Berkeley Tribe, 1970—Out of the “vortex of slaughter” that is Vietnam has come the main organizing energy for the People’s Army Jamboree, which begins this Saturday in Portland. While Governor McCall claimed on TV Tuesday night that the whole thing was “spawned” by SDS people bent on violence, this plainly is not the case.
GI’s in coalition with a broad spectrum of the Left in the Northwest are planning the five-day event, calling for disciplined, non-violent marches to coincide with the American Legion’s “Victory in Vietnam” parade. The Jamboree is being called at the same time as the American Legion holds its convention in Portland, and Richard Nixon may put in an appearance. The Governor says “federal intelligence” estimates that 50,000 young people will show up for the Jamboree, significantly outnumbering the Legionnaires.
Publicity for the Jamboree has gone out all over the nation, and indications are that the combined attraction of the Jamboree, Sky River Rock Festival, as well as a pig-endorsed rock concert this weekend will draw many times that number to the area.