Category Archives: Pacifist

Merging of Messages, Proliferation of Protest (May 2, 1968)

“I remember a year ago, when the march began in the Sheep Meadow, and the people walked through the midtown streets until they came to the plaza of the United Nations to hear the man they now mourn repeat as … Continue reading

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Thích Trí Quang

“Thích Trí Quang (21 December 1923 – 8 November 2019) was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhist monk best known for his role in leading South Vietnam‘s Buddhist population during the Buddhist crisis in 1963, and in later Buddhist protests against subsequent … Continue reading

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Ram Dass (1931 – 2019)

Ram Dass speaking at the Alternative Media Conference at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., in 1970. “Baba Ram Dass, who epitomized the 1960s of legend by popularizing psychedelic drugs with Timothy Leary, a fellow Harvard academic, before finding spiritual inspiration … Continue reading

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Training Teenagers for Guerrilla Warfare in the Wealthy Suburbs? Welcome to 1969

Stephen Kling using a toy gun and a water balloon “grenade” while teaching guerrilla war tactics to students from Scarsdale High School. The girl in pigtails played a “peasant,” as the original caption put it. Aug. 14, 1969. “In the … Continue reading

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Hells Angels vs. Allen Ginsberg: The unlikely Vietnam War-era confrontation

“It would be an understatement to say the Hells Angels and Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg had differing world views. In the Vietnam War era, those views came into conflict in the Bay Area. A recent trip to The Chronicle’s … Continue reading

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Daniel Berrigan, My Dangerous Friend

“I was a twenty-two-year-old seminarian in 1965, struggling to imagine myself in what already seemed the impossible life of the Catholic priest, when I came upon the writing of Daniel Berrigan, a Jesuit poet. Berrigan, who died on Saturday at … Continue reading

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Letter from Birmingham Jail – Martin Luther King Jr. (April 16, 1963)

“The Letter from Birmingham Jail, also known as the Letter from Birmingham City Jail and The Negro Is Your Brother, is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by Martin Luther King Jr. The letter defends the strategy of … Continue reading

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