springing up outside military bases, to the hundreds of GI newspapers giving an independent voice to active soldiers, to the stockade revolts & the strikes & near-mutinies on naval vessels & in the air force.
Pocast: Mike Wong—“All of a sudden, this all became very real”
“When I was in medic training, the My Lai Massacre hit the front pages. … All of us, including me, were devastated by it. We were utterly horrified by it. It left no doubt what we should believe about the war. Then with my lawyer, I went and turned myself in to the Presidio stockade, and refused orders to Vietnam” Read More…
Podcast: Paul Cox—“Vietnam Grunt To Underground GI Paper Publisher”
“There was a lot of guilt that I didn’t have the courage to stand up on the day that we killed those people,” explains Paul Cox. “But I decided I’m not gonna be quiet anymore. And I haven’t been quiet since…. Read More…
A BOOK With first-hand accounts, oral histories, underground newspapers, posters, flyers, and photographs. The book features fourteen original essays by leading scholars and activists. Edited by Ron Carver, David Cortright and Barbara Doherty, with an Afterword by Christian G. Appy. Publishing Date: September 10, 2019, by New Village Press and distributed by NYU Press.
“No one did more to bring an end to America’s cruel and unjust war in Vietnam than the patriotic GIs and veterans who turned against it. This extraordinary history of their struggle should inspire all of us who seek to end the ongoing and interrelated threats of war, nuclear doomsday, and environmental catastrophe.”
—Daniel Ellsberg, Author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
“The popular protest and resistance to the US war in Vietnam that developed, most dramatically and effectively, among the soldiers who refused to take part in a criminal war, played a leading role in revealing its horrors. This powerful record of their struggles and achievements is a most welcome contribution, with critical lessons for the future.”
—Noam Chomsky, Author of At War with Asia
“Waging Peace in Vietnam presents unassailable evidence of the power and reach of the anti-war movement among GIs and veterans during the American War in Vietnam. Its publication could not be more timely. In our age of endless wars, political repression, nuclear peril and environmental crisis, this history of individual moral courage and collective solidarity could serve as a primer for the resistance, a guide to the actions of ordinary citizens— soldiers, veterans and civilians—that decisively put an end to the war. This book will inform and hearten people of conscience and enliven our sense of what is possible.”
—Carolyn Forché, Author of What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance
Sponsored by San Francisco Veterans For Peace, Chapter 69