Library Thing – undated
Furman University – undated
The Boys Who Said No – 2019
Contemporary Anarchism – 2017
The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War – 2011
Marin Magazine – 2009
The Midpen Media Center – 2009
Commonwealth Club – 2007
Street Spirit – 2005
Antiwar.com – 2003
Confronting the War Machine – 2003
The Spirit of the Sixties – 1997
Los Angeles Times – 1986
WGBH – 1982
SF Gate – 1995
People Magazine – 1978
The Stanford Daily – 1969
Carry It On – 1969
Pacifica Radio – 1968
The Stanford Daily – 1967
Bob Fitch Photography Archive 1967-2014
April 16, 2019 at 2:18 pm
I am a proud San Diegan, I was born in 1967. I became enamored with the Vietnam generation through my developing interest in music, and in particular, the music of the Vietnam era. Public education failed miserably covering Vietnam in U.S. History class. Since then, I have instinctively sought to learn more about this war, and this era, and answer the questions why a war of this magnitude, was barely made mention of. Truth be told, I grew up with some boys that lost their fathers in Vietnam, fathers they never remembered meeting. So throughout my life I have been filling this void with information wherever I can find it or inquire; yet I have only partially quenched my thirst for more insight into the whole Vietnam apparatus at home as well as in the jungles.
A few years ago I became privy to the Constellation Vote, and the film \”Connie Stay Home\”. However, the film soon disappeared from internet searches. I reached out to Joan Baez\’s manager, who put me in touch with Neil Reichline and he kindly mailed us a DVD of the film. Gratefully we got it yesterday.
We run a modest film production company in San Diego called Resulting Impact Film Productions, and our name is our mission statement. We seek to empower audiences with stories of solutions, and more times than not those solutions are reached through organizational efforts. \”Muerte O Gloria The Rise of The American Soccer Fan\” is a film about the first American soccer fan supporters group in Major League Soccer. Our second Film is \”A Line in the Sand The Story of America\’s first Surfing Park\” which covers San Diego\’s rich surfing history and the 1960\’s protests by Surfers that shifted the public\’s attention to preserving coastal access, led to the creation of Tourmaline Surf Park in North Pacific Beach in San Diego and ultimately contributed to the creation of the Coastal Preservation Act of 1972. The film is up for broadcast consideration on KPBS and we are looking to hear back from the program director soon.
Citizens in my hometown San Diego have done what is right time and time again when called upon. I humbly ask if there exists any physical records of the Constellation Vote? What were the final tallies/results? How did this vote come to be? How was the Connie Vote organized and coordinated on the grassroots level?
Organizing, though a fundamental constitutional right, is under constant threat by an unreal (and most likely unconstitutional) level of surveillance. What can be gleaned from the \”underground\” and the anti-war movement to be usefully deployed today?What procedures can the current generations employ today that succeeded in our past?
May we engage you in a dialogue? Though we would seek to stay within the subject matter of the Connie Vote; to be honest I feel we may have a lot more questions for you and your reflections on a diverse range of subjects would prove to be very timely and important.
Matthew S. Melin
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