Minnesota and the Ultra-Resistance

Peter Simmons
Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Based on his 2018-2019 oral history project, “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 conscript young Americans into the military during the never declared Vietnam war. 

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.