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A Thousand Tears Falling: The True Story of a Vietnamese by Hai Lua

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It wasn’t as if I was blindly following Tom—though I did look up to him as a friend and leader, and trusted him completely. All of us who had been involved in protesting the Selective Service exam and what we saw as Cornell’s complicity with it were fed up with the university administration’s decision to administer the “pass and go to class, fail and go to Vietnam” exam. I was one of the first to join Tom as we scrambled into Perkins’s office, and five more students succeeded in joining us before the campus cops caught up and locked the door.

It was around this time that I began reading Liberation magazine, a monthly edited by Dave Dellinger, which had become the leading voice in America for nonviolent direct action. The writings of Dellinger, A. J. Muste, Paul Goodman, Staughton Lynd, and Barbara Deming provided me with theoretical as well as practical justifications for my belief that revolutionary nonviolence need not be the least bit passive. I got to meet Dave in February 1966 when he came to Cornell to give a lecture on the New Left.

We decided to raise funds for medical supplies to aid South Vietnamese civilians, with aid going to areas controlled by the South Vietnamese government and to areas controlled by the National Liberation Front. We were trying to make the point that we were not the enemies of the Vietnamese people and wanted to stop a war that was inflicting such hardships on them. S. policy claimed we were giving aid and comfort to the enemy. ” When SDS tried to spread the word about this new program at our table in the student union, our plans were upended by the student-run Scheduling, Coordination and Activities Review Board (SCARB) and the Straight’s board of managers, both of which objected to student groups aiding the NLF in First Year at Cornell 43 any manner.

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