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Today in 1967: Joan Baez is Arrested for Protesting the Vietnam War

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Today in 1967: Joan Baez is Arrested for Protesting the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War sparked something in a new generation of free thinkers and free lovers. In 30 different cities across the country, people gathered in protest against the war raging in the southeast Asian country. A war they felt we had no right being in. Among many of the protesters arrested from coast to coast was folk musician, Joan Baez. Beaz, 26 at the time, was one of forty other people taken into custody at an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California. The “sit-in” protest was part of the “Stop the Draft Week.” Protesters sat in front of the doors of the buildings, forcing draftees to climb over them as they chanted and sang. Baez spent 11 days in jail for the protest; her charge was disturbing the peace.

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Ashley is a social media community manager and artist, living in Los Angeles, CA. With a degree in Mass Media Communications, Ashley likes to use videos, photos, and essays to connect people with what’s happening in the world.

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