The event will involve a panel of Vietnam war resisters who stood up to the United States government and fought to end the war. The acclaimed documentary film The Boys Who Said NO! will illustrate the anti-war movement and the depth of deception the United States government propagated.
The Office of Alumni and Family Engagement and Annual Giving partners with Intercollegiate Media Studies to host a panel of activists and screen the powerful documentary film directed by Oscar-nominated Judith Ehrlichuses.Through interviews and found footage from the 20th Century People’s Movement (1961-1974), the documentary tells the inspiring story and impact of the anti-Vietnam War draft resistance movement. The Boys Who Said NO! depicts the men and women who personally and collectively used nonviolent resistance, risking arrest and imprisonment for up to 5 years, and opposed the military draft to end both conscription and the Vietnam War. Additionally, this film explores the influence of Gandhian nonviolence and the impact of the civil rights movement on resistance members. It also highlights the prosecution and trials of war resisters.
The event will feature guest speakers Pitzer College alumna Sara Wood Smith and Bob Zaugh, Board President at Peace Press and former member of The Los Angeles Resistance, a group of men and women who refused to cooperate with the draft and war in Vietnam.
Sara Wood Smith ’66 is a community activist and a volunteer/advisor for the documentary. Sara will share her experience as a Pitzer student in the 60s during the height of the anti-war and civil rights movement. Sarah’s involvement in the documentary demonstrates the legacy of social justice values activated in her at Pitzer.
During the 60s, Bob Zaugh left UCLA grad school, turned in his draft cards, refused to take a physical, and refused induction. After arrest, Zaugh defended himself in Federal Court. Zaugh led the Peace Press for more than twenty years. He is now involved in reentry work for the Amnesty International case for Gary Tyler, an African-American man incarcerated at 17 years of age at the Louisiana State Prison in Angola. He is the youngest person to be placed on death row.
The event will begin with a reception with appetizers catered by Bon Appetit.