Apr. 24, 1971: Anti-War Protests in D.C. and San Francisco

antiwar_protest_unitedwomenscontingentApr24antiwarOn Apr. 24, 1971, 500,000 people demonstrated against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. It was the largest-ever demonstration opposing U.S. war.


The week before the massive rally, Vietnam Veterans Against the War staged a week long series of demonstrations culminating in a protest at the U.S. Capitol where veterans threw back their service medals.

During the weeks following the April 24 protest, massive civil disobedience was conducted attempting to shut down the U.S. government during the People’s Coalition for Peace & Justice and Mayday demonstrations.

150,000 marched at a simultaneous rally in San Francisco.

Here is a 100-page teaching guide from the Zinn Education Project on the long history of Vietnam War, the anti-war movement, and whistleblowers.

Image sources: (left) Library of Congress; (right) unknown.

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  • I recall that I was a student at Georgetown University and served as a parade Marshall with an arm band.

    Response shared by James Hill — April 24, 2016 @ 8:16 am

  • I will never forget this march in D.C.; I was 10 years old, with my mom, dad, and sister, and I can still remember the doves of peace being released by Coretta Scott King over the hundreds of thousands of people there. It’s one of the most moving and inspiring political acts I’ve ever witnessed.

    Response shared by Trina Porte — July 13, 2016 @ 1:45 am

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