The Activists' Watch

March 18, 2022

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
March 18 - 31

Upcoming Activist Events: March 18-31
March 19 Sierra Club work crew, Ivy
March 19 Sierra Club work crew, Quarry Park
March 19 Ivy Creek Foundation, work crew
March 20 Rivanna Conservation Alliance, workcrew
March 21 Staunton Organizing meeting
March 23 Sierra Club, recycling meeting
March 25 youth led global strike to save the planet
March 28 Staunton Organizing meeting

For complete descriptions of these events, visit
The Activists' Guide Calendar.

What happened?

March 22, 1980
On this day in 1980, 30,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., against mandatory draft registration. During the protest, issues of Resistance News, created by the National Resistance Committee, were distributed to demonstrators and participants.

The NRC was formed in 1980 to oppose registration to the draft, and the organization was active into the early 1990s. The leaflets of Resistance News dispersed to crowds elaborated on the stance of NRC which was that the organization was open to all forms of draft resistance, whether the reasoning for resisting was based on pacifism, religion, ideology, or any other reasons an individual might have for not believing that they should have to enter the draft. Draft registration in the United States was reinstated under President Carter in 1980 as part of “preparation” for the U.S. to potentially intervene in Afghanistan.

Today's Quote

Pete Seeger's words remain.
Same hatred, new situation.

What did you learn in school today
Dear little boy of mine?

I learned that policemen are my friends
I learned that justice never ends
I learned that murderers die for their crimes
Even if we make a mistake sometimes

for complete lyrics, click here

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