A friend from college days posted a flyer for the April 17 1965 March on Washington to end the war in Vietnam. What follows is the discussion that followed. Don't laugh too hard. Just try and imagine the nursing home discussions we'll be having in another ten or fifteen years.
Me: I don't think I was there - were we on vacation? My parents never would have let me go...At this point, I burst out laughing and decided I had to put this into a diary.
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HK, who posted the flyer: I'm pretty sure there was a busload from Brandeis to Washington. Gotta admit I get my DC demos mixed up, but this one I remember.
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Me: Or was that the time I was sitting in front of the White House in cold slush after promising my mother I wouldn't go? It probably is - I know I got there on a bus from Brandeis...
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KM: @Rachel - I remember sitting in front of the White House in cold slush hiding from the news cameras because I told my mother I wouldn't be there.
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Me: I also remember sharing hot coffee with the police. I was just talking about it with someone at the seder - that's where I learned I could do just fine without milk and sugar. You and I are clearly soul-sisters.
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NP: Rachel, I sat in front of the White House in slush and sleet and lobbied at the House of Representatives, but that was to get federal protection for civil rights demonstrators in Selma. Could that have been the same time?
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NP: I think that must have been in '64-'65.
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Me: NP, the Selma demonstration I remember was a sit-in at the Federal Building in Boston. I don't think there would have been time to organize a lobbying trip for that. That summer I remember lobbying for the Freedom Democratic Party.