No Greater Cause Video by Harvey Richards

1968, 19 min., black/white

GI’s March in Vietnam War Protest

No Greater Cause chronicles the apex of the anti-Vietnam war movement in the San Francisco Bay Area. The video includes shots of the massive confrontations between police and anti-draft protestors in l967; the giant march and rally against the war at Kezar Stadium in April l967; and the GI for Peace marches of 1968.

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On October 12, 1968, GI’s for Peace organized and led a San Francisco march to end the war in Vietnam. Vietnam veteran Donald Duncan told demonstrators, “Protestors are the best friends the soldiers in Vietnam have.”  Harvey photographed this march led by active duty soldiers in uniform in full defiance of U.S. Army orders not to do that.  See my blog post video about this march.  

Soldiers and Veterans in No Greater Cause

The march reflected the increased numbers of soldiers rebelling against the war. During 1968, there were 155,536 individuals who were Away Without Leave (AWOL) from the  U.S. Army.  Of those 53,357 were designated desertions.  On October 14, 1968, two days after the march, 27 prisoners in the Presidio brig staged a sit down protest over conditions there.  Newspaper headlines read “Mutiny in the Presidio”.  The sit down protesters sang “We Shall Overcome” and were charged with desertion with a possible death penalty.  One of the Presidio 27 remembered the events here.   No Greater Cause presents the speeches of the GI’s at the march and rally at the Civic Center in San Francisco, CA.

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