Stop the Draft, October, 1967

 Stop the Draft Protests, Oakland Army Induction Center, October 1967.

Octoer, 1967, Oakland, CA, Stop the Draft.

Octoer, 1967, Oakland, CA, Stop the Draft.

The peace movement tried to stop the draft with non-violent civil disobedience in Oakland, Caifornia, in October and again in December, 1967.  The day began with blocking the entrance to the Oakland Army Induction Center.  Sit-in participants included Joan Baez, whose arrest Harvey recorded in the film No Greater Cause. This YouTube clip from the film shows her getting into the paddy wagon.  Once the doorway was cleared and police lined the streets, the first buses full of draftees arrived and went into the draft center.  After this, more police arrived and the sidewalks were entirely cleared of protesters.  A second wave of buses then arrived surrounded by huge numbers of police and more draftees entered the building.  It was an unprecedented display of public opposition to the war in Vietnam and to the draft itself.  It would be followed two months later with another attempt to stop the draft and more mass arrests.  And it was the beginning of an upsurge of rebellion and resistance by the GI’s themselves who provided leadership for the peace movement from then on.

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Stop the Draft, October, 1967 — 4 Comments

  1. hey paul, i remember being there wt my wife early early in the morning. i think we stood in a parking lot structure across the street. i was in law school and sure didnt want to get arrested.

  2. I was there that week. I remember dancing with Joan Baez that morning before the cops showed up in mass. Joan was arrested, but towards the end when people were sitting in the street to block the buses, there came a time when no one else was going out there to sit. I decided to sit in the street. I was all by myself and, I believe, the last one arrested.
    Rick Ryan

  3. Well it seemed like a good idea at the time, but now we have war ad infinitum, no one protests, they are all volunteers. And we have still won no war since the draft ended. Nixon was brilliant in siding with the ‘end the draft’ movement, now the Generals control our wars, the final capitulation being President Trump’s ceding control of troop levels to the Pentagon last week

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