1970 Peoples Army Jamboree. Vortex Festival, American Legion Convention

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  • Sold Date: Jun 14, 2012
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Summer of 70, oregon throws a rock festival to drain off confrontation between Protesters(PAJ) and the Am. Legion.1 1/8" buttons Mint condition. Memento of a very strange Oregon Summer. The following is Wikipedia info on the event.

In 1970, then-President Richard Nixon scheduled an appearance at an American Legion convention in Portland, Oregon , in order to promote the continuation of the Vietnam War .[ 2] A coalition of Portland-based anti-Vietnam War groups, called the People's Army Jamboree, planned a series of demonstrations and other anti-war activities, to be held at the same time as the convention. Law enforcement at all levels, expecting massive numbers of protesters on both sides, were concerned about large-scale violence—an FBI report estimated a potential crowd of 25,000 Legionnaires and 50,000 anti-war protestors, and suggested that the result could be worse than the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago .[ citation needed ]

A loose association of Portland counterculture groups banded together to devise a strategy that would highlight the best parts of the newly-evolving peace community. Koinonia House, a peace-activist Christian group hosted a public meeting and from there the idea of a "Biodegradable Festival of Life" called Vortex 1 came into being. People from that meeting including
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