David McReynolds, “Hero of the Antiwar Movement,” Dies at 88

HeadlineAug 20, 2018
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And here in New York City, David McReynolds, a longtime pacifist and socialist whom historian Howard Zinn and many others have called a “hero of the antiwar movement,” has died Friday at the age of 88. For nearly four decades, from 1960 to 1999, McReynolds was a staff member with the War Resisters League, where he focused on counter-recruitment and helped organize one of the first draft card burnings, and went on to play a key role in some of major demonstrations against the Vietnam War. He also campaigned for nuclear disarmament. In 1980 and 2000, McReynolds ran for president as an openly gay man on the Socialist Party USA ticket. We’ll have more on David McReynolds’s life and legacy later in the broadcast.

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