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Defending draft dodger George Kaputo

The Story

Private George Kaputo, 17, leaves the army without authorization. Fearless and hopeful, he exclaims that he wants to educate people about the war. Student radicals in New York City take up his cause and convince him to make his desertion into a political statement. Gathering in St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University they discuss a course of action. The debate evolves over four nights and centers on the following questions: how will we defend George, will we be violent or non-violent, how can we be revolutionary? The movement, however, loses steam when George goes missing and no outside authorities seem to be paying them any attention. This CBC Television report focuses on the last fateful night of decision making before George disappears into obscurity.

Medium: Television
Program: Weekend
Broadcast Date: Nov. 2, 1969
Reporter: Trina Janitch
Duration: 13:04

Did You know?

• Antiwar protests across the United States divided the nation. One of the most successful groups, Women Strike for Peace (WSP), used the slogan "Not my son, not your son, not their sons," to express their opposition to draft law. The women supported men at draft board hearings, visited resisters in prison, counselled young draft dodgers and organized protests and vigils. The group's focus has evolved over the years to focus on nuclear disarmament and American intervention in the Persian Gulf.


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