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  •  Didn't the DC march with 1 MIL happen (0+ / 0-)
    after Kent State?

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 04:07:02 PM PDT

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    •  the one year anniversary demonstration? (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know exactly which DC march you're remembering and I certainly don't mean to say that there weren't demonstrations following Kent. There were. On the one year anniversary, there was a huge demonstration in DC and thousands of people were arrested and held in a stadium for a day or so before they were finally released with no charges filed. (Years later, they won a class action suit and each got something like $100 for their detention.)

      I am just trying to make the point that, despite the impression many have that Kent State turned up the level of demonstrations, it really didn't. It had the desired effect of making a lot of students afraid to turn out in the streets. But, by then, nothing was going to totally stop the demonstrations.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 04:18:09 PM PDT

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    •  If you're talking about the... (0+ / 0-)

      ...second Moratorium Day March (Organizers' estimate 1 Million, police estimate 250,000, actual truth probably somewhere in between), that was November 15, 1969.  It was considered the largest demonstration in Washington for decades.  I'm not sure if the recent march surpassed it.

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both - Louis Brandeis

      by dsteffen on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 04:26:39 PM PDT

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      •  I don't remember (0+ / 0-)

        what the numbers were supposed to be at the first anniversary march in May 1971. I believe that's about the same time that the vets marched and threw their medals over the wall, etc. But don't quote me on that because I get a lot of those dates confused.

        My husband and I went to DC last September for that march and it was the first time he'd been there since that November 1969 march. He wore a button from the 1969 march and said he thought the two crowds were similar, for what that's worth.

        We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

        by kainah on Sun Apr 30, 2006 at 04:30:29 PM PDT

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