David Wilson on conscription
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University of Miami Associate Provost for Instructional Advancement and Biology professor David Wilson remembers getting "Clean for Gene" in 1968 and helping Senator McCarthy’s campaign for the presidency. Wilson shows photos of McCarthy and of Phil Ochs singing at a demonstration held in Grant Park, Chicago. Another photo is of Rennie Davis, a member of the Chicago Seven, political radicals accused of conspiring to incite the riots that occurred during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, August 21-26, 1968. Wilson took part in a peaceful anti-war demonstration and shows a photograph in which demonstrators were assaulted with tear gas by the police. He recalls another tear gas experience when he attended (in the capacity of a medic) the Democratic National Convention at Miami Beach in 1972. The Miami police were approaching and Wilson got briefly separated from his wife, Peggy, so he began calling, "Hey, Peg!" The police thought he was saying "Pig!" and gassed him. Another anecdote involves Milton M. Cohen, Peggy’s uncle, a social activist for African American civil rights, who was was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) in 1965 and, with Jerry Stamler and Yolanda Hall, refused to testify. The defiance of Cohen, Stamler and Hall eventually brought the downfall of HUAC.