On May 1-2, 2015, one thousand people marked the 50th anniversary of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War in Washington, DC. The 1965 protest was the beginning of what historian Howard Zinn called “the greatest antiwar movement the nation had ever experienced, a movement that played a critical part in bringing the war to an end.”
Speakers and performers at the 2015 conference included Julian Bond, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Daniel Ellsberg, Vivian Rothstein, Luis Rodriguez, Tom Hayden, former Congressmembers Ron Dellums, Pat Schroeder and Elizabeth Holtzman, Staughton Lynd, David Harris, Marilyn Webb, Margaret Prescod, Rev. Richard Fernandez, Judith Lerner, David McReynolds, Gerald Horne, Marcus Raskin, Rev. George Regas, Frances Fitzgerald, Arthur Waskow, Cora Weiss, Taylor Branch, Bernadine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Danny Glover, Phil Donahue, Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzales, Peter Yarrow and Holly Near. The conference was followed by a commemoration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.