Draft Cards Burning, Sit ins, Stop the Draft Week December 1967
Public Draft Card Burning, Anti war movement images from Stop the Draft Week December 1967
The anti war movement images from Stop the Draft December, 1967 at the Oakland Army Induction Center on Clay Street in downtown Oakland, California show the same actions that happened in October, 1967, just two months earlier. There was civil disobedience. Protesters blocked the doorway of the Center and were arrested. This time, protesters also sat down in front of the buses full of draftees. Draft eligible protesters publicly burned their draft cards in an open show of defiance against the draft and the laws that made it illegal to burn your draft card. Noticeably different in these photos is moderation of the police response. The streets were not cleared of protesters. Police did not stand with billy clubs at the ready. In the end, the draftees went into the center and the war machine continued.
Richards photographed the protests against nuclear testing and for nuclear disarmament in 1958. He went to Nevada when Women for Peace picketed the Nuclear Test Site there. He documented the Everyman, a boat built to sail into the nuclear testing zones in the Pacific. He filmed the Hands Off Cuba demonstrations, the anti-HUAC demonstrations and the early anti-Vietnam war protests by groups such as the Committee for Non-Violent Action (CNVA). When the war escalated, the peace marches swelled in size. Richards photographed anti-napalm demonstrations, the Vietnam Day Committee march from Berkeley to Oakland in 1965, the Spring, 1967 Peace Mobilization, and the ever larger marches in San Francisco in the years that followed. He took special care to document the increasing role of active duty soldiers and Vietnam veterans protesting the war. His images show the powerful upsurge against the war that helped end the Vietnam war early. It is a powerful legacy for peace-minded people still confronting the forces of endless war now in power in the USA.