Stop the Draft! Now!:

Remembering the Oakland Stop the Draft Week Protests of 1967

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 6:00PM

<p><strong>Stop the Draft! Now!:</strong></p>
<p><strong>Remembering the Oakland Stop the Draft Week Protests of 1967</strong></p>
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Join the California Historical Society, Shaping San Francisco, and the Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, for a panel discussion that explores the intentions, planning, and outcomes of the historic October 1967 protests against the United States draft and the Vietnam War in general. Hear from organizers, including members of the “Oakland Seven,” who were tried for conspiracy and found not guilty by an Oakland jury, and from historians and others who will share context and stories of that era.

The Event is at the Main Branch of the Oakland Public Library in the Meeting Room


Frank Bardacke is an adjunct lecturer in U.S. History at Cal State Monterey Bay. He taught for twenty-five years at Watsonville Adult School. He is the author of Good Liberals and Great Blue Herons: Land, Politics, and Labor in the Pajaro Valley and Trampling Out the Vintage: Cesar Chavez and the Two Souls of the UFW. He is also a co-translator of Shadows of Tender Fury: Letters and Communiques of Subcomandante Marcos and EZLN.

Charles Wollenberg teaches history at Berkeley City College and is the convener of the California Studies Dinner seminar at UC Berkeley. He has written several books and articles on the social history of twentieth-century California, including What’s Going On: California and the Vietnam Era, which he co-edited. He is currently working on a biography of the civil rights attorney Wayne Collins, which will be published by Heyday next spring.

Karen Jo Koonan worked with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi for seven months in 1964-1965 after her first year of college. Upon returning to school, she became active in the anti-Vietnam War movement and later quit school again to join the staff of The Movement newspaper, which began as a Friends of SNCC newsletter in San Francisco. In 1967, she joined the effort to organize a week of anti-war, anti-draft protests calling for the shutdown of the Oakland Induction Center, which was processing draftees into the military. As one of the few women on the Stop the Draft Week Steering Committee, she became known as Number 8 of the Oakland 7, the seven committee members who were indicted for, and later acquitted of, conspiracy stemming from their organizing activities for Stop the Draft Week. As a result of her work in Stop the Draft Week, Karen Jo became active in the National Lawyers Guild, serving on local and national executive boards. She was a national president of the Lawyers Guild, the only non-lawyer to hold that office in the Guild’s 80-year history.

In addition to her work in the National Lawyers Guild, Koonan has worked as a machinist and assembly line worker and has served as president of the Board of Directors of St. Francis Square, a low and moderate income housing cooperative founded by the Longshoremen’s union, where she raised two daughters. From 1992 to 1997, she served as a commissioner on the Delinquency Prevention Commission of San Francisco. Since 1987, she has been a nationally recognized trial consultant, specializing in criminal defense and civil rights cases, using the skills and experience she developed as an organizer to assist attorneys with communicating the story of their case to a jury and with jury selection.

Chris Carlsson, is a writer, San Francisco historian, “professor,” bicyclist, tour guide, blogger, photographer, book and magazine designer. He’s lived in San Francisco since 1978 and has been self-employed in various capacities since the early 1980s. He has written two books (After the Deluge, Nowtopia) edited six books, (Reclaiming San Francisco, The Political Edge, Bad Attitude, Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration, Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78 and Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20), and co-authored the expanded second edition of Vanished Waters: The History of San Francisco’s Mission Bay. He helped co-found Critical Mass in September, 1992, and has ridden with Critical Mass rides in a dozen cities on three continents since then. His book Nowtopia, along with his role in Critical Mass, has propelled him into extended world travels since 2002, and he has had three of his books translated and published in Italy and one in Brazil. His frequent public appearances are well-represented online at Youtube and in various radio and audio archives. He has directed Shaping San Francisco since its inception in the mid-1990s, and continues to be co-director of the archive of San Francisco history at He also conducts award-winning bicycle history tours and walking tours a dozen times a year, and hosts an ongoing Public Talks series in San Francisco. Since 2011 he has been a “road scholar” in his capacity as an adjunct professor at the San Francisco Art Institute, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and most recently, the University of San Francisco.

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Shaping San Francisco> is a participatory community history project dedicated to uncovering and sharing the overlooked and forgotten histories of the City. Through free public talks, walking and bicycle history tours, a digital archive at publications like the Reclaiming San Francisco series of anthologies, and local collaborations, Shaping San Francisco seeks to make history together, recognizing that "History is a Creative Act in the Present." Links: and and (for the reclaiming series)

The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Our locations currently include 16 branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Tool Lending Library, and the African-American Museum and Library. We also offer many other special services for residents of Oakland and California. We are supported by a lively Friends of the Library group and by the Library Advisory Commission, as well as by local Friends' groups around the city. Visit our website for more details:

Things to Know:

  • This event is free to the public.
  • It is first come, first served.
  • It will be held in the Oakland Public Library's Main Branch Meeting Room at 125 14th Street, Oakland, California.

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