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The Golden Rule Peace Boat at Fleet Week and the Blue Angels Air Show
KPFA's Project Censored aired one of the only broadcast segments critical of San Francisco's Fleet Week and Blue Angels Air Show, with Veterans for Peace Vice President Gerry Condon, who made his way into the Bay on The Golden Rule Peace Boat, alongside the nuclear navy. The Golden Rule is a historic sailboat which a group of Quakers used to try to sail into the Marshall Islands to protest nuclear weapons testing.
Gerry Condon, Vice President of Veterans for Peace, and captain of The Golden Rule Peace Boat, deserted from the U.S. Army in 1969 after refusing orders to deploy to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He found sanctuary in Europe and Canada for six years before returning to the U.S.A. as part of a campaign for amnesty for all war resisters.
Today, Gerry works closely with GI resisters who refuse to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the co-chair of the GI Resistance Working Group of Veterans For Peace, and serves on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
He was also the president of Chapter 92 in Seattle, and he and his partner and Associate member Helen Jaccard are currently touring Europe working with peace activists and promoting Veterans For Peace.