As war continues to be a clear and present danger to our democracy, we gather to reflect and renew our commitments.
Hundreds of us will come to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, a meeting place and staging area for the huge anti-war mobilizations of the late 60s and early 70s. Leaders and activists from the struggle to end the Vietnam War will join with young justice-fighters to reflect on the mass movement of 50 years ago and to deepen the links for the challenges we face today. The conference will include honoring the elders of our movement on Friday evening; a commemorative walk past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Saturday afternoon; plenaries, mini-plenaries, workshops and breakout groups for sharing analyses, lessons, remembrances and aspirations, and learning about the war’s continuing legacies; and songs, poetry, artwork and celebration. Let’s turn the experiences of yesterday into a call for action for today.
This effort began last fall in reaction to the Pentagon’s plans for their own commemoration, including extensive public outreach and a false and one-sided website history of the Vietnam War that excluded the peace movement. The New York Times reported our objections on its front page. While former presidents and Pentagon officials seek to obscure the memory of what we accomplished, we will keep pushing for an accurate history of both the Vietnam War and one of our country’s most important social movements. Join Tom Hayden, Ron Dellums, Luis Rodriguez, Cora Weiss, Rosalio Munoz, Gerald Horne, Holly Near, Dan Ellsberg, Julian Bond, Marge Tabankin, Peter Yarrow and many, many others on May 1-2. You will want to be at this historic gathering.