To the Editors:
Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam is the national student antiwar coordinating group, with regional centers in 15 cities. The students helped to organize the Easter Weekend antiwar actions—distributing leaflets, holding meetings on campuses and in communities, organizing Antiwar Basic Training Days at many schools to explain the GI antiwar movement to students who will soon be in the army.
The Committee has recently approved plans for keeping up antiwar pressure during the spring and summer, and will concentrate on planning Vietnam Commencements at many high schools and colleges. Because the majority of draftees are high school dropouts or graduates, we have initiated a national campaign to implement their free speech rights to oppose the war. We are currently involved in two cases—in Cleveland, Ohio and Maplewood, New Jersey—to fight the suspension of students wearing antiwar buttons or distributing leaflets. We are supported in this by the 1968 Tinker decision of the Supreme Court which established that students have political rights for non-disruptive protest.
We also defend GIs who oppose the war in Vietnam and wish to organize against it while on active duty. We help GIs distribute their underground newspapers. We also want to publicize cases of unconstitutional harassment of GIs, such as the cases of the Fort Jackson Eight and the Presidio 27.
To support our work contributions may be sent to Student Mobilization Committee, 857 Broadway, Desk A, Room 307, N.Y.C. 10003. New York Review readers may be interested to know that David Levine has given us seven original caricatures which have appeared in The New York Review or Esquire. Also, Tomi Ungerer has provided three large satirical ink drawings. All ten pieces were recently seen in an exhibition at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater and are for sale. Both artists are contributing the full amount realized to Student Mobilization. Levine’s works are of Harold Pinter, the young Hemingway, John Barth, Edmund Wilson as Dr. Samuel Johnson, James Jones, Levine’s depiction of Cuban literature, and his satirical representation of the symbol of the Democratic Party. Ungerer’s drawings make sharp statements on the war and the American marital condition. Anyone interested in seeing the drawings should write me at Student Mobilization, or call me at 675-8465 as soon as possible.
Director, Student Mobilization
Committee Benefit Fund
Desk A, Room 307
New York, N.Y. 10003
June 5, 1969