Photo by Stephen Shames, Guardian (1968)
Chicago’s crumbling, 60-year-old Coliseum was the site of Monday’s Mobilization-sponsored "unbirthday party" for LBJ, who turned 60 the day before. Organizers of the not-very-solemn occasion said it was designed as a “tribute to Mr. Johnson’s historic career, all the way from the first election he stole in Texas to the new anti-personnel weapons his administration has developed for use in Vietnam and the ghettos.” Joining in the theatrics were such notables as poet Allen Ginsberg, Dick Gregory, singer Phil Ochs and French playwright Jean Genet.
On the eve of the 1968 DNC in Chicago The Ramparts Wall Poster reports on the revolt at Fort Hood.
More than 160 black soldiers from Fort Hood have refused to take part in riot control operations in Chicago.
The rebellion—the largest in recent U.S. military history—began Friday night at the Texas base. Approximately 100 black GIs from the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Brigade, First Armored Division, staged a sitdown demonstration to protest their orders to fly to Chicago the next day. At. 3 a.m. yesterday the Division Commander, Major General Bowles, ordered them to disperse. He was met with cries of “Fuck you!” from the men.