Vietnam and the Anti-war left



Sure I could put down more words down about the January 6th attack on the Capitol, but there's not much that needs to be said that hasn't been said by dozens of others. I would rather focus on the pet project I've been working on, which is reading and learning about strike zines


Lately I've been more focused on anti-war zines circulated during the Vietnam War. These Zines were published in the back of coffee houses (which you can read more about from David Parsons) specifically created to give the drafted GIs a place to get away from the Army and have open and frank discussions about the war, racism in the ranks, and how the military was doing everything in it's power to silence anyone speaking against the Vietnam war.


Many GIs ended up in stockades or sent to federal prison for refusing the draft, one notable case being Richard Chase who refused to attend Riot Control training. Even at home the troops were being used to enact violence on their fellow Americans and Chase was having none of it.


Several GI papers sprang up. Fatigue Press, Up Against the Bulkhead, Left Face to name just a few. All centered around the bases they distributed to so they could have a narrow focus on the GIs they directly spoke with. Whether this was by design or just a natural occurrence since it was being written by the GIs on various posts.


In an ongoing series, I'll be discussing news and reading selections from these zines. There will be an extra series coming up as well that centers around kids going on strike and the publications that came up around them. You can follow us on youtube to see these weekly updates