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Anti-Vietnam War actions, Madison WI, 1970

Ed Lefkowicz | United States

Madison, WI – May, 1970. Members of the Student Mobilization Committee on campus. On May 1, 1970, there was a general student strike in response to the news that the U.S. had expanded bombing into Cambodia. There was a march against the war, led by Veterans for Peace in Vietnam; and after the May 4 shootings at Kent State University in Ohio, there were more protests at UW Madison, which led to the police being called in, and teargassing demonstrators in the streets and on campus.

In 1970, the Vietnam War was at the forefront of the news in the U.S. There was a general student strike on May 1, in response to the news on April 30 that the U.S. had carpet-bombed Cambodia. Wisconsin's Veterans Against the War in Vietnam led a march to Wisconsin's State House, at the opposite end of State Street from the University. On May 4, at Ohio's Kent State University, protesting students were fired upon by the National Guard. Four students were killed, including two protesters and two students passing between classes. After Kent State, the campus erupted, and the police resorted to tear gas to disperse the crowds. These are photos of the march and the protests.

Ed Lefkowicz

http://lefkowicz.com

ed@lefkowicz.com

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