Saturday, 11 April 2009

The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War

by Andrew E. Hunt

VVAW escaped from the imbroglio unharmed. With the inquiry fast approaching, funds continued to pour in from antiwar celebrities. Before the event, Jane Fonda organized a show, "Acting in Concert for Peace," which featured performances by Fonda, Donald Sutherland, and Dick Gregory, as well as the singers Barbara Dane, Graham Nash, David Crosby, and Phil Ochs. Two Detroit attorneys, Dean Robb and Ernest Goodman, rallied support from local lawyers. United Auto Workers Secretary-Treasurer Emil Mazey and Michigan's secretary of state, Richard Austin, endorsed the program. Protestant, Jewish, and Catholic clergy in Detroit arranged lodging for the witnesses. "[It] is important that the public realize that American atrocities in Vietnam are an everyday occurrence," announced one supporter, Dr. John B. Forsyth, director of missions for the Detroit Metropolitan Council of Churches.

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