[Miami, FL]: Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1966. First Edition. Quarto (28cm); three leaves of white bond, with text printed in black, stapled at upper left corner; pp. Beginning oxidation to staple, with some scattered spotting toward upper left corner of preliminary leaf; Near Fine.
Succinct statement issued by the Board of the SCLC, following its annual meeting on April 13, 1966, in Miami, Florida. Addressing their position on the Vietnam War, the resolution notes: "SCLC as an organization committed to nonviolence must condemn this war on the grounds that it is not the way to solve social problems. Mass murder can never lead to constructive and creative government or to the creation of a democratic society in Vietnam. We call on our government to: 1. Desist from aiding the military junta against the Buddhists, Catholics and students of Vietnam whose efforts to democratize their government are more in consonance with our traditions than the policy of the military oligarchy...2. The intense expectations and hopes of the neglected poor in the United States must be regarded as a priority more urgent than pursuit of a conflict so rapidly degenerating into a sordid military adventure...We urge that our government make a forthright declaration that until a solution is reached, no program for human betterment at home will be sacrificed or curtailed. 3. We believe the moment is now opportune and the need urgent to re-assess our position and seriously examine the wisdom of prompt withdrawal. We further urge that we seriously and sincerely seek free elections and pledge to abide by their results...Only with this posture shall our nation restore its prestige in a world aghast and alarmed at the ruinous course we now pursue so vigorously and blindly." Not separately listed in OCLC.