Come join us this Wednesday to celebrate the new issue of Fault Lines!
Take a stack of Fault Lines to distribute in your neighborhood, at events, and to your friends! Meet the members of the Fault Lines collective and find out how to get more involved.
Afterwards, stay to watch "Sir, No Sir," a film documenting the resistance formed out of the military's own rank-and-file during the Vietnam War (review below).
WHAT: Issue 19 Distribution Dinner Party + screening of "Sir, No Sir"
WHEN: Wednesday,Oct 25 8:30pm, movie at 9pm
WHERE: Station40, 3030b 16th st. (at Mission) in SF
(if you want to bring a meal or help out with cooking, contact: sakura at ssrecords [at] gmail.com
– any help is greatly appreciated!)
review from Issue 16, by Liam
Sir No Sir
Directed by David Zeiger
When most documentaries explore the anti-war movement the 60's, they use images of stoned hippies and indignant students. The flower power scene and the campus radicals dominate America's collective memory, because the most dramatic aspect of this resistance has largely been ignored, forgotten. During the Vietnam years, the Pentagon reported more than half a million "acts of desertion" by U.S. troops, radical underground media and cafes flourished on and around military bases, and soldiers blowing up their commanding officers with fragmentation grenades was epidemic.
If our country thinks of the 60's as a time of dreams, full of starry-eyed idealists and muddy nudists, Sir No Sir reveals the nightmarish flipside. This film was made by military-hating veterans of Vietnam. Through interviews and historical footage they tell their stories—angry, sad, disgusted tales of being forced to slaughter innocent women and childen, "bomb entire villages back to the stone age," refusing to march into certain death, and languishing in violent U.S. military prisons.
The film traces this history from the first conscientious objectors who locked down in San Francisco churches to avoid Vietnam to the eventual rank-and-file revolt of the ground troops that preceded full U.S. withdrawal. The vets explain how D.I.Y. "Fuck the Army" zines flooded the military bases from within, and with the burning of military prisons and mass refusals to fight, the cogs in the war machine ground to a halt.
The filmmakers are now shipping DVDs of "Sir No Sir" to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hopefully our soldiers in the Middle East pay close attention.