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Bruce Dancis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452420

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.001.0001

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Draft Cards Are for Burning

Draft Cards Are for Burning

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(p.86) Chapter Six Draft Cards Are for Burning
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Resister
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Bruce Dancis

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452420.003.0007

The author recounts the mass draft card burning that he organized in New York City in 1967. In early February 1967, the author contacted the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) about defending him in case he was arrested. The NYCLU then put him in contact with Faith Seidenberg, a liberal, feminist attorney from Syracuse. The author first talks about the support he and his fellow draft resisters were receiving from the antiwar movement as well as their dispute with the Cornell University administration and some Cornell students who opposed their actions. He also discusses the problems encountered by the draft resisters prior to the mobilization for the draft card burning, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s refusal to be associated with the plan; his indictment for tearing up his draft card and arraignment in the U.S. District Court in Syracuse on April 10, 1967; and the burning of draft cards in Central Park on April 15, 1967. Finally, he reflects on the spread of the draft resistance movement following the draft card burning.

Keywords:   draft card burning, New York City, New York Civil Liberties Union, Faith Seidenberg, antiwar movement, Cornell University, Martin Luther King Jr., darft resistance movement, arraignment, Central Park

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