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February 12, 2020: 20 Days In Santa Rita
Pacifica Radio is no stranger to the anti war protest. In fact, Pacifica’s founders brainstormed the idea of listener-sponsored Community Radio while being detained in a camp during World War II for their Pacifist stance on War.
Pacifica Foundation Co-founder Lew Hill and others believed that War was not the morally correct solution to resolve a dispute. Pacifica has been covering the anti-war protester since it was created in 1949 and this week we present one of the more interesting discussions on the subject.
In 1968, Pacifica Radio legendary Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson Interviews 2 women who were detained 20 days in the Santa Rita Jail for protesting the War in Vietnam. The Santa Rita Jail became famous for holding the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, singer Joan Baez and others who participated in the Anti War Movement and draft resistance movement in the 1960’s.
In fact Pacifica Radio has a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he addressed the press outside the Santa Rita Jail on January 15, 1968 as Joan Baez and her mother were still incarcerated inside.