Pattern of Protest

My first personal experience with mass civil disobedience was the beginning of the 1971 May Day protest in Washington, DC. It was a little awkward. I was with my high school Junior class on a trip to DC to tour the primary institutions of national government. The awkward part was that I was dutifully attired in blue blazer, white oxford-collar shirt and tie, and the contrast with the relaxed attire of the protesters was stark. My next opportunity was the No Nukes rally in DC in May, 1979. By then my attire was completely relaxed – but I did keep my shirt on.

Part of the mass of 65,000 No Nukes protesters.

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