I love that I was born in 1969. Some people make jokes ( I don’t think I have to spell it out) and some smile and tell me that they were at Woodstock. Oh how I wish I could have been there, but I was still being made. Even though I was not there physically, I can still read about what happened during that year in history. Hippie girl at heart and will always be…..me! So, here we go, back in time-a look at peace, love and NO MORE WAR! In the words of John Lennon: “Peace and love are eternal.”
January 2nd- People’s Democracy begins a march from Belfast to Derry, Northern Ireland in support of civil rights.
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the First Amendment applies to public schools
- A grassroots movement of Berkeley community members seizes an empty lot owned by the University of California to begin the formation of “People’s Park“.
- The Cuyahoga River fire helps spur an avalanche of water pollution control activities resulting in the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Vietnam War: The very first U.S. troop withdrawals are made.
- August 4 – Vietnam War: At the apartment of French intermediary Jean Sainteny in Paris, U.S. representative Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese representative Xuan Thuy begin secret peace negotiations. They eventually fail since both sides cannot agree to any terms.
- August 15th-August 18th- The Woodstock Festival is held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.
The biggest demonstration in Boston’s history brought the Vietnam Moratorium Day activities to Boston common in 1969 as an estimated 100,000 persons shouted in cadence that they wanted the Vietnam War ended “Now!”
The Moratorium to end the War in Vietnam on October 15, 1969, was a huge gathering of antiwar protesters across the United States. Boston had the largest turnout in the country with an estimated 100,000 people assembled at the Boston Common. This was the largest demonstration in Boston’s history. The peace rallies put the antiwar movement in the national spotlight and in the thoughts of mainstream America. Although it made a bold statement, their message was not heard, as the war continued on for several years. ~Leanne Burden and Lisa Tuite
The Altamont Free Concert is held at the Altamont Speedway in northern California. Hosted by the Rolling Stones, it is an attempt at a “Woodstock West” and is best known for the uproar of violence that occurred. It is viewed by many as the “end of the sixties.”
This concludes this preview of A Sign of the Times. For some, it may have brought back some good and bad memories. This post was just for informational purposes and to bring into reality that there is still WAR and VIOLENCE in today’s world. I wish I could just close my eyes and go back to my birth and start over. It would be great to have been able to meet John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Not to mention that I would have been one of the people who got arrested for protesting for my rights!
Giving Peace a Chance,
Love and Peace to all