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.
Wilfred Burchett’s first article on the Tet Offensive. Guardian, 1968.
The almost simultaneous attack against 70 South Vietnamese cities including 35 of 40 provincial capitals by the National Liberation Front (NLF) is a feat unprecedented in military history.
Major inflection point of the war in Vietnam. The guile to attack during the Lunar New Year celebrations gutted enemy morale; the complexity and scale of the campaign eroded all faith in any possibility of the imminent victory then being promised by Johnson’s administration; and the boldness of the whole thing transformed stateside perceptions of the Vietnamese resistance—from victims to warriors–and helped to pull the movement out of its own defensive position.
There comes a time when silence is betrayal. And I have watched that war in Vietnam and I came to see that I can no longer be silent about it. Our nation is committing a grave crime. I’m convinced that if we, the people of good will, don’t unite and keep the pressure on and demand an end to that war, the curtain of doom may well come down. And American civilization, the soul of our nation, is being lost.
in the south, women are hit hardest by the military effort of the u.s. the deformity rate of new-born children because of the use of defoliants and herbicides is expected to be six times greater than deformities caused by the atomic bombs dropped on hiroshima-nagasaki. women are raped by the saigon soldiers, and often sexually tortured in prisons. the disruption of rural life, because of bombings and razing of villages, has driven women into the cities. 40,000 of them have been forced into prostitution.
and yet thousands of them have chosen to fight against the u.s., taking direct part in the political and military effort. they have become known as the “long-haired army.”
“Yankee Go Home!" Guardian (1968)
…protesters from Okinawa and Japan met on the sea at the 27th parallel. Passage between Okinawa and mainland Japan is only possible with a “passport” granted by U.S. authorities. About 1,500 people on 20 boats flying red flags met at the parallel, the artificial dividing line between Okinawa and the mainland.