GI TEACH-IN FLYER. Vietnam War.
GI TEACH-IN FLYER

GI TEACH-IN FLYER

A single-sided flyer for a GI Teach-In held Saturday, August 10, [1968] at Provo Park in Berkeley, California. The flyer features a black and white photographic image of a weary soldier leaning against a tree and smoking a cigarette with the caption: Bring Him Home.

The program for the event advertised G.I. speakers, Vietnam veterans, an open mic, and bands. The flyer states: “During the April 27th Mobilization Against the War, servicemen from bases throughout the Bay Area participated in the antiwar actions. This was the first time that active G.I.’s joined with students to protest the war. We must involve these GIs, we must encourage their opposition; they are being sent to kill and be killed in a senseless war.”

The event was hosted by the Student Mobilization Committee, which was formed in 1966 to coordinate opposition to U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam among college and high school students. Originally named The Vietnam Day Committee, the SMC organized protests on campuses and in various cities, and was one of the first groups that included both soldiers and civilians.

Coverage of the GI Teach-In appeared in the Berkeley Barb, Volume 7, Issue 7, August 16-22, 1968: "’I’ve learned two things in Vietnam,’ said the veteran, ‘war is hell and the Army sucks.’ That was the basic theme of the GI teach-in held last Saturday in Berkeley’s Provo Park. The mike was open only to soldiers or ex-soldiers, and it had a constant flow of users from the audience. After opening speeches by Don Duncan and some newer faces, including Ron Alexander (ex-special Forces), Dennis Steele (ex-101st Airborne), and Airman First Class Michael Locks, the mike was thrown open. It remained occupied for several hours…Speakers reported that in Vietnam the mood of the soldiers has changed drastically from the early days. Now NCO’s and below can denounce the war policy in front of an officer who will, at the most, turn and leave. All of the speakers agreed that it was of prime importance to give soldiers some indications of support in their antiwar views, both on base and off…”

This scarce piece is photomechanically reproduced on a 11” x 8 ½” sheet of white paper, which is a bit toned with a one-inch closed tear along the right edge; otherwise very good. Item #73830

Price: $100.00

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