Minnesotans and the Ultra-Resistance
Mr. Simmons was born in North Minneapolis in 1950, and has been a life-long Minneapolis resident. After involvement in the draft resistance and peace movements, he was convicted in 1970 of violating the Selective Service Act, and spent twenty months in Federal Prison in Colorado. His "We Won't Go..." project was assisted and made possible by the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum.
Based on his 2018-2019 oral history project, "We Won't Go, and We Don't Want You to Go Either," Peter Simmons will talk about Minnesotans who, during 1967-1970, took part in raids on Selective Service offices (draft boards) in Minnesota and elsewhere, aiming to cripple the ability of the government to to conscript young American's into the military during the never-declared Vietnam war.