Civilian Support for GI Resistance

GIs for Peace and the Antiwar Movement

Join us for two programs that explore the support of the wider antiwar movement for active-duty service members who opposed the Vietnam War.

Films of the GI Antiwar Resistance

Wednesday, November 29, 8 p.m., EST

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A panel of filmmakers discussing their role in producing films on the scale and impact of the GI movement, the role of artists in supporting antiwar soldiers, and honoring helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson who tried to halt the killing and rescue civilians in the midst of the My Lai massacre.

• Paul Lauter, moderator, former President American Studies Association

Jane Fonda, producer/performer of FTA (1972)

Holly Near, musical artist and performer for FTA

David Zeiger, director of Sir! No Sir! (2005)

Connie Field, director of The Whistleblower of My Lai (2018)

Please watch the films before the November 29 program. 

FTA and Sir! No Sir! are available on Netflix. The Whistleblower of My Lai is available on Vimeo. 

For on-line rental and purchase:

FTA   click here

Sir! No Sir!   click here

The Whistleblower of My Lai  click here


“Thank You for Your Service (for Peace)”

Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. EST

For the youtube video of the webinar click here  

Please share it as widely as possible.  

This program offers a different twist to Armistice Day commemorations by recalling the tens of thousands of service members who opposed war and militarism during the Vietnam War and the civilians who helped them.

•  John McAuliff, moderator, Coordinator Vietnam Peace Commemoration Committee; Executive Director, Fund for Reconciliation and Development

•  J.J. Johnson, a member of the Ft. Hood Three who refused orders for Vietnam in 1966 in one of the earliest acts of collective GI resistance to the war

•  Susan Schnall, Navy nurse who was court-martialed for helping to organize an antiwar march of soldiers and civilians in San Francisco in 1968, currently President of Veterans Fo Peace

•  John Kent, a former Navy fighter pilot who turned in his wings rather than fly combat missions in Vietnam and helped to organize the Concerned Officers Movement

• Kathy Gilberd, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force, a specialist on GI rights who was active in the antiwar movement and helped to provide legal aid for GI organizing

•  Paul Lauter, former Chicago Region Peace Education Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee and executive director of the U.S. Servicemen’s Fund, which provided support for GI coffeehouses, underground newspapers, and organizing projects


David Cortright enlisted in the Army in 1968. After experiencing a crisis of conscience, he organized against the Vietnam War at Ft. Wadsworth, New York, and Ft. Bliss, Texas. While on active duty he filed a federal lawsuit against the Army, Cortright v Resor, to defend GI rights to dissent against unjust war. He was an active member of GIs for Peace at Ft. Bliss and wrote for its paper, The Gigline. He is the author of Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance Agaainst the Vietnam War (2d edition, Haymarket, 2005).  His latest book  is A Peaceful Superpower: Lessons from the World's Largest Antiwar Movement (New Village Press, 2023). 


Connie Field is a documentary film maker. She is the director of The Whistleblower of My Lai (2018). Her work has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and other film awards, including a Primetime Emmy, the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and two International Documentary Association Best Feature and Series awards. Before getting involved in film she worked as an organizer in many social and human rights organizations.


Jane Fonda is a film icon and recipient of two Academy Awards, two British-Academy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards and many other accolades for her stage, film and television artistry. She protested against the Vietnam War and supported active-duty GIs and Vietnam veterans who were organizing against the war. She was the creator and lead performer in the FTA Show and toured with the show and performed n the show at American military bases in the US and in the Pacific. She is the co-producer of the documentary film FTA.


JJ Johnson was a member of the Ft. Hood Three. While stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, in the 142nd Signal Company, 2nd Armored Division in 1966, Johnson, Dennis Mora and David Samas publicly refused orders to Vietnam. They were sentenced and imprisoned for three years at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.  He later served as communications director for SEIU Local 144 and AFSCME Local 1707.


Kathleen Gilberd has worked as a military counselor for five decades, assisting conscientious objectors, soldiers fighting sexual harassment and racial discrimination, GI whistleblowers, soldiers and sailors accused under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policies, and veterans unfairly denied benefits after “bad paper discharges.” She is the executive director of the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force and a frequent contributor to its legal publication, On Watch. She is co-author of Fighting Back, which was for many years the only legal manual on military policy on homosexuality, and a contributing author for the respected legal manual, Sexual Orientation and the Law.


John Kent is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, where he was a Company Commander and two-time All-American Wrestler. After graduation he became a jet fighter pilot, but refused to fly combat missions in Vietnam and turned in his wings. He helped to organize the San Diego Chapter of the Concerned Officers Movement and worked with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He has remained active in radical politics ever since and currently writes for Wikipedia and other publications.

Paul Lauter is a former Chicago Region Peace Education Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee and executive director of the U.S. Servicemen’s Fund. During the 1960s he worked in freedom schools in Mississippi, in Roosevelt University's Upward Bound program, and as director of the first community school project in the nation, in Washington, D.C.  He is the author of Our Sixties: An Activist’s History (University of Rochester Press, 2020) and co-founder of The Feminist Press. He served as President of the American Studies Association.

 Holly Near is a singer-songwriter, actress, teacher, and activist. She has appeared in numerous films and televisions programs, including Slaughter House Five and All in the Family and has performed at innumerable rallies and demonstrations for peace, women’s rights and other social justice issues. She has composed many songs, including Singing for Our Lives. She actively opposed the Vietnam War and joined Jane Fonda as a cast member and performer in the FTA Show.


Susan Schnall is the Co-Coordinator of Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign and an Assistant Professor at New York University in Health Policy and Planning. She is a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and the American Public Health Association. While a member of the U.S. Navy in 1969, she was tried and convicted by a general court martial for her anti-war activities, after which she worked with the United States Servicemen’s Fund in New York raising money for the GI coffee houses.


David Zeiger is a film director and producer. He is the director of Sir! No Sir! (2005), which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Best Documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Seeds of War Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Best Film on War and Peace at the Vermont International Film Festival. He is the creator of the web series This is Where We Take Our Stand (2008-09).




Webinar on The Whistleblower of My Lai for the 53d anniversary of the massacre with Professor / author Howard Jones, Vietnam helicopter pilot Lawrence Wilkerson, Film maker Connie Field, Composer Jonathan Berger, Kronos Quartet's David Harrington, Music Performer Van-Anh Vo, Moderator John McAuliff  click here

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James Lewes worked tirelessly gathering the biggest collection of underground GI newspapers and leaflets.

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