Thursday, October 25, 2007

What do you do when a child is on fire?

Like so many events throughout America’s past, the story of the Camden 28 has virtually been forgotten. Today, two filmmakers, Anthony Giacchino and David Dougherty, are working to save this history. I am supporting them because I believe that one of the worst things about the way history is taught is that it ignores or minimizes those times in history when people who are apparently powerless have gotten together, organized themselves and accomplished remarkable things. And something remarkable happened in Camden. The Camden 28 action and trial is worthy of being remembered because it will help educate the American public about civil disobedience, the importance of protest, and the citizen's role in a democracy.

- Howard Zinn

This doc on PBS' Independent Lens was ok; The Camden 28 were some crazy muthaphukas; well-intentioned, crazy white liberals but in this case at least the type of crazy white liberals who move to action that leads to infamy. In their case, they were breaking into draft boards and destroying draft notices. That's some crazy shit!

We are twenty-eight men and women who, together with other resisters across the country, are trying with our lives to say “no” to the madness we see perpetrated by our government in the name of the American people – the madness of our Vietnam policy, of the arms race, of our neglected cities and inhuman prisons. We do not believe that it is criminal to destroy pieces of paper which are used to bind men to involuntary servitude, which train these men to kill, and which send them to possibility die in an unjust, immoral, and illegal war. We stand for life and freedom and the building of communities of true friendship. We will continue to speak out and act for peace and justice, knowing that our spirit of resistance cannot be jailed or broken.

The beginning of the flick was cool, because the narrator--one of the 28--posed a question in light of the famous Nick Ut pic of the Viet girl (Kim Phuc) running naked down the road due to a napalm attack: