People's Peace Treaty - 1971
A propagandistic People's Peace Treaty was created by North Vietnam and communist sympathizers in the U.S. in 1970-71 in an attempt to promote a "people's" movement to end the war in Vietnam. The U.S. groups who actually helped to write the "treaty" included a group created with that name, the leftist-takenover National Student Association (NSA), and former leaders of the pro-Hano Vietnam Moratorium Committee (VMC).
The full history of this organization, with photos, can be found in the House Internal Security Committee (HISC) series of hearings entitled "National Peace Action Coalition and People's Coalition for Peace and Justice" Part 1, May 18-21, 1971.
"A Joint Treaty of Peace Between the People of the United States, South Vietnam & North Vietnam" can be found in a shorten version on pp. 1631-1632 of the above cited hearing and was signed by the literally non-existent South Vietnam National Student Union, South Vietnam Liberation Student Union, North Vietnam Student Union, NSA, Saigon, Hanoi and Paris, December 1970.
A list of people whose name appeared in the New York Times, March 7, 1971, in an ad paid for by the "People's Peace Treaty" was published in the conservative weekly Human Events, March 27, 1971, p. 14, along with an article about this propaganda operation. Under the title of "The Backers of the 'Peoples' Peace Treaty'", Human Events published the following signers/supporters of the ad.
- Rev. Ralph Abernathy - President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
- Congresswoman Bella Abzug - New York (D-NY)
- Barbara Ackerman - Cambridge City Councilwoman
- Joan Baez
- Rev. Daniel Berrigan (S.J.)
- Rev. Philip Berrigan (S.J.)
- Julian Bond - State Representative, Georgia
- Rev. Malcom Boyd
- Rabbi Balfour Brickner
- Robert McAfee Brown - Stanford University
- Roscoe Lee Brown
- Rt. Rev. John H. Burt - Episcopal Bishop of Ohio
- Godfrey Cambridge
- Noam Chomsky - MIT
- Kenneth Cockrel - attorney
- Rev. William Sloane Coffin - Yale
- Judy Collins
- Congressman John Conyers, Jr. - Michigan (D-Mich)
- Bishop William Crittenden -- Eire, Pennsylvania