I too was at the War is Over demonstration. I wrote about it in Win, but can't
find the issue.
I do remember that we used what we then called "mobile tactics" running uptown
in the middle of the street (probably Fifth Avenue and then Broadway or Seventh
towards Herald and Times Square. When the cops tried to stop us we'd merge with
the crowds on the sidewalk and then, when the opportunity presented itself, go
back into the street. We ran into stores along the route shouting the "war is
over." It ended with a picket at the induction booth on Times Square. I recall
(dimly) that this was the only place where there were arrests and a static
confontation. The idea was to give people a taste of what it would feel like,
how they would feel, if the war was indeed over. It was very high spirited;
Yippie at its most brilliant. Even the YAWF kids were smiling! I believe Allen
Ginsberg and Paul Krassner were involved in the planning. Stew: where was
Abbie at this event? I don't mention the demonstration in my biographyof him
and have no recollection of his presence. Could he have been in Chicago
negotiating with Mayor Daley's people? This was, I believe, the spring of 68
-- between the Yip-in at Grand Central and the Chicago actions.
Och's was very accessible at this time in his life. I recall a benefit he did
in Carnegie Hall for the Mobe or the Fifth Avenue Peace Parade Committee when
he sang "I Ain't Marchin'
Anymore." I think Joan Baez was on the bill, but it may have been another
benefit. She sang "Stop in the name of love" and brought down the house.
Country Joe also did a great benefit for The Resistance, on a bill with the
Fugs, at the Second Avenue theater, which was an old Yiddish theatre. Remember
It was great. Thirty years later I say, "thanks!"
Young people ought to know how accessible and part of the community these
Lots of free concerts, lots of support for the movement.
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