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GI Movement Spreads Across Us

Trouble is brewing in the U.S.. armed forces: a high Pentagon official compares the degree of racial tension and violence in the services in Vietnam to the stormy racial crisis inside the U.S.

An Associated Press dispatch from Saigon estimates the number of militants in the armed forces at 1%, including both blacks and whites. That's more than 30,000 soldiers.

Ten GI underground newspapers now publish from bases within the U.S. and openly attack the army, the war, and in some cases, the whole system.

Antiwar coffee houses currently enjoy a lively business in Tacoma, Washington; Killeen, Texas; and Columbia, S.C. Plans are in the .works for two to four more.

The agitation has brought a crackdown from military officials. Fort Riley, Kan, soldiers are reportedly court-martialed at the rate of 10 a day and recently an entire unit was shipped out to Vietnam at gunpoint.

At the Long Binh stockade in Vietnam, in September 1968, black soldiers seized part of the compound for several days. Two weeks ago15 men at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, refused to go to Vietnam.

Movement activities have spread to almost every base in the U.S.- especially where men come for basic training - and military officials fear an anti-war groundswell.

Shakedown, a new radical underground paper from Fort Dix, N.J.,says, "The struggle is just beginning."

WE GOT THE brASS (German Edition), no. 1


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