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Rare Reunion of Vietnam Protesters Revives Antiwar Message

Friday, May 1, 2015 22:48
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Surviving members of the 1960s protest movement against the Vietnam War convened this weekend for what moderator Phil Donahue described as an “unprecedented” gathering of leaders seeking to share lessons learned applicable to today’s civic problems.

“There has never been a gathering like this,” said Donahue, a longtime top-rated television talk show host in helping open Vietnam: The Power of Protest at a church two short blocks from the White House in downtown Washington, DC. “We were going in too many different directions,” he continued, referencing the volatile era of protests nearly 50 years ago during the war and civil rights era. So, he continued, the group of several hundred was “together again, for the first time.”

As a bridge to current civic issues, Donahue introduced California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a Democrat from Oakland, was the only member of Congress who voted against the Iraq War in 2003 in the spirit of the late U.S. Senators Wayne Morse (D-Oregon) and Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska), who provided the sole votes in 1964 against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that paved the way for more than 500,000 U.S. troops to fight in Vietnam on the basis of what many historians now regard as a trumped-up claim that north Vietnamese had attacked U.S. fighters in the gulf.

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