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Vietnam: People's Victory

Vietnam: People's Victory
In Vietnam: American Holocaust we see how a dishonest and criminal leadership in the U.S. waged a brutal war of attrition against the Vietnamese that cost over 3 million lives. In this sequel we see how the Vietnamese were able to overcome those obstacles and win their freedom in spite of the efforts of the world's greatest superpower to control them.

The struggles of people all over the world are interconnected and interdependent. Could a Black man even become president of the U.S. this early in the 21st century had not the Vietnamese struggled so hard for their own liberation?

At the very time that time when the Vietnamese were waging their struggle against colonialism and neo-colonialism, Americans were engaged in their own struggle for the civil and human rights of Black Americans. While these two struggles at first glance may appear to have little in common they were very much intertwined and mutually supportive. This interconnection showed itself on all sides in both struggles.

We will show how early on Kennedy, LBJ and others in the liberal U.S. establishment were painfully aware of the embarrassing contradiction between the portrayal of the U.S. as the champion of freedom and democracy in SEA and pitiful conditions of Black people, especially in the southern U.S. This was a powerful motivator in passing civil rights legislation in 1964 and 1965, the very years when the U.S. was ramping up it's involvement in the Vietnam War. These leaders also needed the support of Black soldiers to fight that war and that was another reason to yield to some of the demands of the civil rights movement. Sometimes the coincidences were eerie. The Supreme Court decided Brown vs. Board of Education only 10 days after the Vietnamese had won their historic victory at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and a day we focused on in Vietnam: American Holocaust, August 4, 1964, the day that the Whitehouse claimed the 2nd Gulf of Tonkin attack was the same day the FBI found the bodies of the three slain civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, and informed the Whitehouse. We will revisit the Whitehouse tapes from that day again in this film.

Those involved in the civil rights struggles of the '50's and '60's in the U.S, also saw themselves as part of a larger struggle for self-determination and freedom by 3rd world people that took place all over the globe in the wake of WWII. As their struggle progressed and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam increased at the same time, they increasingly saw their struggle was related to the Vietnam War. Notable developments here include SNCC's early opposition to the war, Muhammad Ali's refusal to fight and MLK famous speech against the war. This early opposition to the war from the Black community fueled the early resistance of Black soldiers and they in turn played a leading role in the G.I. Resistance movement. At the same time, the progressive coalition that developed around the civil rights movement because the core of the anti-war movement. Many of the individuals, organizations and tactics of the anti-war movement originated in the civil rights movement.

Finally it was the resistance of the American foot soldier, both formal and unorganized that made it impossible for the U.S. to continue the war. This G.I. resistance took its substance from the anti-war movement, the activism of the people's movements at home and the leadership of Black soldier in refusing fight.

Your contributions will make it possible for us to tell this story and complete this sequel. Help us move this project from pre-production to the theaters and DVD players were it can do some good. You will find regular reports on the work on Vietnam: People's Victory at http://VietnamAmericanHolocaust.com

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