Poster publicizing the April 24 demonstrations against the Vietnam War in Washington, DC and and San Francisco, 1971. National Peace Action Coalition, Washington.
Artwork depicts a sea of humanity surrounding the Washington Monument, beneath a reworking of the famous quote of Abraham Lincoln, "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; ...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Demands that the government, "Bring all the GI's home - End the draft NOW!"
The April 24 demonstrations saw as many half a million people march, and were noted for the prominent participation of veterans, many of whom were becoming disenchanted with the government's handling of the seemingly interminable conflict, and a growing sense that their sacrifices would be in vain. In an act of defiance that would become symbolic of the war and its damaging effects on the American psyche, on the eve of the demonstrations, hundreds of decorated Vietnam vets, inspired by Ron Kovic, threw away their medals on the barricaded steps of the Capitol building.
One of the iconic posters of the Vietnam era anti-war movement.